Suzanne Somers, the beloved actress known for her iconic roles on “Three’s Company” and as a renowned fitness pitchwoman, has passed away at the age of 76. Her longtime publicist, R. Couri Hay, confirmed her death, revealing that she succumbed peacefully at home on the morning of October 15th.
A Long Battle with Cancer
Despite her age, Suzanne Somers had battled an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years. She leaves behind a legacy that spans a diverse and accomplished career.
Family by Her Side
At the time of her passing, Suzanne surround by her loving husband, Alan, her son, Bruce, and her immediate family. The family had initially gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th, but instead, they will commemorate her extraordinary life and extend their gratitude to the millions of fans who held a special place in their hearts for Suzanne.
Courage and Resilience
In July, Suzanne revealed a recurrence of her breast cancer, and she addressed her health challenges on Instagram, showcasing her resilience and determination. She had previously battled the disease in 2001.
“Three’s Company” and Stardom
Suzanne Somers is best known for her role as Chrissy Snow in the hit ABC sitcom “Three’s Company,” which aired during the late ’70s and early ’80s. The show’s immense popularity catapulted her to stardom. Her portrayal of the bubbly but endearing character left an indelible mark on television history.
Beyond Acting: An Author and Fitness Icon
Somers extended her career into various other domains. She authored multiple bestselling books, including “Sexy Forever,” “Knockout,” and “Ageless.” Her partnership with ThighMaster turned her into a fitness icon, and her energetic endorsements left a significant imprint in the world of fitness.
A Life of Reinvention
Following her departure from “Three’s Company,” Suzanne Somers reinvented herself as a Las Vegas entertainer, earning recognition as Las Vegas Female Entertainer of the Year in 1987 alongside the legendary Frank Sinatra.
From “Three’s Company” to “Step by Step”
In 1991, she found success again in the scripted TV world when she took on the role of Carol Foster Lambert in the family-friendly sitcom “Step by Step.” She continued to make appearances on various TV shows, including “Full House,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “The Simpsons.”
A Wellness Advocate
Suzanne Somers ventured into the wellness space and appeared as a fitness personality in the ’90s, most notably in infomercials for the ThighMaster. She authored over two dozen wellness books, many of which became New York Times bestsellers.
A Legacy of Fearless Aging
Suzanne Somers was known for her candid discussions about aging without fear, emphasizing self-acceptance and confidence. Her commitment to health and wellness remained a significant part of her life’s work.
Suzanne Somers will be remembered not only for her contributions to the entertainment industry but also for her resilience, advocacy for wellness, and her indomitable spirit in the face of health challenges. Her legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.