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Suzanne Somers

Highest Rated:   97% Bullitt (1968)
Lowest Rated:   9% Say It Isn't So (2001)
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Though best known for portraying rather ditzy blondes in television series such as Three's Company and Step by Step, there is much more to Suzanne Somers than meets the eye. In addition to acting, Somers has found success as an author, poet, entrepreneur, spokeswoman, nightclub performer and talkshow hostess. The daughter of a secretary and high school athletic coach, Somers briefly attended a private Catholic School until she was expelled for passing notes to her friends. Following graduation from public school, Somers attended Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. Marrying and divorcing early, Somers had a child to support, so she sought out modelling and acting work, with a few stints as a cocktail waitress. TV bit roles and fleeting appearances in such San Francisco-based films as Bullitt (1968) led to a decorative girl-friday job on a TV game show hosted by Alan Hamel, whom she eventually married. Always just on the brink of stardom, Somers took whatever job came along, gaining a measure of attention as the mysterious "blonde in the car" in the 1973 film American Graffiti (a role later expanded for the film's reissue after Somers became famous). One audition struck gold in 1977 when Somers was cast as the dumbest of dumb blondes Chrissy on the ABC sitcom Three's Company where Somers scored a hit with viewers. This being the Fonzie/Farrah Fawcett Majors era of TV idolatry, Somers was suddenly catapulted into sex-symbol status, with one of her "pin-up" photos selling 500,000 copies. This sudden fame led Somers to insist upon a salary raise - but the producers weren't prepared to pay $100,000 weekly for an actress previously receiving $30,000, nor did they want to give her a percentage of profits. Somers tried to break her contract, but was held to it by the producers, who forced her into what was virtually an extra role, limiting her weekly appearance to one minute, physically separated from her co-stars. Somers was off the show by 1980, and up until 1986 rarely appeared on television. Instead, Somers found success headlining a Las Vegas show where she pulled down $100,000 for each performance. The comeback began with a 1986 syndicated situation comedy, She's the Sheriff, which lasted two years. In the '90s, Somers began marketing exercise equipment products such as the Thighmaster and Buttmaster, via television infomercials. The products' success have made Somers a millionaire...again. She was the mom on the long-lived ABC sitcom Step By Step throughout the 1990s, also appearing in Serial Mom and No Laughing Matter. As the new century began she became a fitness guru by writing multiple books about aging, appearing in the 2009 documentary How to Live Forever in that capacity.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
57% How to Live Forever
  • Participant
$59.3k 2011
No Score Yet Suzanne Somer's Breakthrough Tour
  • Actor
2010
9% Say It Isn't So
  • Herself
$4.9M 2001
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale
  • Malley
1998
No Score Yet No Laughing Matter
  • Emma
1997
60% Serial Mom
  • Herself
1994
No Score Yet Seduced by Evil
  • Lee Lindsay
1994
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Marcy Singer
1992
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Abigail Adams
1980
No Score Yet Yesterday's Hero
  • Cloudy Martin
1979
No Score Yet Zuma Beach
  • Bonnie Katt
1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor
  • Gloria
1977
No Score Yet Ants
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Sky Hei$t
  • Actor
1975
95% American Graffiti
  • Blonde in T-Bird
1973
81% Magnum Force
  • Pool Girl (uncredited)
1973
97% Bullitt
  • Actor
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Suzanne Show
2012-2013
  • Host
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Revolution
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1996
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Herself
  • 1994

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