Suzanne Somers Biography
Suzanne Somers (full name: Suzanne Marie Mahoney) is an American actress, singer, author, businesswoman and health spokesperson from San Bruno, California. She is best known for appearing on the sitcom Three’s Company as Chrissy Snow and on Step by Step as Carol Foster Lambert.
Suzanne Somers Age
Suzanne was born on October 16, 1946 in San Bruno, California, United States. She is 72 years old as of 2018.
Suzanne Somers Family
Somers was born into a family of four as the third child in an Irish-American family. Her parents are Marion Elizabeth Turner, who was a medical secretary, and Francis Mahoney, who was a laborer and gardener. She attended Capuchino High School and was accepted at San Francisco College for Women (Lone Mountain College).
Suzanne Somers Husband
She was briefly married to the father of her first child, Bruce Somers, at the age of 19 in 1965. Their marriage ended in 1968. There after, she met Alan Hamel when he was a host on Anniversary Game and she was a prize model (1969-1970). They have been married since 1977.
Suzanne Somers Children
She has a son Bruce Somers Jr. from her first marriage. She became pregnant with Alan’s child but she procured an abortion as she was not ready to take care of a second child. Her husband, Alan, has a son and daughter, that are from a previous marriage.
Suzanne Somers Grandchildren
She is a grandmother of six.
Suzanne Somers Acting Career
Somers began acting in small roles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She appeared in bit parts in movies, such as the “Blonde in the white Thunderbird” in American Graffiti, and an episode of the American version of the sitcom Lotsa Luck as the femme fatale in the early 1970s). She also appeared in The Rockford Files and had an uncredited role as a topless pool girl in Magnum Force, both in 1974. She also had a guest-starring role on The Six Million Dollar Man, in the 1977 episode “Cheshire Project.” She later landed her most famous role of the ditzy blonde “Chrissy Snow” on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company in 1977. Also that year, she was a celebrity panelist on Match Game, and appeared on Tattletales.
Somers was cast in the ABC sitcom Three’s Company in January 1977. She portrayed Chrissy Snow, a stereotypical dumb blonde, who was employed as an office secretary. At the beginning of the fifth season in 1980, Somers demanded a hefty salary raise from $30,000 to $150,000 an episode and 10 percent ownership of the show’s profit. When ABC denied her request, she boycotted the second and fourth shows of the season. She finished the remaining season on her contract, but her role was decreased to 60 seconds per episode. After her contract was terminated, she sued ABC for $2 million, claiming her credibility in show business had been damaged. It went to an arbitrator who decided she was owed only $30,000, due to a single missed episode for which she had not been paid. Other rulings favored the producers.
During the 1980s, Somers became a Las Vegas entertainer. Later on, she was the spokeswoman for the Thighmaster in a series of infomercials airing in the early 1990s. The Thighmaster was a piece of exercise equipment that is squeezed between one’s thighs. In 1987, she starred in the sitcom She’s the Sheriff, which ran in first-run syndication. Somers portrayed a widow with two young kids who decided to fill the shoes of her late husband, a sheriff of a Nevada town. The show ran for two seasons.
In 1990, Somers returned to network TV, appearing in numerous guest roles and made-for-TV movies, mostly for ABC. Her roles in these, including the movie Rich Men, Single Women, attracted the attention of Lorimar Television and Miller-Boyett Productions, who were developing a new sitcom. In September 1991, Somers returned to series TV in the sitcom Step By Step, which became a success on ABC’s youth-oriented TGIF lineup. Step By Step continued on ABC until the end of its sixth season in 1997, whereupon the series moved to CBS that fall for what turned out to be its final season. With her sitcom now airing on CBS, Somers was chosen to co-host the network’s revival of Candid Camera with Peter Funt, which began airing later that season.
From 1997–99, Somers cohosted the revised Candid Camera show, when CBS chose to bring it back with Peter Funt. Somers stayed for two years before PAX TV renewed the series without her. In summer 2005, Somers made her Broadway debut in a one-woman show, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, a collection of stories about her life and career. The show was supposed to run until September, but was cancelled in less than a week after poor reviews and disappointing ticket sales.
In 2012, Somers began an online talk show, Suzanne Somers Breaking Through, at CafeMom. In the fall of 2012, the Suzanne Show, hosted by Somers, aired for a 13-episode season on the Lifetime Network. Somers welcomed various guests covering a wide range of topics related to health and fitness. On February 24, 2015, Somers was announced as one of the stars participating on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars. Her partner was professional dancer Tony Dovolani. Somers and Dovolani were eliminated on the fifth week of competition and finished in 9th place.
Suzanne Somers Diet
Suzanne Somers diet focuses on three main components: eliminating some foods, separating certain foods, and combining certain foods. It intends to create a changed set of eating habits that last a lifetime. Somers also emphasizes eating fresh foods and generally staying away from foods that are packaged or processed.
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The Suzanne Somers Weight Loss Plan is a guide to losing weight that does not limit caloric intake, but instead focuses on the correct foods in the correct combinations. It also focuses on reducing sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Suzanne Somers’ diet focuses on three main components: eliminating some foods, separating certain foods, and combining certain foods.
The Suzanne Somers weight loss plan allows all variety of fats to be eaten during the diet. This includes foods such as cream cheese, butter, and sour cream that may not usually be thought of as diet foods. Meat products of all varieties are also allowed. Most fruits are allowed, although not bananas, because they are high in carbohydrates. Many vegetables are allowed, although not carbohydrate heavy vegetables such as corn, beets, or squash. The diet plan has three stages, which are called Level 1, Almost Level 1, and Level 2.
1. Health Benefits of Apples
2. Health Benefits of Bananas
3. Health Benefits of Honey
4. Health Benefits of Ginger
5. Health Benefits of Garlic
6. Health Benefits of Lemon
7. Health Benefits of Pumpkin
8. Health Benefits of Watermelons
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The intended outcome of the diet is weight loss, but the diet does not have a defined end. Instead, it is intended that the dieter follow the level 2 recommendations for weight maintenance throughout his or her life. The diet is also intended to provide better general heath through the emphasis on preparing and eating fresh foods instead of processed foods, which are often high in sodium and low in nutrients.
Suzanne Somers Movies and TV Shows
Suzanne Somers Movies
- Bullitt (1968)
- Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting (1969)
- Fools (1970)
- American Graffiti (1973)
- Magnum Force (1973)
- It Happened at Lakewood Manor (1977)
- Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977)
- Zuma Beach (1978)
- Yesterday’s Hero (1979)
- Nothing Personal (1980)
- Totally Minnie (1987)
- Serial Mom (1994)
- Rusty: A Dog’s Tale (1998)
- Say It Isn’t So (2001)
Suzanne Somers TV Shows
- Anniversary Game (1969–70)
- Mantrap (1971–73)
- Lotsa Luck (c. 1973)
- The Rockford Files – The Big Ripoff (aired October 25, 1974)
- Sky Heist (1975)
- Starsky & Hutch (1975–79, 3 appearances)
- Match Game (1977/PM) (1977)
- Tattletales (1977)
- Three’s Company (1977–81)
- Happily Ever After (1978)
- Zuma Beach (1978)
- Hollywood Wives (1985)
- Goodbye Charlie (1985)
- She’s the Sheriff (1987–89)
- Rich Men, Single Women (1990)
- Step by Step (1991–98)
- Keeping Secrets (1991)
- Exclusive (1992)
- The Suzanne Somers Show (1994–95)
- Full House (1994)
- Seduced by Evil (1994)
- 8-Track Flashback (1995–98)
- Devil’s Food (1996)
- Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade (1996)
- Love-Struck (1997)
- No Laughing Matter (1998)
- Candid Camera (co-host from 1998–2000)
- The Darklings (1999)
- Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2009)
- The Suzanne Show (2012)
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2013)
- Dancing with the Stars (2015)
Suzanne Somers Books
- Touch Me: The Poems of Suzanne Somers
- Keeping Secrets. Warner Books
- Wednesday’s Children: Adult Survivors of Abuse Speak Out
- After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All Over Again
- Suzanne Somers’ Get Skinny on Fabulous Food
- Suzanne Somers’ 365 Ways to Change Your Life
- Suzanne Somers’ Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away
- Suzanne Somers’ Eat Great, Lose Weight (Miniature Editions ed.)
- Somersize Desserts
- Suzanne Somers’ Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!
- The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection – The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
- Somersize Chocolate
- Suzanne Somers’ Slim and Sexy Forever: The Hormone Solution for Permanent Weight Loss and Optimal Living
- Somersize Cocktails: 30 Sexy Libations from Cool Classics to Unique Concoctions to Stir Up Any Occasion
- Somersize Appetizers: 30 Scintillating Starters to Tantalize Your Tastebuds at Every Occasion
- Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones
- Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
- Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer – And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
- Stay Young & Sexy with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement: The Science Explained
- Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty
- The Sexy Forever Recipe Bible
- Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging
- I’m Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Perimenopause
- TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick
- Two’s Company: A Fifty-Year Romance with Lessons Learned In Love, Life & Business
Suzanne Somers Net Worth
Suzanne Somers has an estimated net worth of $100 million.