San Bruno, California, USA
Claim to Fame
Three`s Company, Shes the Sheriff, Step by Step
Actor/Actress, Producer, Soundtrack
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Suzanne Somers is the third of four children born to Frank and Marion Mahoney. Her father worked loading beer onto boxcars, and her mother was a homemaker. She grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young, and was a poor student. She excelled, however, 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. She married the baby`s father, "Bruce Somers", and her only child, Bruce Somers, was born in November 1965. She was unhappy in her marriage and began an affair with her former drama teacher. Her husband found out about it and the marriage ended after just two years, in 1967. A single mom, she turned to modeling in San Francisco to support herself and her son. She also distanced herself from her family because her older brother and sister by then were also alcoholics. In 1968, she won a job as a prize model on a game show hosted by her future husband, Alan Hamel, who was married at the time. The two began dating, and she became pregnant while Hamel was still married. They came to the conclusion that Suzanne should have an abortion, from which she suffered severe bleeding for several days. In 1971, her son Bruce was severely injured when he was hit by a car, and the therapist counseling him only charged the struggling Suzanne $1 per week. Suzanne herself also underwent therapy to overcome the problems of her dysfunctional childhood. In the early 1970s, she landed minor roles in film and TV, and finally won a role on the series "Three`s Company" (1977), where she modeled her character after Dick Clark`s wife. She married Hamel in 1977. She was fired from the series after she asked for a raise at the beginning of the fifth season. She then headed to Las Vegas, where she performed extensively in the mid-1980s. In 1986, she began writing her autobiography, "Keeping Secrets", which was later made into a TV movie. In 1991, Suzanne landed the role of "Carol Foster", opposite Patrick Duffy, on the TV series "Step by Step" (1991). Since the end of that show, she has begun co-hosting the series "Candid Camera" (1992).
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Capuchino High School, San Bruno, California
Full Name at Birth
Suzanne Marie Mahoney
Actress, Author, Singer, Businesswoman
Short Blond Hair With Bangs, Thick Eyeliner
Stephen Hamel (Step-Son), Leslie Hamel (Step-Daughter)
Bruce Somers (Son)
Suzanne Somers (born Suzanne Marie Mahoney; October 16, 1946) is an American actress, author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson, known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Lambert on Step by Step.
Reverend Luther Snow
Cindy Snow (Cousin)
Jack Tripper, Janet Wood, Stanley Roper, Helen Roper, Ralph Furley
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Chrissy was born in Fresno, the eldest child of Reverend Luther Snow (Peter Mark Richman) and his wife. In one episode, she explains that she was named "Christmas" because her father was a big fan of Bing Crosby. In another episode, she states that her name is Christmas due to having been born in December. However, in "Roper's Niece", Janet states that Chrissy's birth was "not until January". Yet, in another episode, (Season 4, Ep 9: Chrissy's Hospitality) Chrissy falls and hits her head. She ends up in the hospital and explains to the nurse that her father named her Christmas because "she was the best present he ever got".
She was born into a very religious family and always loved her family traditions, such as Christmas with all her relatives. Every Sunday the Snow clan would go to church to hear her father preach. She always loved her family and friends, and upon moving to Santa Monica she ensured she would be back.
Arrival in Los AngelesAs an adult, Chrissy decided to move to Los Angeles, settling in Santa Monica where she got a job as a typist. She found an apartment, owned and operated by Stanley and Helen Roper, which she would share with two other women, Janet Wood and Eleanor Garvey.
In the pilot, a pregnant Eleanor got married in a reception in the apartment, but went into labor just as she was cutting the cake. After Eleanor had her baby and moved away, Janet and Chrissy were left to hunt for a new roommate. In their bathtub, they found a man who was passed out and who upon waking claimed that he was a friend of one of the party guests. They decided to select the man, Jack Tripper, as their new roommate instead of other, less desirable candidates, such as a pompous, nasal voiced woman, Patricia, nicknamed "Pattikins".
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