Suzanne Somers, best known for her role as the vivacious Chrissy Snow on the iconic TV show ‘Three’s Company,’ has passed away at the age of 76. She departed peacefully at her home during the early hours of October 15, as confirmed by her publicist, R. Couri Hay, on behalf of the family.
Suzanne Somers was more than just a talented actress; she was a multifaceted personality who ventured into various domains of the entertainment industry and beyond. Her journey in the spotlight began in the early 1960s, featuring in uncredited film roles. However, her first credited appearance on screen was in George Lucas’s Oscar-nominated film “American Graffiti” in 1973, where she played the role of the “blonde in a T-Bird.”
Throughout the early ’70s, Somers appeared in various television shows, including “One Day at a Time,” “The Love Boat,” and “Starsky and Hutch.” But it was her role as the bubbly Chrissy Snow in ‘Three’s Company’ that catapulted her to stardom. Starring alongside the late John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt, Somers portrayed the lovable, slightly ditzy receptionist for five seasons between 1977 and 1981. The sitcom was a massive hit and held the number one spot in the country, earning Somers a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers.
In 2015, during an interview with CNN, she reflected on her time with ‘Three’s Company,’ saying, “Being on the No. 1 show in the country, there was a collective consciousness because about half of everybody watching television on Tuesday nights were watching ‘Three’s Company.’ I feel very fortunate that I got in at that moment in time.”
Suzanne Somers’ influence extended well beyond her acting career. She authored multiple books, including bestsellers like “Sexy Forever,” “Knockout,” and “Ageless.” Her advocacy for wellness and health, along with her famous partnership with the ThighMaster, turned her into something of a fitness icon. She also hosted her own talk show and became a successful wellness entrepreneur. The ThighMaster, in particular, became a household fitness accessory, thanks to her promotion and marketing efforts.
Suzanne Somers’ passing was due to breast cancer, as confirmed by her daughter-in-law, Caroline Somers, speaking to the New York Times. The statement to NBC emphasized that she had “survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” a testament to her resilience and determination.
In her final moments, Suzanne Somers was surrounded by her loving husband, Alan, her son, Bruce, and her immediate family. The family had initially gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16 but will now come together to commemorate her extraordinary life and the profound impact she made in the world of entertainment, wellness, and beyond.
As the news of her passing reverberates throughout the world, fans and followers, along with the entire entertainment industry, pay their respects to the woman who brought laughter and joy into countless households and made a lasting impression as an advocate for well-being. Suzanne Somers’ legacy will undoubtedly endure, reminding us of the significant contributions she made throughout her remarkable life.