Suzanne Somers was an American actress, author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson.
She was born on October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, California, and passed away on October 15, 2023, in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 76.
Somers played the television roles of Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company and Carol Foster Lambert on Step by Step.
She later wrote several books and hosted The Suzanne Show, a 13-episode season on the Lifetime Network, where she welcomed various guests covering a wide range of topics relating to health and fitness.
Somers participated in the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2015, where she was partnered with professional dancer Tony Dovolani.
Suzanne Somers early life
Somers was born on October 16, 1946, in San Bruno, California, and was the third of four children.
Her parents were Frank and Marion Mahoney, with her father working as a beer loader on a boxcar and her mother as a medical secretary.
Somers grew up in a family that suffered from internal disruption due to her father’s drinking, and she lived in constant fear of being hurt or killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father.
She attended Mercy High School in Burlingame, California, where her studies were affected by her father’s all-night rages, and she had trouble doing her homework due to the environment at home.
Somers was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young and was a poor student, but she excelled in the arts and was active in her school’s theater program.
She won a music scholarship to college but became pregnant after six months and married the baby’s father, Bruce Somers.
Her only child, Bruce Somers, was born in November 1965.
Somers was unhappy in her marriage and began an affair with her former drama teacher, which led to the end of her marriage after just two years, in 1967.
As a single mom, she turned to modeling in San Francisco to support herself and her son.
Suzanne Somers cause of death
According to a post on New York Post, she died from breast cancer that had metastasized to the brain.
According to a death certificate obtained by The Blast, a biopsy was done to confirm the cause, although no autopsy took place.
Contributing factors also included hypertension or high blood pressure and hydrocephalus, a neurological disorder of the brain that involves a buildup of fluid.
Somers’ publicist, R. Couri Hay, confirmed that she passed away peacefully at her home on October 15, 2023, one day before her 77th birthday.
She was surrounded by her family during her final moments.
Somers was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and had been open about her health struggles over the years.
In July 2023, she announced on Instagram that her breast cancer had returned, but she expressed her determination to continue fighting the disease with the best alternative and conventional treatments.
In addition to her battle with breast cancer, Somers had also faced skin cancer.
While dealing with her health issues, Somers remained active in her career and business ventures.
Suzanne Somers career
Somers had a diverse and successful career as an actress, author and businesswoman.
She began acting in small roles during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Somers gained international fame for her role as Chrissy Snow in the television show, Three’s Company, which she played for five seasons.
She also starred in the sitcom, Step by Step, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and appeared in films, such as American Graffiti.
Somers became a successful entrepreneur, launching various products and brands.
She was the spokesperson for the ThighMaster exercise equipment in the 1990s, and also hosted a talk show and had a Las Vegas act during a break from network television.
Somers was a prolific author, writing books on aging, menopause, beauty, wellness, sex and cancer.
Her books often focused on alternative medicine and controversial treatments, which garnered both praise and criticism.
Somers appeared on various talk shows, promoting her books and discussing her career.
She participated in the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.