Before her passing, Somers had talked about her past and her relationship with her co-star from Three’s Company, Joyce DeWitt.
In her interview with Good Morning America, Somers had talked about her father’s behaviour towards her.
“It’s not easy growing up with an alcoholic,” Somers had said.
“We all have moments where your life can fall apart, or you can use it like judo — using forward energy to win, making the negative work for you,”
After many years, she had stated that she had forgiven her father, as her father had apologized for acting that way towards her. She stated that she had learned to defend herself, as she grew up with an alcoholic dad. She said, “greatest training ever”.
When she was in Lone Mountain College, she had found out that she was pregnant, and left her school. She married with the father of her child, Bruce, and together they had their child, Bruce Jr.
They almost lost their son, Bruce Jr., in a car accident. He survived but there were some mental struggles left with him, as he needed counseling, as his mother does.
Together thay went to counseling, because Somers felt that she needs too.
“‘He’s fine. You need to stay.’ I said, ‘Why?’” said their therapist to Somers. “That’s when she said, ‘You’re a walking apology. I’ve never met somebody with such low self-esteem.’”
“I had the craziest, most violent, most unbelievable father,”
“I had to do this musical because how do you start out in a closet and end up with the life I have today?”
“This is a life-changing moment. Five seconds on film that will never be forgotten,” she had stated and continued that George Lucas had said to her, “Everybody will always remember the mysterious blonde in the Thunderbird.”
“I am really proud of creating that dumb blonde cause she had a moral code. She was lovable,” she said about her part in Three’s Company.
“I’ve been playing what I think is one of the best dumb blondes that’s ever been done, but I never got any credit,”
“I did it so well that everyone thought I really was a dumb blonde.”
“When I got fired, I thought, ‘I should never have asked. Why did I ask? Why did I think I could get paid what men are being paid? Who did I think I was?”‘ she said about her protest with getting equal payment.
“Rather than thinking, ‘Hey, c’mon. I have the highest demographics of any woman on television. I’m on the No. 1 show. I’m doing the heavy lifting, too,’ I went right into low self-esteem. I hid in my house for a year in absolute grief.”
“Here I was on the number one show, and I couldn’t even get an interview because I was considered trouble,”
In 2020, she had said, “They painted me as she’s trying to ruin the show,”
“So, I never talked to anybody on that show ever again. Ever again.”
“We had very different approaches to our careers,” Joyce DeWitt said about their relationship with Somers.
“We had very different needs. I did not have a child that I was supporting on my own. I didn’t have a business head, so I didn’t understand someone who did.”
“I have relentlessly said that it is my opinion that the only reason Three’s Company is worth remembering is that it created an opportunity for all of us to laugh together, to celebrate joy. It’s a profound gift,”
“You went up against ruthlessness, and it came down,” DeWitt continued and added, “What you’ve gone on to do is immeasurable.”
“In a group of serious actors, I probably pissed you all off,” Somers added.
Sadly, as we know, she had lost her life at the age of 76, due to her breast cancer as her representative, R. Couri Hay, had announce, “Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15th. 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,”
“Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16th. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
“There were all these plans, and she was always working and dreaming and had brought her family into the business, and the grandchildren and step-children were all part of the business,” adding that Suzanne was “very engaged right to the end.” Hay said to PEOPLE.
Joyce also spoke about her passing to PEOPLE. “My heart goes out to Suzanne’s family,” she said.
“They are a very close family — deeply connected and caring one to the other. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for all of them.”
“I’m sure Suzanne was greeted by Angels into the loving wisdom waiting for all of us on the other side, and I hope that will assist her family’s hearts in healing as they travel through this difficult time.”
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