Somers, Suzanne 1946- (Susane Somers, Suzy Somers)

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Somers, Suzanne 1946- (Susane Somers, Suzy Somers)


Full name, Suzanne Marie Somers; born October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, CA; daughter of Francis (a gardener and laborer) and Marion Elizabeth (a medical secretary; maiden name, Turner) Mahoney; married Bruce Somers, April 14, 1965 (divorced, c. 1967); married Alan Hamel (an actor, producer, and business manager), November 11, 1977; children: (first marriage) Bruce (a television commercial director); (second marriage; stepchildren) Stephen (a film producer), Leslie. Education: Attended San Francisco College for Women; trained for the stage with Charles Conrad. Religion: Roman Catholic. Avocational Interests: Gourmet cooking.


Agent—Michael Pick, MPI Talent Agency, 9255 West Sunset Blvd., Suite 407, Los Angeles, CA 90069.


Actress, producer, and singer. Worked as fashion model and television commercial actress; spokesperson for jewelry and other products on Home Shopping Network; Body Solutions, spokesperson for exercise equipment, including ThighMaster, and for FaceMaster, Torso Track, and Somersize products. Performer at nightclubs in Las Vegas, NV, and elsewhere, including touring performer of Pacific military theatre with United Service Organizations; Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on Families, founder, 1990, and director; Suzanne Somers Foundation (research organization), founder.


National Association for Children of Alcoholics (honorary national chair).

Awards, Honors:

People's Choice Award, favorite actress in a new television series, 1977, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best television actress in a musical or comedy, 1979, both for Three's Company; named Las Vegas female entertainer of the year, 1986; People's Choice Award, favorite actress in a new television series, 1991, for Step by Step; Humanitarian Award, National Council on Alcoholism, 1991; shared Mother of the Year Award, National Mother's Day Committee, 1992; award for distinguished achievement in public service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1992; received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2003; President's Award, Association of American Drug Counselors.


Television Appearances; Series:

Prize model, Anniversary Game, c. 1968.

Assistant, High Rollers (also known as The New High Rollers), 1974-80.

Christmas "Chrissy" Snow, Three's Company, ABC, 1977-81.

Sheriff Hildy Granger, She's the Sheriff (also known as Suddenly Sheriff), syndicated, 1987-89.

Carol Foster Lambert, Step By Step, ABC, 1991-97, CBS, 1997-98.

Host, The Suzanne Somers Show, syndicated, 1994.

Host, VH1's 8-Track Flashback, VH1, 1995.

Cohost, Candid Camera, CBS, 1998-2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Female reporter, Sky Hei$t, NBC, 1975.

(As Susane Somers) Gloria Henderson, It Happened at Lake Wood Manor (also known as Ants! and Panic at Lakewood Manor), ABC, 1977.

Mattie, Happily Ever After (also known as Tonight's the Night), CBS, 1978.

Bonnie Katt, Zuma Beach, NBC, 1978.

Paige, Rich Men, Single Women, ABC, 1990.

Herself, Keeping Secrets, ABC, 1991.

Marcy Singer, Exclusive, ABC, 1992.

Leigh Lindsay, Seduced by Evil, USA Network, 1994.

Sally McCormick, Devil's Food, Lifetime, 1996.

Emma Poleski, No Laughing Matter, USA Network, 1998.

Clara Hagen/Emily Shepherd, The Darklings, Fox Family Channel, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

ABC team member, Battle of the Network Stars III, ABC, 1977.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1977, 1979.

Host, Battle of the Network Stars IV, ABC, 1978.

The CarpentersSpace Encounters, ABC, 1978.

Paul Anka in Monte Carlo, CBS, 1978.

General Electrics All-Star Anniversary, ABC, 1978.

Rich Little's Washington Follies, 1978.

NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney, NBC, 1978.

Host, Echoes of the Sixties, NBC, 1979.

The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1979.

John Ritter: Being of Sound Mind and Body, 1980.

Host, The Suzanne Somers Special, CBS, 1982, 1983.

Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz, 1985.

Charlie Sorrell and Charlene Sorrell, Goodbye, Charlie, ABC, 1985.

A Star-Spangled Celebration, ABC, 1987.

Host, Suzanne, syndicated, 1987.

Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1988.

Director, Disney's Totally Minnie (also known as Totally Minnie), NBC, 1988.

Suzanne Somers Presents: Showtime's Triple Crown of Comedy, Showtime, 1988.

The Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening, NBC, 1989.

TGIF Comedy Preview, ABC, 1991.

Host, The Saturday Morning Preview Special, ABC, 1992.

The Best of the Hollywood Palace, ABC, 1992.

Carol, ABC's Saturday Morning Preview, ABC, 1992.

Robin Leach's Private Files: The Price of Fame, 1993.

More of "The Best of the Hollywood Palace," 1993.

Carol Foster Lambert, ABC Sneak Peek with Step by Step, 1994.

People's 20th Birthday, 1994.

All-New Return of TV Censored Bloopers, 1994.

Host, Will You Marry Me?, ABC, 1994, 1995.

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration, 1995.

Celebrity First Loves, 1995.

Host, Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, 1996.

Caesar's Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration, 1996.

The Making of "American Graffiti," 1998.

Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Somers, Lifetime, 1998.

Three's Company: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals: Three's Company, Brady Bunch, and Partridge Family, 1999.

Headliners & Legends: Suzanne Somers, 2000.

The '70s: The Decade that Changed Television, ABC, 2000.

(In archive footage) Entertainment Tonight Presents: TV's Greatest Scandals, syndicated, 2000.

"John Ritter: In Good Company," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Suzanne Somers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

"American Graffiti," VH-1 Where Are They Now?, VH1, 2002.

TVography: Suzanne Somers—Mastering Success, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Host, Latin Dancesport Championship 2001, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Inside TV Land: 40 Greatest Theme Songs, TV Land, 2002.

Inside TV Land: Taboo TV, TV Land, 2002.

John Ritter: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Inside TV Land: Style and Fashion, TV Land, 2003.

A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter, ABC, 2003.

Commentator, TV Revolution, Bravo, 2003.

(In archive footage) 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Gina Germaine, Hollywood Wives, ABC, 1985.

Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top, Comedy Central, 2003.

(In archive footage) The Ultimate Hollywood Blonde, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

(In archive footage) I Love the '90s: Part Deux, VH1, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As Suzy Somers) Collie Smith, "If There Were Dreams to Sell," Ben Casey, ABC, 1963.

Linda Banning, "High Water," Lassie (also known as Jeff's Collie and Timmy and Lassie), CBS, 1965.

Panelist, Mantrap (talk show), syndicated, 1971.

Contestant, The Dating Game, 1973.

Virginia Nelson, "The Big Ripoff," The Rockford Files (also known as Jim Rockford, Private Investigator), NBC, 1974.

Gloria, "Bummy's Girl," Lotsa Luck, 1974.

Sally Ann Sloan, "Savage Saturday," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1975.

"Julie the Waitress," One Day at a Time, CBS, 1976.

Linda Offenbecker, "The Vampire," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1976.

Lorraine Hoffman, "One if by Land," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977.

Jane Hutton, "Murder Ward," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1977.

Jenny Fraser, "The Cheshire Project," Six Million Dollar Man, ABC, 1977.

Match Game 73 (also known as Match Game 77), 1977.

Billy, CBS, 1979.

Chrissy Snow, "The Surprise Party" (also known as "The Party"), The Ropers (also known as Three's Company's Friends, the Ropers), ABC, 1979.

On Stage America, syndicated, 1984.

Host, The Late Show, Fox, 1986.

Public People, Private Lives, syndicated, 1988.

Guest host, Studio 59 (also known as Into the Night), ABC, 1991.

Herself, "Moving Pictures," Sisters, NBC, 1993.

Herself, "Larry Loses Interest," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1993.

Herself, "Love on the Rocks," Full House, ABC, 1994.

Herself, "Star and Comet Collide! Giant Bugs Invade!" The Naked Truth (also known as Wilde Again), 1995.

Voice, "The Day the Violence Died," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1996.

Chrissy, The Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV, 1997.

Host, "Millennium Episode," I Can't Believe I Wore That, WE Network, 2005.

"Wacky Neighbors," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Perfect 10's the Women," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Sexiest Men," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Also appeared in Us Against the World.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, multiple appearances, between 1974 and 1984.

Sabado noche, 1988.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (also known as Conan O'Brien), NBC, 1994, 2000.

Howard Stern, E! Entertainment Television, multiple appearances, between 1994 and 2001.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, multiple appearances, between 1997 and 2001.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2000.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, Entertainment Tonight Weekend, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2003, 2006, 2007.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC, 2004.

The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2004.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2004.

The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, 2004.

Good Day Live, syndicated, 2004, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2004, 2005.

Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2004, 2006, 2007.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005.

Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005.

Scarborough Country, MSNBC, 2005.

Corazon de …, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2005, 2006.

Appeared as a guest for other talk shows, including The Danny Thomas Hour, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Phil Donahue, and Sally Jesse Raphael.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The American Movie Awards, 1980.

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990.

Presenter, The 2nd Annual Quill Awards, NBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Other:

One for the Road, 1989.

Venus, Love-Struck, The Family Channel, 1997.

Television Work:

Executive producer, Keeping Secrets (movie), ABC, 1991.

Co-executive producer, Exclusive (movie), ABC, 1992.

Executive producer, The Suzanne Somers Show (special), syndicated, 1994.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Bit part, Bullitt, Warner Bros., 1968.

(Uncredited) Extra, Daddy's Gone a-Hunting, National General, 1969.

Fools, Cinerama, 1970.

Girl in white Thunderbird, American Graffiti, Universal, 1973.

(Uncredited) Pool girl, Magnum Force, Warner Bros., 1973.

Party girl, Billy Jack Goes to Washington, 1977.

Cloudy Martin, Yesterday's Hero, 1979.

Abigail Adams, Nothing Personal, 1980.

Herself, Serial Mom, Savoy Pictures, 1994.

Voice of Malley the dog, Rusty: A Dog's Tale (also known as Rusty: The Great Rescue), Saban Entertainment, 1997.

(Uncredited) Herself, Say It Isn't So, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001.

Stage Appearances:

The Blonde in the Thunderbird (solo show), Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Appeared in stock productions of Annie Get Your Gun, The Boyfriend, Guys and Dolls, and The Sound of Music. Cabaret singer in "Moulin Rouge," performed at Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.



Somersize Part 1, Suzanne Somers: Eat Great, Lose Weight, 1996.

Somersize Part 2, Suzanne Somers: Think Great, Look Great, 1996.

"Liberian Girl" segment, Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film—Volume II, 1997.

Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles, Rhino, 2005.

Appeared in various workout videos.


Suzanne Somers' How to Change Your Life, Audio Renaissance, 1999.


Television Music; Series:

Theme song, The Jenny McCarthy Show, MTV, 1997.


Touch Me Again (poetry), Workman Publishing, 1973.

Keeping Secrets (autobiography), Warner Books, 1988.

Wednesday's Children: Adult Survivors of Abuse Speak Out (interviews), Putnam, 1992.

Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight, illustrated by Leslie Hamel, Crown, 1997.

After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All Over Again (autobiography), Crown, 1998.

Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, illustrated by Hamel, Crown, 1999.

Suzanne Somers' 365 Ways to Change Your Life, Crown, 1999.

Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away, illustrated by Hamel, Crown, 2001.

Somersize Desserts, Crown, 2001.

Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy: Lost Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family!, illustrated by Hamel, Crown, 2002.

Sexy Years: Discover the Natural Hormone Connection—The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality for Women and Men, Crown, 2004.

Somersize Chocolate: 30 Delicious, Guilt-Free Desserts for the Carb-Conscious Chocolate-Lover, Crown, 2004.

Somersize Cocktails: 30 Sexy Libations from Cool Classics to Unique Concoctions, Crown, 2005.

Somersize Appetizers: 30 Scintillating Starters to Tantalize Your Tastebuds at Every Occasion, Crown, 2005.

Suzanne Somers' Slim and Sexy Forever: The Hormone Solution for Permanent Weight Loss and Optimal Living, illustrated by Hamel, Crown, 2005.

Ageless: The Naked Truth about Bioidentical Hormones and Beyond, Crown, 2006.


Keeping Secrets was adapted for television and broadcast on ABC, 1991, with Somers as executive producer.



Business Leader Profiles for Students, Volume 2, Gale, 2002.

Newsmakers 2000, Issue 1, Gale, 2000.

Somers, Suzanne, Keeping Secrets, Warner Books, 1988.

Somers, Suzanne, After the Fall: How I Picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All Over Again, Crown, 1998.


Alternative Medicine Digest, November, 1997.

Better Nutrition, July, 2004, pp. 36-39.

Biography, February, 2001.

Fortune, June 14, 2004, p. 44.

Ladies Home Journal, May, 1998, p. 92.

Parade, May 13, 2001, p. 14.

People Weekly, January 21, 1980, pp. 24-25; March 1, 1982, pp. 76-80; August 9, 1982, pp. 76-80; April 18, 1988, pp. 100-111; November 11, 1991, pp. 99-103; March 3, 1997, p. 42; May 25, 1998, p. 41; April 30, 2001, pp. 72-78, 81; April 30, 2001, p. 72; May 19, 2003, p. 131.

Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2004, p. 74.

Saturday Evening Post, May-June, 2007, p. 46.

Time, August 9, 1999, p. 73.

TV Guide, December 28, 2002, p. 10.

USA Today, June 22, 1999, p. 8D.

Washington Post, July 1, 2005, pp. N1, N7.

Woman's Day, May 4, 2004, p. 91.

Television Specials:

Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Somers, Lifetime, 1998.

TV Guide's Truth behind the Sitcom Scandals: Three's Company, Brady Bunch, and Partridge Family, 1999.

Headliners & Legends: Suzanne Somers, 2000.

Suzanne Somers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

TVography: Suzanne Comers—Mastering Success, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

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