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Suzanne Somers is one of America's most popular and beloved personalities. In a multifaceted career that has spanned nearly three decades, she has achieved extraordinary success as an actress, singer, comedienne, The New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and lecturer. Ageless, her informed and empowering book on anti-aging medicine and maintaining an optimal quality of life, released by Crown Publishers in October 2006, became an instant #1 bestseller in its first week on sale.
Ms. Somers first big break as the mysterious blonde driving the white Thunderbird in George Lucas' 1973 cult classic, American Graffiti, was soon followed by her portrayal of the ditzy, yet lovable Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, which propelled her to nationwide fame. From 1987-89, she held the title character role in the hit series She's the Sheriff, and starred with Patrick Duffy in the situation comedy series, Step by Step, which ran for seven seasons from 1991-97. She also hosted her own daytime talk show, The Suzanne Somers Show and, from 1998-2000, was the weekly co-host of Candid Camera. She is the recipient of two People's Choice Awards for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series in both 1978 and 1992.
Suzanne Somers enjoys a successful career as a live performer. Her one-woman, musical autobiography, The Blonde in the Thunderbird, debuted on Broadway in a limited engagement at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in Summer 2005.
Always exploring different avenues of self-expression, Ms. Somers has authored 16 books, including eight New York Times bestsellers. In 1997, she published Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight (Crown), the first in what has become a popular series of books on "Somersizing," her sensible approach to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. The Sexy Years (March 2004, Crown), focuses on the positives of aging and understanding natural bioidentical hormone replacement and started a revolution in the way women think about their bodies and menopause. She also published Keeping Secrets (Warner Books; 1988), her powerful New York Times bestselling autobiography, which chronicled her childhood as the daughter of an abusive alcoholic and the effect that had on her life. In 1998, she wrote After the Fall (Crown), its moving and inspiring sequel, which revisited her years before and after Three's Company, and candidly explored the pain and triumph of blending families. There are currently more than 10 million copies of her books in print.
A savvy businesswoman as well, Ms. Somers launched her direct sales company, SUZANNE, in October 2006. An outgrowth of her branded product line on the web, SUZANNE is initiating U.S. operations through a direct sales force and home parties. She hosted the first SUZANNE national sales convention in 2007. She is the owner of the flourishing line of ThighMaster personal fitness products and the Suzanne Somers Jewelry Collection on the Home Shopping Network, where it is among the top sellers. In January 2007, eDiets.com partnered with her to offer her Suzanne Somers Weight-Loss Plan online. She has also created a line of skin and hair care products, apparel, and Somersize food products. FaceMaster, a facial toning system approved by the F.D.A., was introduced to consumers in 2000. In January 2003, she introduced her newest fitness product, the BodyRow, on national television. The Electronic Retailing Association presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in September 2005.
Suzanne Somers has toured extensively with her nightclub act for the past 24 years and is one of the most popular nightclub entertainers in the nation. She still appears in Las Vegas, as well as Monte Carlo, Atlantic City, and Lake Tahoe.
Ms. Somers' most recent telefilm work includes the lead role in the USA Network movie, No Laughing Matter. Playing an alcoholic, single mother, she drew on her own painful childhood to bring startling realism to the part. She starred in Devil's Food, a 1996 Lifetime made-for-television movie, and produced and starred in Seduced by Evil for the USA Network in 1994, Exclusive for ABC-TV in 1992, as well as Keeping Secrets, an adaptation of her autobiography for ABC-TV. Her television and feature film credits also include Happily Ever After, Nothing Personal, Sky Heist, Yesterday's Hero, Serial Mom, Hearts of Stone, The Darklings, and Say It Isn't So.
In January 2003, Suzanne Somers was recognized with her own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was the 1999 Hall of Fame Inductee of Books for a Better Life, which honors the year's most outstanding books in the self-improvement genre. In 2000, she received the Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award for her ongoing fundraising efforts on behalf of AIDS-related projects. Her other honors include the 1997 KNX Woman of the Year award for her contribution to the research, education, and prevention of alcoholism in families; the first R. Brinkley Smithers Award, established in 1995 to honor one of the chief architects in the field of alcoholism research; and the 1993 "Mother of the Year" award given by The National Mother's Day Committee in New York City.
A knowledgeable and dedicated health care advocate, Ms. Somers helped bring The Menopause Institute, founded in Australia, to the U.S. Based in La Jolla, CA, Menopause Clinics of America provides affordable cutting-edge anti-aging bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women and men. She received the Humanitarian Award from the National Council on Alcoholism, and the Distinguished Achievement in Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has served two terms as National Honorary Chairperson of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and, most notably, was the first layperson named to the American Psychiatric Foundation's board of directors. She was also selected to serve on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She also received a Doctorate of Letters from National University.
A sought-after commencement speaker and lecturer on the topic of addiction, recovery, and motivation, Suzanne Somers has spoken to audiences of up to 50,000 people. She is the founder of the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addiction on Families.
Ms. Somers and her husband Alan Hamel, whom she first met in 1968, are something of an anomaly in Hollywood, having enjoyed an enduring relationship for 37 years. Together, they have two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. They live in Los Angeles, where they oversee a manufacturing and marketing company that annually produces more than 1,000 products that are marketed globally.
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