Actress Suzanne Somers, known for her roles on Three's Company and Step by Step, passed away at the age of 76, just one day before her 77th birthday in October 2023. The Hollywood star was open about her work life, love life, and her battle with breast cancer, which she was first diagnosed with over two decades ago.
As fans and former co-stars mourn the loss of Somers, let's take a look back at her life through photos. Suzanne Somers was born on October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, California. She was one of four children born to gardener Frank Mahoney and his wife Marion. Unfortunately, Somers experienced emotional abuse from a young age, as detailed in her 1988 book, Keeping Secrets. She left home at the age of 17 and eventually got married to Bruce Somers, with whom she had a son named Bruce Somers Jr. However, their marriage ended, and Somers decided to pursue acting.
In 1977, Somers married TV host Alan Hamel after more than a decade together. They had met on the show The Anniversary Game, where Hamel was a host, and Somers worked as a model. Initially, blending their families was challenging, but through counseling, they were able to move forward and raise their children together. Somers gained fame for her role as Chrissy Snow on the hit sitcom Three's Company alongside John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.
However, she was dropped from the show in 1981 due to a contract dispute with producers. This caused strained relationships with her co-stars and made it difficult for her to find work in the following years. Despite the setback, Somers continued her acting career with projects like She's the Sheriff and Step by Step. She received two People's Choice Awards for her work on Step by Step.
Additionally, Somers became known not only for her acting but also for her health journey. She provided cooking advice, wrote health books, launched an organic skincare line, and even served as a spokeswoman for the Thighmaster exercise tool. Somers also made headlines by posing nude for Playboy in 1984 and later in 2019, at the age of 73, on Instagram. She explained that she wanted to set the record straight and showcase her dedication to health and fitness.
In 2000, Somers faced a major challenge when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery and radiation and became an advocate for breast cancer awareness. Despite going through a difficult battle, she remained positive and used her platform to share information and support other women facing similar challenges.
Sadly, in July 2023, Somers announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer once again. She courageously fought the disease for over 23 years before passing away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15, 2023.
Surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family, Somers left behind an extraordinary legacy. Her family expressed gratitude to her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly. Suzanne Somers will be remembered for her talent, resilience, and her ability to inspire others through her work and personal journey. Her contributions to the entertainment industry and her advocacy for breast cancer awareness will continue to impact many lives.