Suzanne Somers, the Emmy nominee and star of hit shows like Three’s a Company and She’s the Sheriff, has died. She was 76.
Somers’ longtime publicist R. Couri Hay shared a statement on behalf of the actress’ family on Sunday with the news that she had passed away from breast cancer peacefully at her home in Palm Springs, California, on Oct. 15, surrounded by her family.
“She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years. Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family,” the statement read. “Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on Oct. 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
In addition to Three’s Company and She’s the Sheriff, the actress was also known for her starring role in Step By Step, as well as American Graffiti and Serial Mom.
Born in San Bruno, California, on Oct. 16, 1946, Suzanne Marie Mahoney was the third of four children in an Irish-Ameircan Catholic family led by Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father was a laborer, and her mother was a medical secretary. When the actress was 6 years old, her father became an alcoholic and would often call her names.
Somers began her acting career in the later 1960s and early 1970s when she took on small, uncredited roles, in Bullitt, Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting and Fools. Her first credited role was as a “blonde in T-bird” in 1973’s American Graffiti.
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