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.Somers appeared in two Playboy cover-feature nude pictorials, in 19.The first set of photos was taken by Stan Malinowski in February 1970 when Somers was a struggling model and actress and did a test photoshoot for the magazine.The second nude pictorial by Richard Fegley appeared in December 1984 in an attempt by Somers to regain her popularity after being terminated from Three's Company in 1981.During the 1980s, Somers became a Las Vegas entertainer.Later on, she was the spokeswoman for the Thighmaster in a series of infomercials airing in the early 1990s.The Thighmaster was a piece of exercise equipment that is squeezed between one's thighs.
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.During this period of her career, she also performed for US servicemen overseas.At the height of her exposure as official spokesperson for Thighmaster infomercials, Somers made her first return to a series, although not on network television.Before the feud with Three's Company producers and ABC ended, rival network CBS knew that Somers was ultimately going to be available.They signed her to a contract and a development deal for her own sitcom, to be called The Suzanne Somers Show, in which she was to play an "over-the-top" airline stewardess.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.and was accepted at San Francisco College for Women, a college run by the Catholic Society of the Sacred Heart order. She became a prize model on Anniversary Game (1969–70), where she met host Alan Hamel.In 1965, she married Bruce Somers, and they had a son, Bruce, Jr. They married in 1977; he had a son and daughter from a prior marriage.