oyce DeWitt is a notable actress who came to popularity for her iconic role as Janet Wood in the popular sitcom “Three’s Company.” Joyce DeWitt was born on April 23, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia, and she is known for her work in the comedy. Because of her endearing personality, quick wit, and flawless comic timing, DeWitt was able to win over fans and become an indispensable element of one of the most popular television series in the United States.
The first steps of DeWitt’s career as an actor were taken while he was still a child. She had a normal childhood in Speedway, Indiana, but it wasn’t until she was in high school that she uncovered her love for performance. After earning her bachelor’s degree, DeWitt continued her education at the esteemed University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a master’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in acting.
Her big break came in 1976 when she was hired in the role of Janet Wood in the television show “Three’s Company.” The comedy, which centred on the comical misunderstandings and misfortunes of three housemates, rose to prominence in our culture quite fast when it debuted. Janet, the character represented by DeWitt, was an intelligent, reasonable, and quick-witted lady who often got herself caught up in the funny antics of her roommates, who were portrayed by John Ritter and Suzanne Somers. DeWitt’s portrayal of Janet was spot-on. Janet became one of the show’s most well-liked characters because to her outstanding comic timing and her ability to deliver lines with the ideal balance of sass and charm.
From 1977 through 1984, “Three’s Company” was a popular television show that aired for a total of eight years and was met with critical praise all around the world. She became a household name and was cherished by millions of people throughout the country as a result of the show’s success, which helped to firmly establish DeWitt’s position in the annals of television history.
On the other hand, despite the popularity of the program and its actors – or maybe even as a direct result of that popularity – things were not always peachy behind the scenes. By the time the show was in its fifth season, DeWitt and Somers had already butted heads, and the chasm that resulted between them would not be healed for another 30 years, even after they had a heart-to-heart chat onscreen.
The nature of the connection that existed between DeWitt and her co-star on “Three’s Company,” Suzanne Somers, has been the subject of considerable conjecture and debate over the course of the years. According to reports, disagreements about DeWitt and Somers’ respective salaries were the major cause of the tension between the two. Chrissy Snow, played by Somers, had become an enormous hit, and the actress wanted a sizeable pay raise to match her growing reputation, as well as an increase in the compensation of the show’s male protagonist, Jason Ritter. Somers also wanted Ritter to get a pay raise. This culminated in a widely publicized contract dispute between Somers and the program’s producers, which eventually led to Somers’ dismissal following the fifth season of the show.
After Somers left the program, tensions between the two actresses continued to be a source of contention. During the subsequent seasons of “Three’s Company,” there were rumors of arguments and physical confrontations between the three of them. On the other hand, particular facts about the breadth of their disagreements have not been made publicly available.
DeWitt’s career never quite achieved the same highs after the show’s run as it did while she was on “Three’s Company.” Although she maintained her career in film, DeWitt began to focus more on her work in the theater. Chris Mann, who is considered to be an authority on “Three’s Company,” asserts that DeWitt “was a theatrical performer. I don’t believe that she was in the least bit ready for the scheming that goes on in Hollywood.”
In his latter years, DeWitt pursued fewer acting opportunities, instead opting to make cameos at various conventions and performances of select plays. Now that she is comfortable with her gray hair, she travels back and forth between her residences in Los Angeles and New Mexico. The actress also did not get married, although she was in a high-profile relationship with the actor and director Ray Buktenica from 1973 to 1980. This relationship lasted for a decade.
In subsequent interviews, both DeWitt and Somers recognized the tense connection that existed between the two of them when they were working on the program together. Finally, in the year 2012, DeWitt made an appearance on Somers’ talk program called “Breaking Through” for an honest and sincere conversation regarding the matter.
Both DeWitt and Somers had not spoken with one another in more than 30 years, thus there was a great deal of excitement around their upcoming meeting. During the course of the presentation, the ladies were candid about their previous issues, particularly the problem with their pay that resulted in Somers’ termination.
“Before I started working on ‘Three’s Company,’ I was a single mother. I came from that background. I was short on funds. I was in desperate need of money. “I was so happy to get this job so that I was finally going to make some money,” Somers said. “I had been looking for a job for a long time.”
She continued by saying, “In a group of serious actors, I probably angered all of you.” And if I have, please accept my sincere apologies. I just needed the financial assistance at that time.”
DeWitt was questioned about Somers’ dismissal when she sought for salary that was comparable to that of the males. She responded by saying, “They could not recognize the feminine contribution… You were up against some unrelenting competition.” Somers answered by saying, “You and I deserved to be paid equally with what the men were being paid and it is my feeling about that so it was their loss.”
In addition to this, DeWitt discussed the “different approaches” they took to their jobs and said, “we had very different needs.” I did not have a kid of my own whom I was responsible for providing for on my own. I didn’t have a brain for business, so it was difficult for me to relate to those who did. She went on to say that
“I really never wanted any attention, which is why, even when I became famous, I basically tried to conceal as much as possible… When the press would enter the room, John would go frantic, you would politely hold court, and I would hide, I have frequently told to my friends, “You know when the press would come into the room, you would hold court, and I would hide.”
The ladies closed their conversation on a positive note by thanking one another for reintroducing them into their life and then embracing one other tightly as they expressed their gratitude to one another.