Suzanne Somers had battled breast cancer for over 23 years, a statement from her family revealed. She had shown tremendous resilience throughout her long fight with the disease.
In a heartfelt statement, the family expressed their grief and shared their original intention to celebrate Suzanne’s 77th birthday on October 16. However, they now plan to commemorate her extraordinary life instead. They extended their gratitude to the millions of devoted fans and followers who held a special place in their hearts for Suzanne.
The actress, entrepreneur, and New York Times best-selling author had always shown immense strength and determination in her personal and professional life. In July, she candidly revealed her cancer’s return via her Instagram account, bravely stating, “Like any cancer patient, when you get that dreaded, ‘It’s back,’ you get a pit in your stomach. Then I put on my battle gear and go to war. This is familiar battleground for me, and I’m very tough,” in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Suzanne Somers, born in 1946 in San Bruno, California, faced numerous challenges throughout her life, including a difficult childhood with an alcoholic and abusive father. At the age of 19, she married Bruce Somers after becoming pregnant with her son. The marriage ended in divorce three years later, prompting Suzanne to pursue a modeling career in shows like ‘The Anniversary Game’ to support herself. During this time, she crossed paths with Alan Hamel, whom she married in 1977.
Suzanne’s acting career began to flourish in the late 1960s when she earned her first film credit in Steve McQueen’s ‘Bullitt.’ She appeared in several television shows during the 1970s, including ‘The Rockford Files,’ ‘Magnum Force,’ and ‘The Six Million Dollar Man.’ However, it was her role as the ditzy blonde, Chrissy Snow, on ‘Three’s Company’ that catapulted her to stardom. The sitcom aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984, with Suzanne’s participation ending in 1981.
Suzanne Somers leaves behind a legacy of resilience, talent, and a cherished place in the hearts of fans worldwide. Her contributions to the entertainment industry and her unwavering spirit in the face of adversity will always be remembered.