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Three's Company

Suzanne Somers

Chrissy Snow

Born Suzanne Marie Mahoney, Somers' big break came as the mysterious woman in the Thunderbird pursued by Richard Dreyfuss in Francis Ford Coppola's American Graffiti (1972). As a young un-wed mother, Somers turned to modeling and acting to support herself and her young son, Bruce. As Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, this blonde bombshell created a character that was the perfect mix of sex appeal and sweetness (though feminists and religious critics often labeled her character a dim-witted bimbo). As the buxom goof, Somers became a show favorite, and in 1978 won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series.

With her popularity on the rise, Somers demanded a significant pay increase at the beginning of the 1980-81 season - a demand that led producers to write Chrissy off the show. Not one to sit around licking her wounds, Somers headed to Las Vegas where she developed a successful career performing on the strip throughout the 1980s. Step-By-Step (1991-1996), a sitcom co-starring Patrick Duffy, marked Somers' return to TV, and she also appeared in Keeping Secrets (1991), an autobiographical, made-for-TV movie that chronicled her painful childhood in an abusive, alcoholic household. A vocal advocate for women's health and alternative therapies, in 2001 she put those beliefs into practice when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In recent years, Somers has become an accomplished entrepreneur, selling health and wellness products (remember the ThighMaster?), and penning a series of best-selling books on diet, fitness, and healthy aging. She appeared briefly on Broadway in 2005 in the one-woman show The Blonde in the Thunderbird, which closed after only a few months.

Somers has been married to her manager and business partner, Alan Hamel, since 1977.

Character Bio

One might think her parents were hippies given her odd name, but in truth Chrissy's the daughter of an evangelical minister. And there you have the contradiction that is Chrissy Snow - she has the body of a sinner, but the sweet-natured demeanor of an innocent. It's easy to peg her as nothing more than a ditzy blonde, with her snorting laugh and faulty logic, but she's always paying attention to what's going on around her, and often surprises everyone (including herself) with keen - if not off-kilter - observations. It's not easy being the in-house babe, but Chrissy works hard to have people appreciate her for who she is, not simply how she looks.

Three's Company TV Schedule

August 24
The New Landlord
The roomies meet their new landlord, Ralph Furley.
Snow Job
Chrissy thinks she's found her calling as an Easy-Time cosmetics saleswoman.
Jack the Ripper
Jack decides to take assertiveness training classes after repeatedly giving in.
The Lifesaver
Jack's the recent recipient of a new, rent-free apartment.
August 31
Old Folks at Home
The roommates take pity on a homeless old man and let him stay with them until he can find new housing.
A Camping We Will Go
On a camping trip, Jack pretends to be a famous commercial director so that Larry can impress his new girlfriend.
Chrissy's Hospitality
Janet and Jack see Chrissy's doctor crying and soon believe her life is in danger.
The Loan Shark
When they need money for rent, Chrissy gets it from a loan shark.
The Love Barge
Jack's landed a job on a cruise ship and can invite one person to join him.
Ralph's Rivals
Furley gets Chrissy to pretend to be his young trophy-bride to impress a childhood rival.
A Black Letter Day
Janet and Chrissy suspect each other when they both read a letter written to an advice columnist about a man having an affair with one of his roommates.
The Reverend Steps Out
Reverend Snow is up for a new appointment.