Terri | Cindy | Chrissy | Furley | Mr. Roper | Jack | Janet | Mrs. Roper | Larry | Lana
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Character: Cindy SnowLike
her cousin Chrissy, Cindy is also known for her naiveté. This UCLA
student who always seems to make grand entrances or crashes for that
matter. Known for her clumsiness, Cindy had a tendency to break
things, but she is well liked around the apartment, her enthusiasm
and kid sister nature makes her a wonderful
Raised a true California girl, Jenilee Harrison grew up in Glendale.
Active in the world of entertainment at an early age, Jenilee won the title of "Miss
Young America", modeled on the cover of the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box, and further
sharpened her resume in real estate school at the age of 17.
Before Three’s Company, Harrison gained the most
notoriety as a professional cheerleader for the L.A. Rams. She cheered for the NFL
football team from 1978-80.
Like her character Cindy, who left apartment 201 to attend UCLA,
academic pursuits were extremely important to Jenilee. Jenilee Harrison attended The
University of Southern California where she graduated with honors and received a BS in
Education. It was while she was attending USC that she met and took classes from USC
acting coach, Joyce Selznick. Selznick encouraged Jenilee's acting pursuits and inspired
her to try out for different roles.
She first knocked on the doors of Three’s
Company in 1980 as Chrissy's cousin, Cindy, and stayed until the following year.
Harrison later said about her character, Cindy Snow, "’ I wasn’t like that
[klutzy] at all. I was acting. Her enthusiasm, likability, vulnerability, naiveté -all
that was me."
After Three's Company, Harrison went on to star in Dallas
from 1984-1987. Her role as Jamie Ewing garnered her a Soap Opera Digest nomination for
Best New Actress in a Prime Time Series. Harrison has guest starred with notable actors
such as James Garner in the feature film Tank and with Eva Maria Saint in the
Jenilee Harrison is married to "Chiropractor to the stars"
Dr. Bruce Oppenheim and is a stepmother of two. She currently demonstrates her business
acumen in her real estate investments as well as producing, directing, and hosting of
several infomercials. Her hobbies include performing in rodeos and racing cars.
Character: Terri Alden
Is there a nurse in the
house? There is after Terri Alden moves into the apartment in the sixth season. With her
upscale image and zany personality she falls into place with the rest of the crowd. It
does seem that when Terri speaks, the wrong thing comes out at the wrong time, but that's
not to say she isn't intelligent. As an emergency nurse Terri is very serious about her
career. However, when she's at home and out of her uniform, Terri lets loose and reveals
that wise-cracking upbeat character we love.
The talented and sexy Priscilla Barnes enjoys art collecting,
writing plays, as well as acting. Born in Fort Dix, New Jersey on December 7, 1955 an Air
Force brat, she traveled around the country with her family before they eventually settled
at Edward Air Force Base in Lancaster, California. There she graduated from Antelope
Valley High School. As a teenager, Priscilla was involved with various dancing and
beauty-pageants, and won the title of "Miss Hollywood".
Tintorera: Tiger Shark was one of her first movie roles, in
which she had only one line. Less than a year later, she would go on to star with James
Bond himself, Roger Moore, in the film Sunday Lovers.
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Her television credits are numerous. After being introduced on Columbo
in 1973 she went on to appear in classic television series such as Starsky and Hutch,
Taxi, Vegas, and Murder, She Wrote. No role will equal the lovable
quirky nurse she plays in Three's Company. In 1981, she took over as the new
roommate in the hit show, Three's Company, this marked her debut as a recurring
cast member in a comedy program.
Since her success in television, she has focused her acting talents
appearing in feature films and theater. Her feature film credits include Mumford
(1999), The Killing Grounds (1997), Mallrats (1995), Licence to Kill
(1989), and The Crossing Guard (1995) starring Sean Penn. Her artistic passions
extend to writing, as she has written a play, Anger, Hate, and Rage.
If wardrobe makes the man, then
Ralph Furley is the monument to retro fashion. Mr. Furley wears with confidence leisure
suits with scarf ensembles. And like love and war, when it comes to Mr. Furley's fashion
sense nothing is off limits, from plaids and prints to tangerine orange with medallions.
Mr. Furley takes over managing the day to day duties for the apartment building when his
brother purchases the property from the Ropers. Ralph considers himself to be a ladies
man; a traditional bachelor of yesteryear looking to fit in with the new young and
swinging singles world he meets through Jack, Larry, and the gang.
The star of nineteen motion pictures, his own
television variety series and several specials, Don is known best for his comedy roles. He
has won five coveted Emmy Awards for his flawless portrayal as Barney Fife on the Andy
Don was born July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Since boyhood, his ambition was to be in show business. As a child he was a movie
aficionado as well as radio fan, concentrating on comedy shows. His idol was Jack Benny
and at the age of twelve, Don recognized and tried to imitate Benny's impeccable timing.
Edgar Bergen was another radio idol that inspired him to
learn ventriloquism. After graduating from high school, Don enrolled as a speech major at
West Virginia University, intending to become a teacher. His teaching pursuits were
postponed when the army called. He spent the next couple of years touring the South
Pacific doing comedy routines in "Stars and Gripes".
After the army, Don finished school before heading to New
York appearing on various radio and television programs. It was in Manhattan that he first
met Andy Griffith in the Broadway play, No Time for Sergeants. During the run of
the theatrical hit, Don began creating his own comedy material, thus was born the nervous
little man, based on an after dinner speaker he once observed back home in Morgantown.
Next he went on to do the Garry Moore and Steve
Allen Shows. In 1959, Don elected to move to Hollywood following the Steve
Allen Show. He later joined Andy Griffith in what was to become the legendary series
making Don Knotts a household name, and winning him five Emmys.
He starred in classic comedy movies such as The
Incredible Mr. Limpet, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad
World, The Apple Dumpling Gang and The Shakiest Gun in the West. He was
lured back to television as a regular on Three's Company, where he played Ralph
Furley. He also has had guest appearances on other television shows including NBC's hit Matlock,
reuniting him again with Andy Griffith.
Don continues to perform in all phases of entertainment
from films, television, theater and commercials. He claims he has the best of all
entertainment worlds without limiting himself to any one facet of the entertainment
Character: Janet Wood
This spunky florist is known for
her sharp wit and wisdom. Her continuous friendship with Jack provides a needed sense of
balance as they share the fun and mishaps in apartment 201. While Chrissy
preferred to sleep in her babydoll nightgowns and Terri slept in a tiny satin nightie,
Janet could always be found in the long-sleeve oversized football jersey, which seemed to
match her comfortable, easygoing demeanor. Janet is someone the roommates could depend on, an endearing friend and
life as Janet Wood, Joyce DeWitt has starred in numerous theatrical productions including
the American rock musical, Leader of the Pack, the Australian comedy, Daylight
Saving, the British farce Noises Off, the revival of Cole Porter's Anything
Goes, and the Broadway musical Olympus on My Mind. For the latter, she
participated in the cast recording and made her first record album.
She further demonstrated her singing and dancing talents in various specials including The
Perry Como Christmas Special, The Steve Martin Special, The Cheryl Ladd
Special, and with her former co-star-- John Ritter, Being of Sound Mind and Body.
DeWitt has also made guest appearances in television programs: Living Single, Cybill,
and The Love Boat. She starred in the television movies With This Ring
and Spring Fling. DeWitt developed her acting talents by studying theatre in
undergraduate and graduate school. She received a Bachelor's Degree from Ball State
University and a Master of Fine Arts Fellowship from UCLA.
Another of her passions is her devotion to fighting against
worldwide hunger and homelessness. She works with Valerie Harper and Dennis Weaver in the
organization, Life-Love is Feeding Everyone. She co-hosted the World Food Day Gala with
actor Jeff Bridges. She also participated with Senator Robert Dole and Representative
Patricia Shroeder at the Capitol Hill Forum in hunger and homelessness.
Character: Mr. RoperStanley Roper, landlord and
husband is the average married middle aged American man whose vulnerability sometimes
causes him to act like a stubborn fool. Misunderstood, Mr. Roper covers his insecurity to
avoid dealing with new issues that confront him. Dressed in conservative and constrained
costumes Mr. Roper rebuts the persistent advances of his wife, Helen. He loves Helen. . .
if only she didn't have to live with him.
Versatile performer Norman Fell built a resume that
includes television credits for more than 150 live plays from New York and some 200
television programs filmed in Hollywood. Fell received acclaimed reviews for his work in Roots:
The Next Generation. His numerous accolades include an Emmy nomination for is role in Rich
Man, Poor Man and won the Golden Globe for "Best Supporting Actor in a
Comedy" for his comedic talents portraying Stanley Roper in Three's Company.
Fell was born March 24, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He spent three years as an air force gunner in the Pacific. After the war, he returned
home to attend Temple University and receive his B.A in 1950.
Norman traveled back and forth between Philadelphia and New
York making the rounds seeking roles. He began summer stock and television in Studio
One, Goodyear Playhouse and Philco Television Playhouse. On Broadway, he
starred in Uncle Willie and Middle of the Night.
In 1958 he moved to California to pursue a career in film.
His motion picture credits include The Graduate, Ocean's Eleven, PT 109,
Catch-22, Bullit, It's a Mad Mad Mad World and The End. He appeared in nearly
forty films. His television career is just as acclaimed highlighted by his own show The
Ropers in 1979 in which he plays Stanley Roper.
As a life time member of the Actors’ Studio in New
York, Norman died in December of 1998 at the age of seventy-four.
Character: Jack Tripper
Jack, the man of the house, is a
kid at heart. A handsome, yet lovable ladies-man, Jack enjoys living with two girls but
never takes himself too seriously. The fall guy for the apartment's landlords, Jack
pretends to have no interest in dating women so he can live in a place he can afford.
Money is tight as he studies to be a chef, but Jack doesn't mind working overtime in order
to cook up romantic adventures with his latest love interests. Jack is the leading
straight guy who wants everyone to be happy and keeps everyone laughing.
A native of Los Angeles, John Ritter is the youngest son of
Western film star and country music legend, Tex Ritter. John graduated from Hollywood High
School, where he was Student Body President. John received a BFA degree in Drama from the
University of Southern California.
Graduating from USC John went directly into
theatrical summer stock productions, during this period he made his television debut in an
episode of Dan August. This first experience lead to appearances in dozens of
television series such as Hawaii Five-O, MASH, Starsky and Hutch, The Streets of San
Francisco, Phyllis, Rhoda and a recurring role as the Reverend Fordwick in The
Waltons. More recently he has appeared in Wings, Newsradio, Touch By An Angel, and
John came to national prominence in 1977 as the star of the
television hit comedy series Three's Company. His role as Jack Tripper garnered an
Emmy, Golden Globe and a People's Choice award. He returned to the weekly format with Hooperman
(1987-89), receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and winning a People's Choice
Award. His next television comedy series, Hearts Afire, ran from 1992 through 1995.
Starring in more than twenty television movies, including Unnatural
Causes for which he received an Emmy nomination for Best Actor, Stephen King's It,
The Dreamer of OZ, The Only Way Out, Unforgivable, and A Child's Wish. In
1999, he starred in two CBS television movies, Holy Joe and Lethal Vows.
John's motion picture credits include Peter Bogdanovich's They
All Laughed and Noises Off, Problem Child, Stay Tuned, Blake Edwards' Skin
Deep, and the highly acclaimed Sling Blade.
His stage work includes Love Letters, The Unvarnished
Truth, The Glass Menagerie, Butterflies Are Free and As You Like It. He has
recently completed the Los Angeles run of Neil Simon's play, The Dinner Party.
In 1983, John Ritter was honored with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is placed along side his father's.
in 2003, John fell ill with an aorta dissection. He underwent surgery and
died on September 11, 2003, just days shy of his 55th birthday. He
is survived by his wife Amy, ex-wife Nancy, and his four children
Jason, Carly, Tyler, and Stella.
Character: Larry Dallas
The swinging bachelor who helped
put that extra swing in the seventies, Larry personifies every guy who can't stop loving
the ladies. Larry plays Jack's partner in crime at the apartment and at their stomping
grounds, The Regal Beagle. He makes his living as a used car salesman and can be found
lounging around in his bachelor pad in his infamous silk zebra pajamas.
A native of Manhattan, Richard Kline frequently
revisits his hometown, and in 1997 he acted in the Off-Broadway play Boychik. He
has appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical revival By Jeeves where he
performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Kline does not limit his talents to acting; he made his
directing debut at The Melrose Theater, directing Noel Coward's Present Laughter.
His directing credits also include a revival of Neil Simon's Rumors in Los
On the silver screen, he was a lead actor in the 1999 film Liberty
Heights directed by Barry Levinson. He can be seen in such films as Nothing But
The Truth and Beverly Hills Ninja. Kline studied drama at Queens College and
went on to receive a MFA in Theatre from Northwestern University. He served three years in
the military stationed in Hue, Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. He presently
serves on the board of the National Veterans Foundation. America's favorite swinging
bachelor now lives in LA with his wife, Sandra and daughter Colby.
Character: Chrissy SnowNamed Christmas by her
evangelical father, Chrissy is also known for her sweet demeanor and snorting laugh. This
ditzy blonde is always lovable with her heart of gold and naiveté. Chrissy, with her
trademark ponytails, can be a smarter cookie than she lets others believe. She works as a
secretary and sometimes matches Jack with her own source of inexplicable logic.
One of America's most popular personalities, Suzanne Somers has
achieved extraordinary success in a variety of creative arenas. Since her days as Chrissy
Snow on Three's Company, Somers has gained renown as a New York Times
best-selling author, singer, entrepreneur, and lecturer on the effects of addictions on
families. She co-starred with Patrick Duffy from 1991-1998 in Step by Step and as
the title character in She's the Sheriff from 1987-89. More recently she is a
co-host of CBS's Candid Camera.
Growing up in San Bruno, California, Suzanne Somers
dreamed of a career in show business. She landed her first big break as the mysterious
blonde driving the white Thunderbird in American Graffiti. Johnny Carson helped
to jumpstart her career by asking her to appear on the Tonight Show and read excerpts of
her book, Touch Me. Johnny introduced her by saying, "'You've all been
wondering who the beautiful blonde in the T-Bird was and now we've found her."' She
appeared on the show more than 150 times during Carson's reign.
She is known around the world for her role as the ditzy yet
loveable Chrissy Snow. Departing Three's Company after five seasons and a
People's Choice Award for "Favorite Actress in a New Television Series" in 1978,
Somers won critical acclaim starring opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1985 mini-series
Hollywood Wives. She won a second People's Choice Award for her work in Step by Step.
She has starred in adaptation of her autobiography, Keeping Secrets and
television movies, Seduced By Evil and No Laughing Matter. She has
appeared on stage at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Atlantic City, and Lake
Tahoe. In 1986, she was named "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year".
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Somers explored different avenues of self-expression and
authored seven books, two of which, Suzanne Somers' Get Skinny on Fabulous Food
and Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight appeared simultaneously on the New
York Times best seller list in the top two positions. These two titles have sold over two
million copies to date and were among the New York Times and USA Today's
top 100 books in the years they were published. She also wrote Keeping Secrets,
an autobiography about growing up as the daughter of an alcoholic and Wednesday's
Children, which discusses adult survivors of abuse. She has spoken out against this
disease to live audiences and is the founder of the Suzanne Somers Institute for the
Effects of Addiction on Families. She continues to fight in her efforts against alcoholism
and her non-profit organization provides research, education, and support to people who
have been affected by this disease.
Somers has been married to Alan Hamel for more than twenty
years. She has a son, Bruce, and is stepmother to Stephen and Leslie (Hamel's children
from another marriage).
Character: Lana Shields
A sultry recent divorceé moves
into the apartment complex. Lana, an attractive take-charge woman sets her sites on her
handsome neighbor Jack Tripper but discovers it is difficult finding time alone with Jack
as their landlord, Mr. Furley, constantly pursues her company. This mature sexy lady has a
fire burning for Jack and will not give up until she gets what she wants.
Born in Abilene, Texas and raised in Dallas, Ann received a
Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from Southern Methodist University. Earlier in her life,
she met and married actor Rip Torn; they have a daughter together.
A versatile performer, she enjoys many of the great female
roles penned by Tennessee Williams. She is naturally partial to dramatic roles, but can
hold her own in a comedy. Winning the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress in Neil
Simon's Chapter Two. Ann has been seen on the Broadway stage in plays such
as Thieves, Make a Million and The Last Analysis. Her many movie roles
include The Hunter's Moon (1999), The Whole Wide World (1996), Love
and a .45 (1994), Green Card (1990) and Steel Magnolias (1989).
It was in 1979, that she accepted the role of Lana on Three's
Company, moving into the apartment complex as Lana, the trio's sultry new neighbor
and femme fatale. Other sitcoms that she has loaned her talents to are Filthy Rich
and Evening Shade with Burt Reynolds. Her television movie credits include Burning
Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story, Cooperstown, Killjoy, and The
War Between the Tates. She has been married to Ernie Martin for many happy years and
together they had her second daughter. Jack Tripper-eat your heart out!
Character: Mrs. RoperThe "kids" could
not have asked for a kinder landlady. Helen Roper is a warm, good- hearted woman who loved
to laugh and be affectionate with her husband. If only Stanley wasn't such a stick in the
mud . . . . She is known for her kooky kaftans, bright colored jewelry and wiry, bright
Audra Lindley wore many hats in her lengthy career in show business.
She was attracted to the entertainment industry at an early age through her parents, both
of whom worked in "the business". She began work in film as a stand-in for cast
members and then went on to stunt work including tricks like horseback riding. Warner
Brothers saw her talent and signed a contract with Lindley when she was a young age. The
New York stage lured her away from Hollywood and while in Manhattan, she took time off to
bring up five children. (No wonder why Mrs. Roper had such strong maternal instincts!) But
it wasn't long until she began working as an actress again.
Throughout her career, Lindley received numerous accolades
for her work in theatre and television. She received two Golden Globe nominations, the
first in 1973 for "Best Supporting Actress, Television" for her work in Bridget
Loves Bernie and in the same category in 1979 for Three's Company. For
theatre, Lindley won a Drama-Logue award for Handy Dandy at the Pasadena
Playhouse, a New York Drama Circle nomination for Fire, the Best Actress Award for
Death of a Salesman at the Citadel in Canada, and a New York Drama Best
Actress nomination for About Time in 1990. She graced the Broadway stage with
Julie Harris in The Young and The Fair, co-starred with Art Carney in Take
Her, She's Mine and also starred in stage productions of On Golden Pond, The
Magnificent Yankee, and Love Letters.
Having an impressive resume in both film and television as
well, Lindley's various films include The Heartbreak Kid, Best Friends, The
Witching Hour, and The Relic. She starred in Another World, played
Lisa Kudrow's grandmother in Friends and Cybill Shepherd's mother in Cybill.
She passed away in 1997 from leukemia and was survived by her five children.
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