‘Three’s Company’: The Smithsonian Asked Actor for Risque Piece of Clothing from Show

by Keeli Parkey

The Smithsonian is known for its wide collection of items significant to the history of the United States of America and its culture. This includes items from famous television shows. According to one cast member of “Three’s Company,” the institution reached out to her and asked for – let’s say – a risque item of clothing.

That cast member is Suzanne Somers. She played Chrissy Snow on the beloved sitcom from 1977 until 1981, according to IMDb.com. The show was on the air from 1976 until 1984. It also starred the late John Ritter and Jack Tripper and Joyce Dewitt as Janet Wood.

The now 74-year-old actress talked about the Smithsonian’s request during a 2012 episode of her show, “Suzanne Somers Breaking Through.” Joining her in the conversation about “Three’s Company” was Tom Hill. He was the vice president and creative director of TV Land at the time of the 2012 interview.

During their conversation, Somers confessed that she did not collect any items from the show’s set to take with her when her time on the series came to an end.

“I often wonder when I left the show why didn’t I take one thing from that set,” she explained. “It never entered my mind.”

“However, Suzanne Somers did not walk away from her time on “Three’s Company” completely empty-handed.

“What I do have is the nightie that I wore on the cover of Newsweek,” the actress said. “It was the three of us on the cover of Newsweek.”

Suzanne Somers Said Request by the Smithsonian Was Evidence of the Impact of ‘Three’s Company’

Years later, according to Somers, she was contacted by the Smithsonian. Apparently, officials at the museum want to add that nightie to the collection of television memorabilia.

“And, the Smithsonian has just asked if they could put that into Smithsonian. So that actually gives another layer of what has happened. …” Somers also said. “When they called I thought, ‘That’s kind of cool, you know. It means it really did make an impact.'”

She also thanked Hill and the TV Land network for continuing to bring classic television shows such as “Three’s Company” to television audiences.

“(We are) happy to be curating it,” Hill said. “If not the Smithsonian, we’re the next best thing. “

You can watch Suzanne Somers and Tom Hill talk about “Three’s Company” and the request from The Smithsonian below. Her comments on the institution’s wardrobe request begin around the 3:50-mark of the video.

Somers also talked about her “Three’s Company” costar John Ritter. She described him as “one of the greatest physical comics of our time.”