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Rare Photos of Hotty Suzanne Somers From The 70s

Entertainment | May 25, 2018

Actress Suzanne Somers poses for a portrait in 1982 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

Blonde, fit, and with a big, sexy smile, Suzanne Somers was an iconic hotty of the 1970s. An actress, singer, author, poet, businesswoman, and health advocate, Somers was everywhere during the 70s -- on game shows, sitcoms, the big screen, talk shows, commercials, and even in Playboy…twice! Somers expertly parlayed her all-American good looks and sensual curves into becoming a top celebrity and one of the decade’s biggest sex symbols. But Somers didn’t stop there. She showed that, behind that smoking-hot bod was a smart and ambitious businesswoman.

“Three’s Company” was Somers’ Breakout Role

Suzanne Somers started acting in the late 1960s in a series of bit roles in television shows, including “The Rockford Files” and “The Six Million Dollar Man”, and in movies, such as American Graffiti in which she was the “blonde in the white Thunderbird”. She had an unaccredited appearance in the 1874 film Magnum Force as a topless pool girl. She landed her breakout role as often-confused, stereotyped sexy secretary Chrissy Snow in the TV sitcom, “Three’s Company” in 1977, starring with John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt. Typecast as the ditzy blonde, Somers’ Cali-girl beauty gave the character of Chrissy an innocent, girl-next-door sexiness and propelled Somers to bona-fide sex symbol status.

Suzanne Somers’ Love/Hate Relationship with Playboy

In 1970, Suzanne Somers posed for a set of nude photos, with photographer Stan Malinowski, for Playboy magazine, but the test shots of the then-struggling actress were not published. Nearly a decade later, while a guest on “The Tonight Show”, Somers claimed that she never posed nude. This prompted Playboy to run a cover feature of her previously-unpublished pics. Somers claimed that she only posed for those photos to pay for medical bills for her son, Bruce Jr, and that she did not want the boy, now 14, to see the provocative photographs of his mother. She sued Playboy and eventually settled for $50,000, which she donated to charity.

In the early 1980s, after she was terminated from “Three’s Company”, Playboy asked Somers to again pose nude for a photo spread in the magazine. At first, Somers was angered about the offer, but her celebrity status was plummeting and she needed to regain her sex appeal. With the blessing of her son, her mother, and her husband, talk show host Alan Hamel, agreed to a second photo shoot, this time with photographer Richard Fegley, which ran in the December, 1984, issues of Playboy.

Showing Her Body Boosted Suzanne Somers’ Marketability

Somers capitalized on the burgeoning fitness craze and her own toned physique to launch a series of infomercials for health and fitness equipment. She gained a whole new following of fans with her Thigh Master commercials, which featured the spandex-wearing Somers squeezing the workout tool between her rock-hard thighs. When she wasn’t hocking workout videos or promoting exercise equipment, the ageless blonde worked as a Las Vegas performer and entertained the troops serving overseas.

From Ditzy Blonde to Successful Businesswoman and Advocate

Suzanne Somers may have played a dumb blonde on TV, but she’s one smart cookie! Her health and fitness empire included books, videos, exercise equipment, weight loss supplements, skincare products, cosmetics, clothing, jewelry, and even chemical-free home cleaning products.

A breast cancer survivor, Somers defied her oncologist’s orders and replaced traditional chemotherapy with homeopathic treatments including Iscador, an extract made from fermented mistletoe. She supports a controversial and unproven hormone replacement therapy regime, which she has written about in her 2006 self-help book Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. The American Cancer Association has called the actress’s views on cancer treatment “dangerous” and the organization has been openly critical of Somers’ medical views. Yet, they seem to be working well for her. Her unorthodox methods, which include daily injections, creams and approximately 60 daily supplements, got an unexpected thumb’s up from Oprah, who said of Somers, “she just might be a pioneer.”

Suzanne Somers is Ageless

We have to admit that Suzanne Somers is still a hottie forty years after she first captivated TV audiences with her low-cut t-shirts and long, tan legs. Her controversial medical opinions and fierce fitness routine seems to be working well for her. Her 41-year marriage to Alan Hamel is going strong…a rarity by Hollywood standards. In fact, the still-sexy Somers credits the longevity of her marriage to their racy and intense sex life. Somers returned to television in “Step by Step” and was a contestant on the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2015. Somers, and her partner, professional dancer Tony Dovolani, finished in 9th place but her appearance on the popular show introduced her to a whole new fan base who were too young to remember the hot blonde’s run on TV’s “Three’s Company.” The youthful Somers is still very much the 1970s sex symbol at 72 years old!

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Karen Harris

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Karen left the world of academic, quitting her job as a college professor to write full-time. She spends her days with her firefighter husband and four daughters on a hobby farm with an assortment of animals, including a goat named Atticus, a turkey named Gravy, and a chicken named Chickaletta.