Joyce DeWitt got famous after appearing on the cult television show Three’s Company.
Joyce DeWitt was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on April 23, 1949, to Paul and Norma DeWitt.
Joyce from an early age knew what she wanted and didn’t hesitate to go for it.
She told Playbill, “Growing up, I was a total movie-holic, but I always wanted to play the role that Clark Gable was playing or Spencer Tracy was playing. I was never interested in the parts that women were playing. I found the parts that guys were playing were so much more interesting.”
“[Performing] was never a hobby. I wasn’t even in school yet, and I knew what I was going to do. Of course, everybody just laughed at me. I knew very early on.”
At the age of 13, she made her debut on stage.
She graduated from college in 1972 and headed straight for Hollywood. It wasn’t so easy to get gigs, but she wasn’t willing to give up and waited.
She wanted to head for Broadway when the role which was going to change her life forever came in front of her.
Joyce DeWitt told The Spec, “It was such a gift. I mean, it was iconic. But who would have thought it? All we were trying to do was make people laugh. When I think about it, the show was an attempt to do a contemporary version of a 16th-century farce. It was about silliness running wild. I mean, we were talking about serious issues at times, but that was always somewhere underneath.”
She starred in the television comedy series named Three’s Company as Janet Wood alongside John Ritter and Suzanne Somers.
We don’t want people to just laugh but to fall over their couch laughing,’” she added. “The real issue was always the depth of friendship and the love those characters had for each other. That’s what drew people to them, said John Ritter.
The show was canceled in 1984, and Joyce felt she wasn’t going back to the big screens again.
“It was time,” she said. “I was ready for quiet and reflection. I loved being Janet, but she was never my whole reason for getting up in the morning. My identity and self-worth weren’t wrapped up in her, and that shows.”
“Of course, there’s a lonely period. I missed the characters as much as the people who played them,” she added. “But I’m a hermit. My instinct is to go into the cave and ponder, not stand outside and howl. ‘Oh, I have a gregarious side, but there’s the inner Joyce too.”
Recalling her last moments with John Ritter before his passing, they had a lot to talk about.
He was in a hotel not far from where Joyce was headed, she picked up her phone and called.
“As I’m walking out the door, the phone rings, and I pick it up, and it’s Johnathan,” she recalled. “And he goes, ‘Baby, we’ve got three parties and a dinner to do tonight. I’ll pick you up at 7!” It was so delicious … and a month later, he passed.”
At the age of 72, Joyce is doing great on the big screens and she’s not stopping anytime soon.