Suzanne Somers has enjoyed success as a writer, health industry advocate, television star and as a model; her written works include a biography, poems and several best-selling diet books such as "Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight." Somers made a name for herself on television acting in "Three's Company," but expanded her career with roles in "The Anniversary Game," "She's the Sheriff" and "Step by Step." Somers also enjoys prominence in the health and fitness industry, serving as a spokesperson and supporter for fitness equipment.
Somers enjoys success in diverse fields, on-screen and off. Her early life, however, proved tumultuous. A California native, she was born into an average family: her parents earned a modest income, and her alcoholic and abusive father proved a poor role model. She pursued academics briefly at Lone Mountain College in California, but dropped out to pursue acting and modeling. Her Hollywood success brought her fame, in the form of support from some and criticism from others for some of her life choices.
She publicly revealed a breast cancer diagnosis in 2001; her selected treatment involved alternative therapies, sparking debate among fans and even some medical professionals. Somers continues producing written works and serves as a health and fitness advocate. Occasionally she appears on television, including a stint on the popular American show "Dancing With the Stars."