Suzanne Somers

Suzanne Somers

  • Highest Rated: 97% Bullitt (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% Say It Isn't So (2001)
  • Birthday: Oct 16, 1946
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Though best known for portraying rather ditzy blondes in television series such as Three's Company and Step by Step, there is much more to Suzanne Somers than meets the eye. In addition to acting, Somers has found success as an author, poet, entrepreneur, spokeswoman, nightclub performer and talkshow hostess. The daughter of a secretary and high school athletic coach, Somers briefly attended a private Catholic School until she was expelled for passing notes to her friends. Following graduation from public school, Somers attended Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. Marrying and divorcing early, Somers had a child to support, so she sought out modelling and acting work, with a few stints as a cocktail waitress. TV bit roles and fleeting appearances in such San Francisco-based films as Bullitt (1968) led to a decorative girl-friday job on a TV game show hosted by Alan Hamel, whom she eventually married. Always just on the brink of stardom, Somers took whatever job came along, gaining a measure of attention as the mysterious "blonde in the car" in the 1973 film American Graffiti (a role later expanded for the film's reissue after Somers became famous). One audition struck gold in 1977 when Somers was cast as the dumbest of dumb blondes Chrissy on the ABC sitcom Three's Company where Somers scored a hit with viewers. This being the Fonzie/Farrah Fawcett Majors era of TV idolatry, Somers was suddenly catapulted into sex-symbol status, with one of her "pin-up" photos selling 500,000 copies. This sudden fame led Somers to insist upon a salary raise - but the producers weren't prepared to pay $100,000 weekly for an actress previously receiving $30,000, nor did they want to give her a percentage of profits. Somers tried to break her contract, but was held to it by the producers, who forced her into what was virtually an extra role, limiting her weekly appearance to one minute, physically separated from her co-stars. Somers was off the show by 1980, and up until 1986 rarely appeared on television. Instead, Somers found success headlining a Las Vegas show where she pulled down $100,000 for each performance. The comeback began with a 1986 syndicated situation comedy, She's the Sheriff, which lasted two years. In the '90s, Somers began marketing exercise equipment products such as the Thighmaster and Buttmaster, via television infomercials. The products' success have made Somers a millionaire...again. She was the mom on the long-lived ABC sitcom Step By Step throughout the 1990s, also appearing in Serial Mom and No Laughing Matter. As the new century began she became a fitness guru by writing multiple books about aging, appearing in the 2009 documentary How to Live Forever in that capacity.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

60% How to Live Forever Participant $59.3K 2011
No Score Yet Suzanne Somer's Breakthrough Tour Actor 2010
9% Say It Isn't So Herself $4.9M 2001
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Malley 1998
No Score Yet No Laughing Matter Emma 1997
63% Serial Mom Herself 1994
No Score Yet Seduced by Evil Lee Lindsay 1994
No Score Yet Exclusive Marcy Singer 1992
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Abigail Adams 1980
No Score Yet Yesterday's Hero Cloudy Martin 1979
No Score Yet Zuma Beach Bonnie Katt 1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor Gloria 1977
No Score Yet Ants Actor 1977
No Score Yet Sky Hei$t Actor 1975
96% American Graffiti Blonde in T-Bird 1973
78% Magnum Force Pool Girl (uncredited) 1973
97% Bullitt Actor 1968

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Reality cast member
  • 2015
No Score Yet FABLife
2015-2016
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
2009
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Suzanne Show
2012-2013
Host
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Revolution
2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Step by Step
1991-1998
Carol Foster
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1996
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Herself
  • 1994
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1993
No Score Yet Three's Company
1977-1984
Chrissy Snow Chrissy
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Ropers
1979-1980
Chrissy Snow
  • 1979
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Stripper Jane
  • 1977
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Ginny Nelson
  • 1974

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