Fans have taken to the internet to share their condolences and remember the life and career of Suzanne Somers. Somers, who you might remember from Step by Step and Three’s Company, passed away in Palm Springs, California following a long battle with cancer.
Somers, 76, had a career that spanned over 6 decades. During that time, she stole the hearts of many with her memorable performances.
Suzanne Somers was a brilliant comic actor, who also was one of the first to speak up for equal pay.— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) October 15, 2023
One of my first jobs in PR was to work with her on her book.
We talked and talked about Threes Company which is like a dream to me.
This scene, always. pic.twitter.com/5qSpk2W44b
Somers made waves in 1980 when asked to be paid the exact same amount that Three’s Company co-star John Ritter made—$150,000 per episode. The offer was not met, and after Somers missed a few episodes, she was terminated by ABC.
At the height of "Three's Company" in 1980, Suzanne Somers *dared* to ask for pay equity with her male co-star… and was promptly fired by the network. RIP to a true legend. pic.twitter.com/vxT3b25cdt— m a r k J m a r r a c c i n i (@marramark) October 15, 2023
While remembered most for being the star in two hit TV shows, Somers was also well known for her cameos. Her appearance in the 1994 independent film ‘John Waters Serial Mom’ is something fans remember fondly.
Rest Easy Suzanne Somers ♥️. While others may remember you for Three's Company and Step by Step. My favorite memory of you will be your iconic cameo in John Waters Serial Mom 🔪 pic.twitter.com/4eNCYSAACb— Branden (@urbanzosf) October 15, 2023
Suzanne Somers Got Her Big Break in ‘American Grafitti’
Many of Somers’ fans were first introduced to her via the 1973 classic film American Grafitti, written and directed by George Lucas. While her role in the film was brief, she made a lasting impact on viewers and casting directors in Hollywood.
Her role as “Blonde in T-Bird” even influenced some folks to grab a Thunderbird of their own.
Funny and beautiful.— Erin Murphy (@Erin_Murphy) October 15, 2023
Rest in Peace, Suzanne Somers.
I had the pleasure of meeting her several times. Her scenes in American Graffiti inspired me to get a T-Bird. pic.twitter.com/nYktqzkEo4
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