As Fate would have it, not every motion picture or television star lands a job in a SciFi show. Not every male or female is destined to captain a starship, suit up in spandex, or face the Apocalypse and come out ahead. While that would be grand, indeed -- just think of how many shows we'd have to choose from -- life just doesn't transpire that way ... and, as I've said, we have to find ways to celebrate those little moments when a celebrity only dabbles in the realms of the Fantastic ... such is the case today with a memorial post for the great and funny Suzanne Somers.
This lovely lady is an actress who made millions laugh with her work aboard the sexy sitcom Three's Company back in the days of my youth. In the role of Chrissy Snow, she kinda/sorta personified the whole 'dumb blonde' for a generation; though her character always had a heart of gold, she couldn't be counted on for something like defusing a nuclear warhead if her life depended on it. (But if her body depended on it? Well, that might be a different story!) She had pretty impeccable comic chops, and she had a body like few are gifted. As a pin-up, I believe she appeared in the pages of Playboy Magazine twice, so there's something to be said for natural beauty for those who like Googling.
In 1977, she guested aboard an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man, one of the biggest SciFi juggernauts of that TV generation; and that's chiefly how I get the opportunity to give her a proper nod in these pages.
Alas, word reached my desk only yesterday that the lady inevitably succumbed to a long, long, long battle with cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the family, friends, and fans of Ms. Somers.
May she forever rest in peace.