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In her biography, Suzanne told of her youth as she grew up living in constant fear of being hurt or even killed at the hands of her verbally and physically abusive alcoholic father. She was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was young, and she was a poor student. Suzanne, however, excelled in the arts and was active in her school's theatre program. She won a music scholarship to college, but became pregnant during the first semester. She married the baby's father, Bruce Somers, and her only child, Bruce Jr., was born in November 1965. She was unhappy in her marriage and began an affair with her former drama teacher. Her husband found out about the affair, and the marriage ended after just 2 years, in 1967.
Then a single mom, Suzanne turned to modeling in San Francisco to support herself and her son. At this time she distanced herself from her family because her older brother and sister by then were also alcoholics. In 1968, Suzanne won a job as a prize model on a game show hosted by her future husband, Alan Hamel, who was married at the time. The two began dating, and Suzanne became pregnant while Hamel was still married. They decided that Suzanne should have an abortion, from which she suffered severe bleeding for several days.
In 1971, her son Bruce was severely injured when he was hit by a car. Together they underwent therapy to overcome the problems of associated with the accident and to address her dysfunctional childhood.
In the early 1970s, she landed minor roles in film and TV, and finally won a role on the series Three's Company, where she modeled her character after Dick Clark's wife. She married Hamel in 1977. She was fired from Three's Company after she asked for a raise at the beginning of the fifth season. She then headed to Las Vegas, where she performed extensively in the mid 1980s. In 1986, she began writing her autobiography, Keeping Secrets, which was later made into a TV movie. In 1991, Suzanne landed the role of Carol Foster, opposite Patrick Duffy, on the TV series Step by Step. Since the end of SBS, she has begun co-hosting the series Candid Camera.
Ms. Somers has devoted a great deal of energy to the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addictions on the Family, for which she is founder and director. In 1991 she lecture before a U.S. Senate Committee on the subject. Since then she has lecture a lot through the U.S. She has been awarded Humanitarian Award from the National Counsel on Alcoholism, Mother of the Year Award, and the President's Award from the National Association of American Drug Counselors.