Review by Naomi Szeben, Book Critic and Writer
There’s very little debate that Suzanne Somers’ showbiz career didn’t flourish in bit parts in American Graffiti or TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man. No, her star power came to its apex when she inhabited the role of America’s favourite dumb blonde, Chrissy Snow, in early seasons of the hit comedy Three’s Company, alongside Joyce DeWitt the late John Ritter.
However, Somers’ business acumen and prolific writing put her far from her dumb onscreen sterotype. Her latest memoir, Two’s Company, includes multiple insights into her fifty-year romance with her husband, Alan Hamel.
The book’s format includes a paragraph or two by husband Hamel at the end of every chapter, as he chimes in with his perspective on their long-standing relationship. The pleasant “He Said/She Said” format adds a certain charm and style to this latest biography by the Step By Step veteran; offering neither a self-help book nor a tabloid tell-all, Somers nevertheless sincerely conveys the passion she and her husband feel for each other, even to this day.
There is no particular formula nor any special set of steps that Somers suggests for her readers looking to rekindle or ignite their relationship. Instead, she merely frames her experience in show business with her manager and husband of forty years.
Somers’ biography of her life doesn’t repeat much of what was in her earlier biography Keeping Secrets or any of her many, best-selling self-help books and various cookbooks. Two’s Company describes in an honest and sobering way the many troubles Somers has had throughout the years, from her abrupt firing from Three’s Company to her cancer diagnosis. Somers doesn’t offer marital advice so much as she instead uses this platform to show what she has learned, sharing her valuable insights into a long-lived marriage.
While informative and filled with positive vibes, the book isn’t exactly a page turner and won’t please everyone, but might still be worth checking out.