I understood that Suzanne Somers epitomized the dumb blonde archetype to heights which Carol Wayne could only dream about. But until I started chronicling the list of TV shows in which she made appearances as a member of The League of Themselves, I never realized how much of an icon she was as Suzanne, not just as Chrissy.
Suzanne Marie Somers (née Mahoney; October 16, 1946 – October 15, 2023) was an American actress, author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson. She played the television roles of Chrissy Snow on 'Three's Company' (1977–1981) and Carol Foster Lambert on 'Step by Step' (1991–1998).
Somers later wrote several books, including two autobiographies, four diet books and a book of poetry. Her book "Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones" (2006) about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and the Wiley protocol, controversial treatments for menopausal women, was heavily criticized. Her book "Knockout" (2009), which promoted alternative cancer treatments, was criticized by the American Cancer Society.
In 1991 a two-hour biographical film of Somers, starring the actress herself, entitled "Keeping Secrets", based on her first autobiography of the same title, was broadcast on ABC. The movie chronicled Somers' troubled family life and upbringing, along with her subsequent rise to fame.
After divorcing [her first husband] in 1968, Somers worked as a prize model on 'The Anniversary Game', a game show hosted by Alan Hamel. Although he was already married, they began dating; she had an affair with him that led to an abortion. They married in 1977.
Suzanne Somers, the actress who lit up the small screen on “Three’s Company” and one of TV’s most iconic fitness pitch-women, has died, according to a statement provided to CNN from her longtime publicist R. Couri Hay.
She was 76.
“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” Hay wrote in a statement shared on behalf of the actress’ family.
She passed away the day before her birthday....
Here are the shows in which she appeared as herself, qualifying her to be inducted into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame:
THE ANNIVERSARY GAME (1968)
She was the model/presenter for two years.
THE PRIZE (1979)
Billy and his date attend the Mortician's Ball where the young lady wins trip tickets to Hollywood. Billy assumes he will go and get an opportunity to meet his fantasy woman Suzanne Somers.
KEEPING SECRETS (1991 TV movie)
The FILM Autobiography of actress and entrepreneur Suzanne Somers with all the trials and tribulations that made her who she is today.
MOVING PICTURES (1993)
A TV movie on the sisters unites Alex with her romantic idol (Patrick Duffy); guests Suzanne Somers, John Schneider.
THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW
LARRY LOSES INTEREST (1993)
Larry begins to lose interest in his show and throws his interest into a potential film project.
LOVE ON THE ROCKS (1994)
When she starts hanging out with Kimmy and her new boyfriend (who can't keep their hands off of each other), DJ realizes that she and Steve have really cooled off. So when Steve goes on a class trip to Los Angeles, DJ contemplates whether or not the two of them have a future as a couple. Meanwhile, after Joey pulls a prank on the rest of the family, they make a plan to have the last laugh.
THE NAKED TRUTH
STAR AND COMER COLLIDE! GIANT BUGS INVADE! (1995)
Nora throws a party to introduce her old friends to her new ones, but hoards of uninvited guests attend and Camilla butts heads with Suzanne Somers.
And of course, there are all the Thighmaster infomercials….
Ms. Somers is a multidimensional in the greater TV Universe….
THE DAY THE VIOLENCE DIED (1996)
Bart and Lisa meet a vagabond who claims to be the creator of Itchy from "Itchy and Scratchy." (In his script, John Swartzwelder randomly paired David Brinkley and Suzanne Somers together as the parade commentators. The producers were unable to get Brinkley to play his part, so he was instead voiced by Harry Shearer. However, they were successful in getting Somers to voice herself.)
Good night and may God bless Suzanne Somers. Welcome to the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.