October 16, 2023

Actress Suzanne Somers Dead at 76

One of the sweethearts of the acting industry has left us.

Those who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s will remember Suzanne Somers for playing Chrissy Snow in "Three's Company."

Somers died on Sunday after losing her battle with breast cancer. She was 76 years old.

She's Gone

Reports broke on Sunday afternoon that Somers had passed away at home that morning.

Somers was a tough cookie, fighting breast cancer for over 20 years.

Her representative stated, "Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family. Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th.

"Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly. A private family burial will take place this week, with a memorial to follow next month."

Somers was first diagnosed with skin cancer four decades ago, then she found out she had breast cancer when she was in her 50s.

In July, Somers broke the news that the cancer had returned and was worse than ever. She stated, "I have been living with cancer for decades now, using the best of alternative and conventional medicine to keep it at bay. Every time that little f----- pops up, I continue to bat it back."

Somers was a native Californian and about as pretty as it gets, taking American hearts by storm in "Three's Company," opposite John Ritter (Jack Tripper) and Joyce DeWitt (Janet Wood).

Ritter's role as Tripper was a man trying to fool their landlord into thinking he was gay so that he could stay in the apartment with two women. Watching him flip between straight and gay had people holding their bellies from laughing so hard, but it was a narrative you could not have on TV today.

Somers played Chrissy, a dimwitted blonde who was often the punchline, but she embraced the role and became a fan favorite.

After "Three's Company," her next big role was in "She's Sheriff," which ran for three seasons, and "Step by Step," which was actually her most successful show, running from 1991-98.

Somers last role was a very small role in "Say It Isn't So," in 2001.

Rest in peace, Suzanne.

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