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Suzanne Somers made peace with John Ritter before his death

Actress Suzanne Somers is thankful she made peace with late comedian John Ritter days before his 2003 death after they fell out over a pay dispute when they were stars on hit sitcom “Three’s Company” 30 years ago.

The pair struck up a friendship after landing the roles of Chrissy Snow (Somers) and Jack Tripper (Ritter) on the cult comedy, which debuted in 1977.

But a rift formed between them in the early 1980s when the actress demanded to receive the same wage as Ritter and the male members of the cast, which would have boosted her salary from $30,000 an episode to $150,000.

Her pay request was refused, prompting her to go on strike; she was subsequently written out of the show.

Somers, who still stands by her decision to demand more cash, didn’t speak to Ritter for years afterward – until he tracked her down at a hair salon one day in 2003.

Speaking on “The Talk” on Tuesday, Somers says, “We did (reconcile). I was in a beauty salon and I hadn’t talked to him in a long time. I really felt so badly because I love John Ritter and it was over a contract dispute that never should have infiltrated John and I…

“In the beauty salon, the receptionist comes over and says, ‘You have a phone call… It’s John Ritter.’ I go over and pick up the phone and he says, ‘Listen, I forgive you.’ I had a little trouble with that, but I let that go, and I said, ‘I love you and I’ve always loved you.’”

Ritter invited his former co-star to make a cameo appearance on his new show “8 Simple Rules” – and they were in the process of making it happen when he suddenly died from an aortic dissection on September 11, 2003.

But Somers is pleased they managed to make amends before his untimely passing – because she will always hold his talents in high regard.

She adds, “I’m so grateful we made peace. There’s Dick Van Dyke and John Ritter, the two greatest physical comics of our generation.”

Suzanne Somers brought a sweet and sentimental touch to Monday’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars,” reprising her “Three’s Company” character Chrissy Snow to pay tribute to her late co-star John Ritter.

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For Somers’ performance, the reality-TV series went all out, re-creating the vintage set of the hit ’70s sitcom that starred Ritter, Somers and Joyce DeWitt. Even Somers’ dance partner, Tony Dovolani, immersed himself in the experience, standing in for Ritter to play the role of Jack Tripper.

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“What are you eating?” Somers asked, in character.

“Brains,” Dovolani replied, as Jack.

“Oh. I never had any brains,” Somers joked.

To the studio audience’s delight, the two then glided across the set’s living-room floor to perform a fox-trot that ended with twirl after twirl, and the kind of physical comedy that would fit right in on “Three’s Company.”

With Somers seated on the set’s couch, Dovolani gesticulated that he wanted a hug and leaped toward her arms, only for her to turn aside and grab the bowl of “brains.” With no arms to catch Dovolani, his momentum launched him over the entire couch.

It appeared to be an emotional night for Somers, who also posted a black-and-white photo of herself and Ritter, with the caption, “A legendary comedian and even dearer friend. I love you, John.”

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— — This week marked the 40th anniversary of one of the top sitcoms of the ’70s and early ’80s: “Three’s Company.”

The show made stars out of its three leads: John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt and especially Suzanne Somers, who played ditzy blonde bombshell Chrissy Snow.

The actress, author and businesswoman, 70, told ABC News that she had no idea the comedy about the misadventures of two women and one man sharing an apartment, and their neighbors — played by Audra Lindley and Norman Fell — would become a massive TV hit.

“I remember said on the first day of the table reading, ‘The show is really going to be a powerhouse,'” she recalled, “and I couldn’t have that vision at that time. But in looking back, they kinda knew what they had.”

One reason for the show’s success? Timing, admitted Somers.

“When you think about it, there was only three choices — NBC, ABC and CBS. So, on any Tuesday night, if you were watching television, usually over half of the country was watching ‘Three’s Company,'” she explained.

There’s something “iconic” about the show, noted Somers, especially in Palm Springs, California, where she lives these days.

“When they have the gay parade, they still dress up as Chrissy,” she said. “And when my son was at Berkeley, they had ‘Three’s Company’ parties where people dressed up like Jack, Janet and Chrissy, so there’s something iconic about it.”

Somers said she appreciates that so many people still have fond memories of the show.

“All I feel is privileged and lucky to have been able to put out something that still to this day warms people’s hearts. How nice,” she gushed.

The actress said that while many of their contemporaries can barely get out of bed, she and Hamel are having sex twice a day.

“I usually say I sleep through one of them,” Somers joked. “That’s usually that one at 4 o’clock in the morning. But, you know, then again around 8 o’clock in the morning, I’m in the mood.”

Somers and Hamel have been married since 1977 — and she insisted the sparks are still sizzling.

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“Oh, he’s just so beautiful,” she said. “I had sex with him on our very first date just in case there wasn’t a second one. I just wanted to be with him that first time.”

Somers’ declaration for Hamel comes just weeks after she endured backlash from social media users, who expressed strong opinions about her Instagram snap celebrating her 73rd birthday in nothing but her “birthday suit.”

“I’m 73, I love the way I feel,” Somers told Fox News exclusively at the time. “I love my great health, I adore my husband and family and it was very hot that day! Haha.”

Hamel also wasn’t worried about “these few haters.”

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“I am uncertain whether Suzanne has a comment about these few haters who routinely turn up on her digital platforms,” Hamel told Fox News. “It’s usually the same group and we ignore them and not provide them any oxygen. If Suzanne announced she had found a cure for cancer, they would still be doing their hate thing.”

“I believe these are people who are desperately unhappy with who they are personally and get off anonymously saying negative things about people they do not know,” he continued. “It would be easy to block these folks, but we believe in the First Amendment big time.”

Back in 2017, Somers told Fox News her business/romance collaboration with Hamel continues to thrive decades later.

“I am madly in love,” she declared. “I still am. It’s bizarre to me that after 40 years of marriage and 50 years together that I still feel that way. But he turns me on, and I think I turn him on, and it’s always been like that. You know the way it is when you first start dating someone and this might be the one? That feeling has never gone away.”

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“So is this luck? I don’t know. A good relationship is not about luck. It’s about really putting in the effort to make sure that you give each other a lot of attention and respect… But if you throw in the other component of you turn one another on, that kind of makes it really great.”

Suzanne Somers’ days as Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company” may be decades behind her, but she’s still a blond bombshell today.

The star, who celebrated her 73rd birthday Wednesday, shared a photo on Instagram that left no doubt about that.

The pic shows Somers completely in the buff.

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“Here I am at 73 in my Birthday Suit!!!” she wrote in the caption that accompanied the shot.

The actress, author and wellness guru can be seen crouching among the flora of what looks a lot like the Palm Springs property she put on the market earlier this year, with only the plants around her — and a couple of well-placed hands — keeping things on the acceptable side of Instagram’s no-nudity policy.

The comments from fans that followed raved about the image, calling it “awesome,” “amazing,” “beautiful” and “stunning.”

And those weren’t the only people who had something to say about it.

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When Hoda Kotb and guest co-host Andy Cohen took a look at Somers’ post during the fourth hour of TODAY Thursday, Cohen said he liked was he saw.

“I am here for it!” he said. “She is Somersized; she is ThighMastersized. She is in the field, and … I love it!”

And Hoda had to agree.

“She’s embracing it all,” she cheered. “She’s fearless.”

Suzanne Somers Responds to Trolls After Posting Nude Photo on Her 73rd Birthday

Editors Note: This post was originally published on October 17, 2019. It was updated on October 24, 2019, after Suzanne Somers responded to the social media comments about her Instagram post.

It looks like Suzanne Somers has a few words to tell her trolls after she recently posted a photo of her naked on her 73rd birthday. Through an interview, she decided to put down her haters stating, “When you’re 73 years old and you want to take your clothes off, you don’t like it, too darn bad.” The actress laughed after her comment, seeing the bright side of the situation and not caring much about what other people have to stay.

Her comment comes after several online users, specifically on her Instagram page, we’re commenting how she shouldn’t be posing naked since she is over 70-years-old. Safe to say Somers doesn’t care what people say or think about her, because well if I looked like that at her age I wouldn’t mind either.

Somers stated all her photos are taken by her husband Alan Hamel, who she has been married to since 1977. If this incident taught me anything, is that I should probably find a man that will take pictures of me while wearing no clothes in the middle of a field and not care what people think. Is that the secret to marriage? Go, Suzanne, go!

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Listen up ladies and gentlemen, you are allowed to do whatever you want during your birthday! Well, almost everything. You can’t go around killing people, or you know, rob some banks here and there. But, you ARE allowed to post whatever you want because well, you’re celebrating surviving another year around the sun. That’s tough to do. Which is exactly what actress Suzanne Somers did. But no, trolls being trolls decided to attack poor Somers on her birthday and made a huge deal about it.

Somers decided to share a “controversial” photo of her ‘birthday suit’ on her Instagram, celebrating her 73rd birthday. In the photo, she appears to be fully naked while squatting in a field of tall grass and wildflowers. The photo seemed to copy one she posted of herself in an outdoor bathtub a few years back. As expected, the audience was not having it and there were some quite nasty reactions in the comment section.

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Here I am at 73 in my Birthday Suit!!!

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Although some fans and family wished her a happy birthday telling her she looked great, trolls quickly called the photo a “bad taste” on her part. Several users on social media also thought she shouldn’t be posting nude photos like these, especially if one is over 70. Now, all I have to say about this whole situation is this: let the woman live her damn life. Honestly, she looks good!

Y’all wish you can look like this as 73! This woman is rocking it, and flaunting her body to show that she is healthy, happy, and still has it. Somers, who is known for her sitcom roles on American Graffiti, Three’s Company, and Step by Step, has been a huge influence in the fitness community for years. In the mid-90s she became the spokesperson for Thighmaster, an exercise contraption that is placed between your knees, causing resistance when you squeeze. It works out your thighs and helps you lose weight.

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So, if she decides to flaunt her body to show that she is still fit as ever, then by God, just let her, man. Geesh, I hope I look like this when I turn 73. Somers if you’re reading this, ignore all the comments, you keep doing what you do best!

“I love it.’”

In June, the US Food and Drug Administration approved PT-141 (sold under the branded name Vyleesi and generic name bremelanotide) to treat “acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder” in premenopausal women.

Somers falls outside that category.

According to the FDA, patients should not use the drug more than eight times in a month and should be wary of side effects including nausea and vomiting, flushing, injection site reactions and headache.

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Somers reported none of the side effects but admitted that while she’s keen to get frisky with Hamel (whose Wikipedia page calls him a “Canadian entertainer, producer and TV host”) she sometimes finds it tough to stay awake for both daily rounds of sex.

“I usually say I sleep through one of them. That’s usually that one at 4 o’clock in the morning,” she said.

“But, you know, then again around 8 o’clock in the morning, I’m in the mood.’ “

In 2017 Somers talked about intimacy with Hamel in her book Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business.

Spruiking the book to People, she said the pair’s sex life may not be for everyone.

“Every couple is different. This is just what works for us. Alan has the blood pressure of an athlete, and he claims that sex is his daily cardio workout and says that it’s a hell of a lot more fun than a treadmill.”

Somers and Hamel pose for a 1980 portrait. Photo: Getty

Somers said as well as their active sex life, she and Hamel “exchange electrons” by clasping each other while naked, a pastime that started early in their romance.

“I had sex with him on our very first date just in case there wasn’t a second one. I just wanted to be with him that first time.

“Oh, he’s just so beautiful!”

Outside the bedroom, she said she and Hamel “give each other a lot of attention” and schedule date nights at least three times a week.

“We dance when we are alone. We are respectful of one another. We both value our good health. I never get tired of him. We laugh a lot,” Somers said.

“We are each other’s everything. I’ve never had a night out with the girls and Alan’s never had a night out with the boys. We are best friends.”

The actress celebrated her birthday in October by sharing with her 112,000 Instagram followers an al fresco topless photo where she’s crouching in a grassy thicket.

The snap was taken by Hamel during a walk around the couple’s 29 hectare property in Palm Springs, California.

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“We’ve lived in the same house for 43 years,” she told Page Six of the candid shot.

“We were wandering along one of the paths … and I took my top down. It was hot. The flowers were flowering, the bees were bee-ing. It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Hamel wasn’t shocked, Somers said: “He’s seen me naked before.”

(CBS Local) — Suzanne Somers has been a household name in Hollywood since her days on “Three’s Company” as Chrissy Snow. Now, at 73 and in what she considers the happiest time of her life, she’s making waves in the growing field of anti-aging.

“I thought at this stage of my life that you’d start having longings for what was — I don’t,” she tells CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I’m really realizing that there’s another chapter, probably many more after this, and I thought that when I turned 73 that I would be old, chronologically old. But I’m not old, and I believe it’s because of the way I’ve been taking care of myself. I’ve really thought of as a Maserati, and I feed it right and put the highest octane fuel I can put in there and it pays off.”

The actor just recently published a book called “A New Way To Age,” where she talks with doctors from around the world about how to grow old with freedom and confidence. Somers tackles several health issues for men and women like heart disease, cancer, and sex in hopes of helping people of all ages live their best and healthiest lives. She says she does so not by telling people what they should do, but forcing them to question various health decisions they may be following.

“I have my books vetted by 26 scientists and professionals and there is research for everything that is in this book,” she explains.

For example, one popular area she questions and discusses for men in particular is prostate health.

“I think it’s tragic when they remove a man’s prostate because now you’re not the guy you were,” she admits. “Now you’re on a major drug that is very expensive and there are some cases when men need it. When all is well, it is nice and tight and small. When you start aging or you’re affected by stress or toxicity, you lose testosterone and your prostate starts to enlarge. It’s looking for its essential building block, which is testosterone.”

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Somers has learned a lot about life and health since her days with John Ritter on “Three’s Company.” The actor was famously fired from the show when she asked for an equal salary.

“Even when I was Chrissy on Three’s Company, I had had cancer three times,” said Somers. “They call it severe hyperplasia in your uterus. I didn’t make a big deal about it. In my 30s, I got a malignant melanoma in my back. People just wanted to protect Chrissy Snow. Creating her was actually intellectual. How do I make her likable and loveable … dumb blondes are annoying. I gave her a moral code. I imagined it was the childhood I would’ve liked to have had. I got fired from Three’s Company for having the audacity to ask to be paid commensurate with men. They were making 10 to 15 times more and John was making much more than me. They had designated John the star, as my star rose and started competing with John’s star, it made them mad at me. It made them mad when I was on every magazine cover and John wasn’t. We were all on the cover of Newsweek. That was a fiasco that day. The producers didn’t tell any of us that Newsweek wanted to feature just Chrissy and nobody told me either.”

Despite those harder times in her life, the former face of “Thighmaster” always made health a priority. Now she wants readers to know that while some people struggle once they get into their 70s, life and sex can still be very enjoyable in the later years.

“For sex there’s a shot and it’s called PT… peptide. I have taken it, it’s Peptide 141,” said Somers. “It works on the part of the brain that stimulates your sex desire. Because I am so hormonally balanced, really probably perfectly hormonally balanced, taking this sex peptide shot is actually too much for me. You could have eight orgasms in a couple of hours, but they’re almost not fulfilling. When women lose their estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, those are your sex hormones and they can’t feel sex anymore. It’s not that they are not in the mood or don’t have the drive, they can’t feel it. When you can’t feel it, you don’t want to do it. For women who are experiencing this, they can benefit greatly from this shot.”

Suzanne Somers is once again sharing her private life from the bedroom with the general public. The 73-year-old Three’s Company star is opening up as part of her latest book titled A New Way to Age. According to the former sitcom star, she and 83-year-old husband Alan Hamel “engage in intercourse” at least twice a day on average according to The Daily Mail.

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“The reason I talk about sex is because at 73 everybody thinks it’s over, and I just want women and men to know it ain’t over,” Sommers told DailyMailTV. “Because I’ve put all of my hormones back, which I explain in this book, to optimal levels, my body’s operating like a young woman in that sense.”

Somers and Hamel have been married for 43 years and lived together even more after their first meeting during work on The Anniversary Game in 1969. The couple married in 1977 around the time Somers began acting on Three’s Company.

The actress had a major change in life after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, sparking her push toward making the later years matter in the face of old age.

“I’m just trying to explain what I know now at 73. Right now we’ve got a longer life but no quality and what I write about is let’s live the long life but have quality,” Sommers told the outlet.

Her cancer diagnosis also sparked her interest in topics like hormone replacement therapy, toxins in the body and alternative cancer treatments. Sommers shocked many when she refused chemotherapy at the time, opting for a lumpectomy and radiation according to The Daily Mail.

In November, Sommers referred to the hormone therapy as her and Hamel’s “weekly sex shots” and first started to claim the couple had sex twice a day.

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Sommers had first hinted at her deep romance and continued intimate experience with Hamel with her 2017 book Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business.

“We have sex every day, sometimes more. I love it. Every couple is different. This is just what works for us. Alan has the blood pressure of an athlete, and he claims that sex is his daily cardio workout and says that’s a hell of a lot more fun than a treadmill,” Sommers said.

The crazy story of how Suzanne Somers was fired for asking for equal pay on ‘Three’s Company’ at the peak of her fame in 1980

In 1980, Suzanne Somers was at the height of her career, winning accolades and the public’s admiration for playing blonde bimbo Chrissy Snow on ABC’s hit Emmy-winning comedy “Three’s Company” alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.

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In 1978, just a year after the show premiered, Somers won a People’s Choice Award for “favorite female performer.”

AP Photo In 1979, the role earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best TV actress in a comedy.

P Photo/Mark J. Terrill Somers became a household name, making countless TV appearances.

Somers and Fred Astaire on the “Mike Douglas Show” in 1978. AP Photo She attended press events with her “Three’s Company” castmates …

Somers and the “Three’s Company” cast at a press luncheon in 1979. AP Photo/Reed Saxon … and became an international sex symbol.

Somers strikes a pose during a promotion photo call in Los Angeles in 1979. AP Photo/Reed Saxon But in 1980, at age 34, Somers’ career came to a halt when she asked ABC for a salary raise on par with what fellow cast member John Ritter.

ABC/”Three’s Company” “When it came time for fifth-season negotiations in 1980, Somers asked for a pay hike from $30,000 an episode to $150,000,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, noting the salary increase would be “equal to what her Three’s Company co-star John Ritter was receiving and comparable to salaries M*A*S*H*’s Alan Alda and All in the Family’s Carroll O’Connor were being paid on lower-rated shows.”

She also wanted 10% of the show’s profits.

Instead, ABC offered Somers a $5,000 salary increase.

ABC/”Three’s Company” As a result, Somers boycotted the third and fourth shows of the new season, using excuses such as “the recurrence of an old back injury,” THR reported at the time. She finished the remaining season on her contract with ABC, but her role was decreased to 60 seconds per episode and shot separately from the rest of the cast.

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Eventually, Somers’ contract with ABC was terminated. The network that had made the actress a household name fired one of its biggest stars — and it was apparently all to make a point.

Somers’ husband and manager, Alan Hamel, recently recalled to THR:

The night before we went in to renegotiate, I got a call from a friend who had connections high up at ABC and he said, ‘They’re going to hang a nun in the marketplace and the nun is Suzanne.’ The network was will­ing to do this because earlier that year the women on Laverne & Shirley had gotten what they asked for and they wanted to put a stop to it. They’d destroy the chemistry on Company to make a point.

Later that season, Somer’s Chrissy Snow character was replaced by her clumsy cousin, Cindy Snow, played by Jenilee Harrison.

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In 1981, ABC added another replacement the following season, Priscilla Barnes, to make up for the loss of Somers.

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The show would go on until 1984, but meanwhile Somers’ career went nowhere.

After rival network CBS picked up Somers to star in a new show following the “Three’s Company” disaster, the network eventually wound up passing on the show.

In order to stay relevant, Somers posed on the cover of Playboy in 1980 and 1984.

Playboy During the 1980s, Somers became the spokeswoman for the Thighmaster.

Thigh Master In 1991, Somers returned to ABC to play mom Carol Foster in “Step By Step,” a family sitcom on the network’s popular TGIF lineup.

ABC/”Step By Step” After the show ended in 1998, Somers would go on to sell clothing, jewelry, skin care, toxic-free cleaning supplies, weight loss, and beauty products on the Home Shopping Network and her own website.

suzannesomers.com She has written over 20 books, including autobiographies, poetry, and many about aging and how to stay “Sexy Forever.”

“Sexy Forever” Despite controversy surrounding her use of alternative medicine after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, Somers has continued to build a massive empire as an actress, author, and businesswoman.

In 2003, Somers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

AP Photo Today, Somers can be seen in the live show “Suzanne Sizzles” in a year-long residency presented in her own cabaret room in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Michael Buckner/Getty Images When not in Las Vegas for the show, Somers resides in Palm Springs with her husband and manager of 38 years, Alan Hamel.

Brad Barket/Getty Images “Life isn’t fair,” Somers recently told The Hollywood Reporter when recalling the “Three’s Company” situation in 1980. “Getting fired for asking for a raise wasn’t fair, but I landed on my feet and I’ve done OK.”

Today, Somers is worth a reported $100 million, mainly because of her successful product lines.

Somers’ story is especially relevant now after the Sony hack revealed just how much less women make in Hollywood still to this day — both female studio execs behind the scenes and actresses in front of the camera.

We’ve watched Suzanne Somers’ onscreen style evolve from Chrissy Snow’s flirty wardrobe on “Three’s Company” to Carol Foster Lambert’s conservative mom garb on “Step by Step.” And the actress and author has sported plenty of memorable offscreen looks — boho frocks and slinky gowns — along the way.

When Somers recently visited TODAY to celebrate her new book, “Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned in Love, Life & Business,” we asked her to take a walk down memory lane with us.

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Here’s what she had to say!

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“This is Chrissy, but not full Chrissy yet,” Somers explained of this navy frock her “Three’s Company” character sported in 1977 — which would look just as chic in 2017. “This was year one, maybe one and a half. And she was starting to figure out her look. By the next year, I gave her snow-white hair, with big pink cheeks and dark eyes, and then only pastel colors, so it was a work in progress. But you can see she’s working the off-the-shoulder thing.”

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“Well, aren’t I having fun?” Somers joked of her playful pose. “It was a big skirt and it was really long and I didn’t like how long it was, so I thought ‘Let’s put it over my head. Wear my skirt as a shawl.’ What l like about this, it just shows how thrilled I was that this had happened to my life. Never in a million years did I think this would happen to my life, and you could just see that all that joy was so unlikely to me. So, that’s what that says to me.”

Suzanne Somers in 1979.

“Now we’re getting there, now Chrissy’s starting to come,” Somers said. “Although this is at the height of Chrissy, this was Suzanne. But Chrissy could’ve worn that outfit too. Just changed the hairdo a little bit.”

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“Full out, 100 percent Chrissy Snow. This is it. Short shorts, pastel colors, the two ponytails. I was walking down Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and I passed an outdoor cafe. And there was a woman sitting there with two Afghan dogs. And I looked at the dogs with the hair hanging down in the face and the two long ears and I thought ‘What a cool hairdo for Chrissy.’ So this hairdo was based on an Afghan dog. And then the roller skates, ’cause why not?”

Suzanne Somers in 1979.

“Oh, Chrissy Snow wore this outfit a lot. She liked it. She liked the monochromatic and it matched her hair. So, she wasn’t all ditzy. She had a style. Again, the little short shorts and the ponytails. They were sexy but not vulgar. And that’s what I really enjoy about her. She was a woman child. She had the soul of a child and the body of a woman, and she didn’t know it. And that’s what made her likable, I think.”

Suzanne Somers at Studio 54 on Dec. 19, 1978.Tom Wargacki/WireImage

“This is a Lancetti. I bought this in Italy, and I had a lot of fun in that dress. It’s all silk and kind of cool. And you didn’t have to wear a bra.”

Suzanne Somers at “Singers’ Salute to Songwriters” on April 7, 1986.WireImage

“This is when I left (‘Three’s Company’). I didn’t really leave the show; I was fired. And who would’ve thought that Chrissy Snow would be the first feminist? But my contract was up and I realized all the men in television were making 10 to 15 times more than me on lesser shows. I was on the No. 1 show and I had the highest demographics of any woman in television, and so I asked for commensurate pay and they fired me to make an example, so no other woman would get so uppity. So, what did I do? I went to Vegas. I took my fame and put it on the Vegas stage and we sold out every night, and in 1987 I became Las Vegas Female Entertainer of the Year along with Frank Sinatra, who was Las Vegas Male Entertainer of the Year. It was kind of a triumphant moment. You get knocked down in life, the important thing is to always get back up and reinvent. So this is my reinvention in electric-blue bugle beads.”

Suzanne Somers during the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.Ron Galella / WireImage

“This is when I was trying to morph Diana Ross. We women and our hairstyles, it’s a clear indication that we don’t quite know who we are yet and I thought Diana Ross had the coolest hair. This is my hair, this is what my hair wants to do. This is what I did to it, I fried it night after night to go out onstage. But my daughter Leslie made me this dress; she’s a designer who graduated from Parsons and look at the design.”

Stacy Keanan, Angela Watson, Patrika Darbo, Patrick Duffy, Brandon Call, Peggy Rea, (front l-r): Christine Lakin, Christopher Castile, Suzanne Somers, Josh Byrne on “Step by Step.”

“Well, Carol had five children,” Somers said of her “Step by Step” character. “By the way, the mother and the sister had a pig year one, and then they were both gone. We never saw them again, never talked to them again. No one ever said ‘Where’s mom? Where’s sister? Where’s the pig?’ That’s television. Anyway, being a mother, it took some adjustment for me, because I was used to going out there and being kind of a sexpot, in a clean way. And you have to do the right thing when you play a mother, so the sexy clothes would be at night when Frank and Carol were in the bedroom and she would wear the little teddies, but it always got interrupted by some kid walking in.”

Suzanne Somers looks back on ‘Three’s Company’ and her long marriage

Nov. 14, 201704:07

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Chrissy Snow

Suzanne Somers in publicity photo as Chrissy in 1979
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Height 5’4″
Occupation/
Career:
Typist/Receptionist for a law firm
Related to: Reverend Luther Snow (father)
Mrs. Luther Snow (mother)
Mr. Snow (Uncle)
Cindy Snow (cousin)
Frances (cousin)
Rebecca Madison (aunt)
Character information
Appeared on: Three’s Company in 89 episodes from 1977-1981 (Seasons 1-5)
Episodes appeared in: First/Last Episode appearances
“A Man About the House” (pilot)
“And Baby Makes Four” in Season 4 (last appearance)
Character played by: Suzanne Somers, Susan Lanier in second unaired pilot (1976)

Christmas Noelle “Chrissy” Snow was a roommate in Apt. 201 on Three’s Company. Chrissy, who worked in a law office as a typing receptionist, was played by Suzanne Somers.

In the original unaired pilot to Three’s Company, the character that became Chrissy (then called Samantha) was portrayed by Susanne Zenor. Zenor was not picked for the second filming, so actress Susan Lanier took over the role of Chrissy. For the final product, Somers won the part.

About Chrissy

Childhood

Chrissy was born in Fresno, the eldest child of Reverend Luther Snow (Peter Mark Richman) and his wife. In one episode, she explains that she was named “Christmas” because her father was a big fan of Bing Crosby. In another episode, she states that her name is Christmas due to having been born in December. However, in “Roper’s Niece”, Janet states that Chrissy’s birth was “not until January.” In another episode, (Season 4, Ep 9: “Chrissy’s Hospitality”) Chrissy falls and hits her head. She ends up in the hospital and explains to the nurse that her father named her Christmas because “she was the best present he ever got”.

Susan Lanier played the role of Chrissy in the second unaired pilot of Three’s Company in the fall of 1976 before being replaced by Suzanne Somers.

She was born into a very religious family and always loved her family traditions, such as Christmas with all her relatives. Every Sunday the Snow clan would go to church to hear her father preach. She always loved her family and friends, and upon moving to Santa Monica she ensured she would be back.

Arrival in Los Angeles

In her early twenties, Chrissy decided to move to Los Angeles, settling in Santa Monica where she got a job as a typist. She found an apartment, owned and operated by Stanley and Helen Roper, which she would share with two other women, Janet Wood and Eleanor Garvey.

In the pilot episode, a pregnant Eleanor got married in a reception in the apartment, but went into labor just as she was cutting the cake. After Eleanor had her baby and moved away, Janet and Chrissy were left to hunt for a new roommate. In their bathtub, they found a man who was passed out and who upon waking claimed that he was a friend of one of the party guests. They decided to select the man, Jack Tripper, as their new roommate instead of other, less desirable candidates, such as a pompous, nasal-voiced woman, Patricia, nicknamed “Pattikins”.

Character

Chrissy’s personality was an exaggerated characterization of the “dumb blonde” stereotype, as evidenced by her repeated confusion and misunderstandings, malapropisms and girlish behavior, being both quick to laugh (often at her own jokes) and quick to cry (in an exaggerated loud fashion). The naive aspects of Chrissy’s behavior was continued somewhat in her cousin (and eventual replacement) Cindy Snow, although Cindy was much more klutzy.

Romance

Chrissy was very innocent (likely due to her small-town suburban religious upbringing), and she frequently and unknowingly would utter suggestive double entendres. She was also leered at by many men on the series, even though she was rarely interested in anything other than love. Her roommate Janet remarked that Chrissy totally fell apart at the littlest hint of “sweet talk.” In another instance, Chrissy was picked up by a police officer, who believed she was a prostitute, despite her innocent and good intentions.

Departure

With Suzanne Somers playing the role, Chrissy had emerged as a breakout character in the show, as Somers also began to achieve TV superstar status as a celebrity. In 1978, she appeared on fifty magazine covers. There were also best-selling Chrissy Snow posters and ABC even launched a doll which portrayed Somers as Chrissy. Somers was promoted as a rival to Farrah Fawcett by her manager, Jay Berstein, who also managed Fawcett and other actresses like Cheryl Ladd. After marrying her husband Alan Hamel, Somers made him her manager. Somers was eventually axed from the series in the fifth season after a bitter and highly publicized salary dispute with the producers.

Chrissy went back to Fresno to care for her ill mother. For a short while, Chrissy continued to call Janet or Jack from Fresno and speak to them over the telephone. Soon after, her cousin Cindy moved into the apartment with Jack and Janet for the remainder of the season. Upon the arrival of Terri Alden in season six, references to Chrissy vanished, only referred to once later, when the roommates were being interviewed, as “the other girl” Janet was living with when she met Jack.

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Three’s Company

Characters

Jack Tripper | Janet Wood | Chrissy Snow | Cindy Snow | Terri Alden | Stanley Roper | Helen Roper | Ralph Furley | Larry Dallas | Lana Shields

Actors

John Ritter | Joyce DeWitt | Suzanne Somers | Jenilee Harrison | Priscilla Barnes | Norman Fell | Don Knotts | Richard Kline | Ann Wedgeworth

See also:

List of episodes | Behind the Camera

British TV/Spinoff shows:

Man About The House | George and Mildred | Robin’s Nest | The Ropers | Three’s a Crowd