Over 40 and Can't Lose Weight?
MORE ABOUT SUZANNE
Suzanne Somers is one of America's most popular and beloved personalities. In a multifaceted career that has spanned nearly three decades, she has achieved extraordinary success as an actress, singer, comedienne, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and lecturer.
Suzanne has authored 20 books — ten of which are New York Times bestsellers — including KNOCKOUT: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer — And How to Prevent Getting it in the First Place (Crown; 2009); The Sexy Years (Crown), which focuses on the positives of aging and understanding natural bioidentical hormone replacement; Ageless, an empowering book on anti-aging medicine and maintaining an optimal quality of life; and BREAKTHROUGH: Eight Steps to Wellness (Crown; 2008). In her most recent book, Sexy Forever (Crown, 2010) Suzanne covers how to shed toxins and balance your hormones to fight fat after 40.
Suzanne has also created a highly successful and extensive branded product line, including food, cook’s tools, beauty, fashion, jewelry, and fitness products. She launched her multi-level marketing company, SUZANNE, in October 2006 and introduced her Somersize food, beauty items, apparel, and personal fitness products to consumers on Home Shopping Network in 2000, quickly becoming one of HSN’s top-selling brands. Suzanne then moved to ShopNBC, where she launched a successful line of vitamins and supplements. She is also the owner of ThighMaster personal fitness products; FaceMaster, a facial toning system; and the Suzanne Somers EZ GYM.
A knowledgeable and dedicated health care advocate, Suzanne received the Humanitarian Award from the National Council on Alcoholism, and the Distinguished Achievement in Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has served two terms as National Honorary Chairperson of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and was named to the American Psychiatric Foundation’s board of directors. A sought-after commencement speaker and lecturer on the topic of addiction, recovery, and motivation, Suzanne is also the founder of the Suzanne Somers Institute for the Effects of Addiction on Families.
Suzanne’s long and accomplished acting career began with her role in George Lucas’ 1973 cult classic, American Graffiti, and includes her portrayal of the ditzy-yet-lovable Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company. She hosted a daytime talk show, The Suzanne Somers Show, from 1998 to 2000 and has received two People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Actress in a New Television Series as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Suzanne was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Books for a Better Life and received the Rick Weiss Humanitarian Award for her ongoing fundraising efforts on behalf of AIDS-related projects. Suzanne’s other honors include the 1997 KNX Woman of the Year award, the first R. Brinkley Smithers Award for alcoholism research, and the 1993 “Mother of the Year” award given by The National Mother’s Day Committee in New York City.
Suzanne and her husband Alan Hamel, whom she first met in 1968, are something of an anomaly in Hollywood, having enjoyed an enduring relationship for 41 years. Together, they have two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. They live in Los Angeles, where they oversee a manufacturing and global marketing company.