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Hollywood is mourning the death of Suzanne Somers, who became a household name with her role in Three’s Company and later went on to star in Step by Step and She’s the Sheriff.
Somers died Sunday at age 76 at her home in Palm Springs, California, after a battle with cancer, her longtime publicist R. Couri Hay said in a statement.
“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.”
Somers starred in Three’s Company opposite John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt for four seasons. At the start of the fifth season, she asked for a raise from $30,000 an episode to $150,000 an episode, equal to what Ritter was making. ABC offered only a $5,000 bump, and Somers missed two episode tapings before being fired by the network.
She went on to star in Step by Step, She’s the Sheriff and Serial Mom among others. In 2012, Lifetime launched talk show The Suzanne Show, for which she received an Emmy nom for best host.
“Sad so sad,” Goldie Hawn commented on Instagram.
“I am shocked and saddened,” Kathy Griffin wrote in a Threads post. “Suzanne was a real pal and ‘connector’. She loved connecting people with one another. Also a real pioneer regarding equal pay for actresses in situation comedies where the man got substantially more salary than the woman. 💔”
Below, see what some of her other famous fans and friends are saying about her life and legacy.
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