She also appeared in The Rockford Files and had an uncredited role as a topless pool girl in Magnum Force, both in 1974.
She also had a guest-starring role on The Six Million Dollar Man, in the 1977 episode "Cheshire Project." She later landed her most famous role of the ditzy blonde "Chrissy Snow" on the ABC sitcom Three's Company in 1977.
After actresses Suzanne Zenor and Susan Lanier did not impress producers during the first two test pilots, Somers was suggested by ABC president Fred Silverman, who had seen her on the Tonight Show and she was auditioned and hired the day before the taping of the third and final pilot officially commenced.
She portrayed Chrissy Snow, a stereotypical dumb blonde, who was employed as an office secretary.
She felt she would have a better chance to control the quality of the photos the second time, and having such control was an important condition that Somers attached to posing.
Those close to the situation suggested that Somers' rebellion was due to husband Hamel's influences.After her contract was terminated, she sued ABC for million, claiming her credibility in show business had been damaged.It went to an arbitrator who decided she was owed only ,000, due to a single missed episode for which she had not been paid. Somers claims she was fired for asking to be paid as much as male television stars of the day such as Alan Alda and Carroll O'Connor.When ABC denied her request, she boycotted the second and fourth shows of the season, due to excuses such as a broken rib.She finished the remaining season on her contract, but her role was decreased to 60 seconds per episode (her character only appearing in the episode's closing tag in which she calls the trio's apartment from her parents' home).Suzanne Somers (born Suzanne Marie Mahoney, October 16, 1946) is an American actress, author, singer, businesswoman and health spokesperson; best known for her television roles as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and as Carol Foster Lambert on Step by Step.Somers later became the author of a series of best-selling self-help books, including Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones (2006), about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.She has released two autobiographies, four diet books, and a book of poetry.She has been criticized for her views on some medical subjects and her advocacy of the Wiley Protocol, which has been labelled as "scientifically unproven and dangerous".Also that year, she was a celebrity panelist on Match Game, and appeared with husband Alan Hamel on Tattletales.Somers was cast in the ABC sitcom Three's Company in January 1977.