Suzanne Somers

Even though I am only 9 year old, I am a huge Suzanne Somers fan. When I first saw her on "Three's Company," I thought she was really funny! She is so much more than that. Suzanne Somers was born on October 16, 1946 in San Bruno, California. She had three brothers and sisters. Her father loaded beer onto boxcars for a living and her mother didn't work outside the home.

Suzanne grew up afraid of her father because he was an alcoholic and her was abusive. She was a poor student and she was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard for someone to recognize and understand written words. She was very good at acting. In fact, she got a college scholarship for acting. Unfortunately, 6 months later, she got pregnant. Her son, Bruce Somers was born in 1965.

Suzanne and her husband divorced 2 years after Bruce was born. Then, Suzanne, a single mother, became a model in San Francisco to support herself and her son. She also tried to stay away from her family because they were alcoholics like her father.

In 1968, Suzanne won a prize to be on a game show. Little did she know the host of the show, Alan Hamel, would soon be her husband. In the early 1970's Suzanne got some small roles in TV and films.

Finally she won a role on the series "Three's Company" and married Alan Hamel in 1977. After five years on "Three's Company," Suzanne was fired when she asked for a raise. She went to Los Vegas to perform in stage shows. She wrote a book about her life called "Keeping Secrets." Suzanne has spent much of her time talking to audiences about alcohol addiction. She founded the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addiction on the Family." She wrote another book called "After the Fall: How I picked Myself Up, Dusted Myself Off, and Started All Over Again."

I enjoyed learning about her and I was surprised of what an interesting life she had.

by Stephen, fourth grade, 2001

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