Suzanne Somers Net Worth:
At the time of her passing, Celebrity Net Worth estimated that Somers’ private fortune would be around $100 million – quite a sum for anyone, let alone a TV actress who had been somewhat left behind by the industry.
According to their estimates, a significant portion of Somers’ wealth didn’t come from television or film appearances. It was the result of Somers’ work as a pitchwoman, an exercise assistant you couldn’t escape in the 90s.
According to Somers’ own recollections, when her business partners made some wrong calls, she turned the product into an incredibly appealing opportunity, opening the door for her to buy the company. At the time of her death,
Somers and her husband, Alan Hamel, owned 100% of the ThighMaster brand – a business with sales of nearly $300 million. Additional income came from controversial self-help and wellness books.
Somers’ financial situation had been the subject of fascination for years. After refusing to accept an offer to increase her salary per episode from $30,000 to $150,000, she earned notoriety with the Three’s Company producers. It’s heartening to know that, through the power of Springy legs and a little determination, she turned it all around.
Best Suzanne Somers Films and TV Shows
On October 15, 2023, one day before her 77th birthday, fans were saddened to hear that actress and television personality Suzanne Somers had succumbed to breast cancer after a long battle. Here, we are taking a look at some of the standout projects in her five-decade-long career.
Four years ago, everyone was watching Star Wars, and three years later when no one had seen THX-1138, a young George Lucas directed American Graffiti, a nostalgic flashback to the early 60s that you’ve probably seen if you’ve taken a filmmaking class in community college.
Due to its Academy Award nominations and favor with the American Film Institute, it holds a special place in cinematic history.
Somers’ contribution to American Graffiti wasn’t earth-shattering. Her character is credited as the “Blonde in T-Bird,” so she wasn’t exactly winning the Americana Death Star of 1962. Nevertheless, the film had a profound impact on cinema, and Somers had an impact on Richard Dreyfuss’s Kurt, under the golden locks in T-Bird.
Similarly, the role had an impact on Somers, who named her 2005 one-woman show “The Blonde in the Thunderbird.”
Do you know how time changes, how tastes evolve, and how sensitivities transform over time? Threes Company, a British sitcom adaptation of About the House, was initially a show about a young man pretending to be gay to convince his landlord to let him live with two women. In contemporary terms, it’s a tough sell.
This was one of the biggest, most successful, and beloved sitcoms of its time, premiering in 1977 and turning its stars into overnight sensations. For Somers, differentiating herself from the character of Chrissy Snow became impossible, a role she landed just a day before shooting the pilot episode.
During her time on “Three’s Company,” Somers achieved fame that was only matched after her infamous departure from the show following the fifth season. Her demand for a 500% salary increase went unmet, leading to a significant decline in her screen time and eventually her exit.
It was the 1990s, and ABC’s TGIF lineup ruled the block. The programming was the best place to pull up a hyper-color bean bag chair and enjoy some Surge cola on a Friday night. In a predominantly white TV family landscape of a thousand, some shows presented the same cable-knit sweater thickness as “Step by Step.”
In 1991, “Step by Step” premiered, ran for 160 episodes, and told the story of two single parents blending their families into one household. Suzanne Somers played the role of the mother, Carol Foster, for six seasons on ABC and in the seventh season when the show moved to CBS.
John Waters’ films fit into two broad categories: those you can watch for a few months after a date, and those you never watch on any date.
Serial Mom falls into the first group – a bizarre, offbeat piece, as much a dark comedy and a satire as it can be. At this stage in her career, Suzanne Somers was either most famous for her TV film or most famous as Suzanne Somers. So, it only makes sense that she plays herself in the TV movie adaptation of the main character’s story.
Waters, you scoundrel.
In 2012, Somers, while hosting a talk show under her own name, stepped into daytime television: “The Suzanne Show.”
This series lasted only a year and didn’t receive universal acclaim – Somers’ sharp views on health and medical issues were particularly controversial. Still, it earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Host,” and that’s no small feat. It’s quite a journey, and that’s no understatement.