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birth date:
October 16, 1946

birth place:
San Bruno, California, USA

It may be more than 20 years since Suzanne Somers last appeared on Three's Company, but her portrayal of Chrissy Snow, the ditzy but lovable character she brought to life in the late '70s, remains a television classic. Since then, she's managed to elude the trap of typecasting and shown us what the real Suzanne is capable of achieving.

She was first seen by mass audiences playing the mysterious T-Bird driving blonde in George Lucas' cult classic American Graffiti (1973). She became a household name portraying Chrissy on ABC's hit comedy Three's Company (1977-1981). In the late '80s, she became one of the first celebrities to appear in an infomercial and helped make the ThighMaster a success. Somers spent much of the '90s authoring a series of best-selling books, and starring in another ABC comedy hit, Step by Step (1991-1998).


. Suzanne Somers

Magnum Force (1973)

Title: Magnum Force
Released: 1973
Genre: Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Runtime: 124 min
Country: USA
Language: English

Plot Summary: San Francisco Police Inspector `Dirty' Harry Callahan and his new partner, Early Smith have been temporarily reassigned from Homicide to Stakeout Duty. Meanwhile, those of the city's criminals who manage to avoid punishment by the courts are nevertheless being killed by unknown assassins. Callahan begins to investigate the murders despite the orders of his superior officer, Lieutenant Briggs. A man has to know his limitations...

Comments: Magnum Force the follow up to Dirty Harry (1971) and with three more to come in the near future, Magnum Force is a classic early seventies drama cop thriller, but with abit of a different added spice, with a sequel, something that's not unknown to Eastwood but is unknown in Hollywood of the time. Magnum Force, in my opinion would be the second best Harry films, of course the first one (1971) sits atop for me in the five part series. But Magnum is very original in its own right, it continued to pave the way for dramatic action films, and especially the cop genre. It lacks abit for greatness quality, but most movies do. Eastwood's the man, gotta love the East, gotta love San Fran for cop thrillers and car chasing. 10/10: Simply, great and fun movie to watch.

Scene Description: Suzanne Somers jumping up and down in a pool while topless.

..Movie Stills

When she was 16 she hit her father over the head with a tennis racket to stop his abuse during a drunken rage. He suffered a concussion, and did not speak to Suzanne for 2 years.

Was almost chosen to be one of "Charlie's Angels" before the producers decided to go with Farrah Fawcett for the role.

While performing in Las Vegas, she had to paint one shoe red and the other black in order to learn the choreography of the dance numbers. She could not tell her right from her left because of her dyslexia. In 1990, founded the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on Families, in Palm Springs, CA. In 1991, won the Humanitarian Award from the National Council on Alcoholism.

Associated with the Thighmaster exercise device.

At the beginning of the 1980-81 season of "Three's Company", she asked for a raise from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 an episode and 10% ownership of the show. She was denied, and then boycotted the second and fourth shows of the season, claiming illness. ABC forced her to finish out the remaining season on her contract, but cut her character's role to 1 minute a week in taping. She was escorted by a security guard to a soundstage behind the set, where she filmed her few scenes, because she was no longer allowed on the set with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. Somers was then fired after her contract expired, and she sued ABC for $2 million, claiming her credibility in the business had been damaged. The suit was settled for about $30,000.

Graduated from Capuchino High School. Was active in drama.

Suzanne was fired from "Three's Company" (1977), in the 1980-81 season, by demanding $150,000 an episode, and 10% ownership of the program, also for breach of contract.

Initially, got the role of Jill Munroe in "Charlie's Angels" (1976) but, lost it to Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Announced on Larry King Live that she is battling breast cancer, and that she is undergoing homeopathic treatment against the will of her doctors. She also underwent liposuction in an effort to deal with the effects of the cancer. [28 March 2001]

She was also the brunette walking along the beach of the opening credits of the first 3 seasons of "Three's Company". She was wearing a wig.

Appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1973.

Was named Las Vegas' Female Entertainer of the Year in 1986.

Was arrested in 1970 for passing bad checks; the charges were dropped when she paid restitution.

Studied Marilyn Monroe's poses from her movies, and then copied them for media photos during her "Three's Company" days.

She and Joyce DeWitt have not spoken for almost 20 years.

Hired Jay Bernstein to manage her and do for her what he did for Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

Step-children (from Hamel), Steven and Leslie.

Daughter of Marion Mahoney.

Sister of Maureen Gilmartin and Daniel Mahoney.

Mother of Bruce Somers.

24 January 2003, Received Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Measurements: 35C-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

she was the fourth actress to be hired for the Chrissy role on Three's Company. Actress Suzanne Zenor played Samantha, a Chrissy type in the first pilot. After being rewritten as Chrissy Snow, ABC hired then fired Denise Galik Furey, replacing her with Susan Lanier. After ABC reviewed the 2nd pilot, they dropped Lanier and hired Somers.

Personal quotes

"Playing Chrissy Snow was the greatest opportunity I was ever given. I had the chance to create the most lovable character on television at that time."

Suzanne Somers - Filmography
Below is a complete filmography (list of movies she's appeared in)

Darklings, The (1999) (TV) .... Clara Hagen/Emily Shepherd
No Laughing Matter (1998) (TV) .... Emma Poleski
Rusty: A Dog's Tale (1997) .... Malley the Dog
... aka Rusty: The Great Rescue (1997) (USA: video title)
Love-Struck (1997) (TV) .... Venus
Devil's Food (1996) (TV) .... Sally McCormick
"VH1's 8-Track Flashback" (1995) TV Series .... Host
Seduced by Evil (1994) (TV) .... Lee
"Suzanne Somers Show, The" (1994) TV Series .... Host
Exclusive (1992) (TV) .... Marcy Singer
"Step by Step" (1991) TV Series .... Carol Baker Foster Lambert
Rich Men, Single Women (1990) (TV) .... Paige

Totally Minnie (1988) (TV) .... Director
... aka Disney's Totally Minnie (1988) (TV) (USA: complete title)
"She's the Sheriff" (1987) TV Series .... Sheriff Hildy Granger
Goodbye Charlie (1985) (TV) .... Charlie/Charlene
"Hollywood Wives" (1985) (mini) TV Series .... Gina Germaine
Nothing Personal (1980) .... Abigail Adams

Yesterday's Hero (1979) .... Cloudy Martin
Zuma Beach (1978) (TV) .... Bonnie Katt
Happily Ever After (1978) (TV) .... Mattie
... aka Tonight's the Night (1978) (TV) (USA: alternative title)
"Three's Company" (1977) TV Series .... Christmas 'Chrissy' Snow (1977-1981)
It Happened at Lakewood Manor (1977) (TV) (as Susane Somers) .... Gloria Henderson
... aka Ants! (1977) (TV)
... aka Panic at Lakewood Manor (1977) (TV)
Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) .... Party Girl
Sky Heist (1975) (TV) .... Female Reporter
"High Rollers" (1974) TV Series .... Assistant (1974-80)
... aka "New High Rollers, The" (1978) (USA: new title)
Magnum Force (1973) (uncredited) .... Pool Girl
American Graffiti (1973) .... Blonde in T-Bird

"Anniversary Game" (1969) TV Series .... Model
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969) (uncredited) .... Sidewalk Extra

Suzanne Somers - Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Wayne Brady Show, The" (2002) playing "Herself" 17 March 2004
"Entertainment Tonight" (1981) playing "Herself" 16 October 2003
"Biography" (1987) playing "Herself" in episode: "John Ritter: In Good Company" 30 October 2002
"Howard Stern Show, The" (1994) playing "Herself" 27 January 1999
"Howard Stern Show, The" (1994) playing "Herself" 28 October 1997
"Rosie O'Donnell Show, The" (1996) playing "Herself" 17 March 1997
"Simpsons, The" (1989) playing "Herself" (voice) in episode: "The Day the Violence Died" (episode # 7.18) 17 March 1996
"Naked Truth, The" (1995/I) playing "Herself" in episode: "Star and Comet Collide! Giant Bugs Invade!" (episode # 1.8) 15 November 1995
"Full House" (1987/I) playing "Herself" in episode: "Love on the Rocks" (episode # 7.19) 1 March 1994
"Larry Sanders Show, The" (1992) playing "Herself" in episode: "Larry Loses Interest" (episode # 2.9) 21 July 1993
"Sisters" (1991) playing "Herself" in episode: "Moving Pictures" (episode # 3.17) 13 February 1993
"On Stage America" (1984) playing "Herself" 1984
"Ropers, The" (1979) playing "Chrissy Snow" in episode: "The Party" (episode # 2.1) 15 September 1979
"Six Million Dollar Man, The" (1974) playing "Jenny Fraser" in episode: "The Cheshire Project" (episode # 5.11) 18 December 1977
"Starsky and Hutch" (1975) playing "Jane Hutton" in episode: "Murder Ward" (episode # 3.4) 8 October 1977
"Love Boat, The" (1977) playing "Lorraine Hoffman" in episode: "Captain and the Lady, The/One If By Land/Centerfold" (episode # 1.1) 24 September 1977
"Starsky and Hutch" (1975) playing "Linda Offenbecker" in episode: "The Vampire" (episode # 2.5) 30 October 1976
"Starsky and Hutch" (1975) playing "Sally Ann Sloan" in episode: "Savage Sunday" (episode # 1.1) 10 September 1975
"Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The" (1962) playing "Herself" 23 June 1975
"Rockford Files, The" (1974) playing "Virginia Nelson" in episode: "The Big Ripoff" (episode # 1.8) 25 October 1974
"Lotsa Luck" (1973) in episode: "Bummy's Girl" 8 March 1974
"Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The" (1962) playing "Herself" 6 March 1974
"Lassie" (1954) playing "Linda Banning" in episode: "High Water" (episode # 11.20) 31 January 1965
"Ben Casey" (1961) playing "Collie Smith" (as Suzy Somers) in episode: "If There Were Dreams to Sell" (episode # 3.5) 9 October 1963