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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 October 1946San Bruno, California, USA
Birth NameSuzanne Marie Mahoney
Nickname The Queen of the Jiggles
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Suzanne Somers is the third of four children born to Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father worked loading beer onto boxcars, and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young, and was a poor student. She excelled, however, in the arts and was active in her school's theater program. She won a music scholarship to college, but became pregnant after six months. She married the baby's father, "Bruce Somers", and her only child, Bruce Somers, was born in November 1965. She was unhappy in her marriage and began an affair with her former drama teacher. Her husband found out about it and the marriage ended after just two years, in 1967. A single mom, she turned to modeling in San Francisco to support herself and her son. She also distanced herself from her family because her older brother and sister by then were also alcoholics. In 1968, she won a job as a prize model on a game show hosted by her future husband, Alan Hamel, who was married at the time. The two began dating, and she became pregnant while Hamel was still married. They came to the conclusion that Suzanne should have an abortion, from which she suffered severe bleeding for several days. In 1971, her son Bruce was severely injured when he was hit by a car, and the therapist counseling him only charged the struggling Suzanne $1 per week. Suzanne herself also underwent therapy to overcome the problems of her dysfunctional childhood. In the early 1970s, she landed minor roles in film and TV, and finally won a role on the series Three's Company (1977), where she modeled her character after Dick Clark's wife. She married Hamel in 1977. She was fired from the series after she asked for a raise at the beginning of the fifth season. She then headed to Las Vegas, where she performed extensively in the mid-1980s. In 1986, she began writing her autobiography, "Keeping Secrets", which was later made into a TV movie. In 1991, Suzanne landed the role of "Carol Foster", opposite Patrick Duffy, on the TV series Step by Step (1991). Since the end of that show, she has begun co-hosting the series Candid Camera (1992).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (2)

Alan Hamel (11 November 1977 - present)
Bruce Somers (14 April 1965 - 1968) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (37)

When she was age 16, she hit her father over the head with a tennis racket to stop his abuse during a drunken rage. He suffered a concussion, and did not speak to Suzanne for two years.
While performing in Las Vegas, she had to paint one shoe red and the other black in order to learn the choreography of the dance numbers. She could not tell her right from her left because of her dyslexia. In 1990, founded the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on Families, in Palm Springs, California. In 1991, she won the Humanitarian Award from the National Council on Alcoholism.
Associated with the Thighmaster exercise device.
At the beginning of the 1980-1981 season of Three's Company (1977), she asked for a raise from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 an episode (equivalent to $450,000 in 2014) and 10% ownership of the program. Those requests weren't met, and then boycotted the second and fourth shows of the season, claiming false excuses such as a broken rib. ABC forced her to finish out the remaining season on her contract, but decreased her character's role to 1 minute a week in taping. She was escorted by a security guard to a sound stage behind the set, where she filmed her few scenes, because she was no longer allowed on the set with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. Somers was then fired after her contract expired, and she sued ABC for $2 million, claiming her credibility in the business had been damaged. The suit was settled for about $30,000.
Graduated from Capuchino High School. Was active in drama.
Initially, got the role of "Jill Munroe" in Charlie's Angels (1976), but lost it to Farrah Fawcett.
Announced on Larry King Live (1985) that she is battling breast cancer, and that she is undergoing homeopathic treatment against the will of her doctors. She also underwent liposuction in an effort to deal with the effects of the cancer. [March 2001]
She was also the brunette walking along the beach of the opening credits of the first three seasons of Three's Company (1977). She was wearing a wig.
Appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game (1965) in 1973.
Was named Las Vegas' Female Entertainer of the Year in 1986.
Was arrested in 1970 for passing bad checks; the charges were dropped when she paid restitution.
Studied Marilyn Monroe's poses from her movies, and then copied them for media photos during her Three's Company (1977) days.
She and Joyce DeWitt did not speak for 30 years after leaving the show in 1981. Finally, in February 2012, they reunited after Suzanne invited Joyce to be a guest on her web series "Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through".
Hired Jay Bernstein to manage her and do for her what he did for Farrah Fawcett.
Stepchildren (from Alan Hamel): Stephen Hamel and Leslie Hamel.
Daughter of Marion Mahoney and Frank Mahoney.
Younger sister of Maureen Gilmartin and Daniel Mahoney.
Mother of Bruce Somers.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in January 24, 2003.
She was the fourth actress to be hired for the "Chrissy" role on Three's Company (1977). Actress Susanne Zenor played "Samantha", a Chrissy type in the first pilot. After being rewritten as "Chrissy Snow", ABC hired then fired Denise Galik, replacing her with Suze Lanier-Bramlett. After ABC reviewed the 2nd pilot, they dropped Lanier and hired Somers.
Mother-in-law of Caroline Somers.
In January 2007, her Malibu seafront home was burned to the ground.
According to Somers' second autobiography, when she signed to do Three's Company (1977) in the spring of 1977, she was to receive $2,750 per episode - it was (and is) standard practice for a beginner on a series to get "scale plus 10 percent", the 10 percent to go to her agent at the time, Jay Bernstein. Somers says she promised Bernstein *all* of the money if he would book her into every guest appearance he could find for her, which he did.
In 1970, she auditioned for Playboy's Playmate of the Month and got as far as a test series of photos taken in the Mexican jungle. She was fully nude except for a gold chain around her waist. Playboy decided not to use her at the time, but paid her $3,000 for the test. After she became a star on Three's Company (1977), Playboy published the entire series of photos and the handwritten Data Sheet that each potential Playmate fills out (in which she gives the year of her birth as 1947). At the time of its publication, she was a popular (and for her, lucrative) spokeswoman in a series of TV commercials for Ace Hardware. Following the publication of the pictures, Ace abruptly fired her, citing the contract's morals clause.
Somers' former Three's Company (1977) co-star, Joyce DeWitt, reunited with Somers on her online talk show, "Breaking Trough". It was the first time, that the former friends spoke to each other since Somers' firing from Three's Company (1977) in 1981, after she demanded a hefty pay raise.
Has English and Irish ancestry.
Release of her book, "After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off and Started All Over Again".
Currently starring in her one woman show on Broadway entitled "The Blonde in the Thunderbird" [July 2005]
Release of her autobiography, "Keeping Secrets".
Release of her book, "The Sexy Years: Discover the Natural Hormone Connection: The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health and Vitality, for Women and Men".
Release of her book, "Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food".
Sells her Somersize products (such as pjs, clothes, shoes, kitchen appliances, diet and exercise videos and books, etc.) on The Home Shopping Network (HSN).
Release of her book, "Ageless: The Naked Truth about Bioidentical Hormones".
Release of her book, "Breakthrough: 8 Steps to Wellness: Life-altering Secrets From Today's Cutting-edge Doctors".
Release of her book, "Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who are Curing Cancer and How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place". [October 2009]
Closing her one woman show on Broadway entitled "The Blonde in the Thunderbird." [July 2005]
Release of her book, "Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight".

Personal Quotes (2)

My goal in life is to become the person my dog thinks I am.
I do good in the world - at least I try to. I speak on behalf of women, and I know I have made the lives of women happier as a result of teaching them what I nave learned relative to true health, rather than disease care.

Salary (3)

American Graffiti (1973) $1,360 .72
Three's Company (1977) $30,000 per 1/2 hour episode
Three's Company (1977) $30,000 per episode

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