Joyce DeWitt rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s as Janet Wood on the hit sitcom “Three’s Company.” She played the smart and independent roommate of Chrissy and later, Cindy. The show was a massive success and catapulted DeWitt to stardom. However, after the show ended, DeWitt’s career took a downturn, and she largely disappeared from the public eye.
DeWitt was born on April 23, 1949, in Wheeling, West Virginia. She moved to California in the early 1970s to pursue a career in acting. After a few small roles on television, she landed the role of Janet on “Three’s Company” in 1976.
The show was a massive hit and made stars out of its three leads: DeWitt, John Ritter, and Suzanne Somers. The show ran for eight seasons and ended in 1984. After the show ended, DeWitt struggled to find work. She continued to act in television movies and guest-starred on various shows, but she never achieved the same level of success as she did on “Three’s Company.”
In the 1990s, DeWitt largely disappeared from the public eye. She made occasional appearances on television shows, but she did not pursue acting full-time. In an interview in 2012, DeWitt spoke about her time on “Three’s Company” and how it had affected her career.
DeWitt said that she had been typecast after “Three’s Company” and that it had been challenging to find work that was not similar to her role as Janet. She also spoke about the pressure of being a television star and how it had affected her mental health.
In recent years, DeWitt has made more frequent public appearances. She has attended “Three’s Company” reunions and has done interviews about her time on the show. While she may not have achieved the same level of success as she did on “Three’s Company,” DeWitt remains an important figure in the history of television sitcoms.
However, Dewitt has not completely faded from the spotlight. She has made appearances on several TV shows and movies over the years, including “Call of the Wild” and “My Boyfriends’ Dogs.” Additionally, she has remained active in theater, performing in various productions across the country.
Despite her ups and downs, Dewitt remains a beloved figure to fans of “Three’s Company.” Her portrayal of Janet Wood has become an iconic character in television history, and her comedic timing and acting skills are still celebrated today. While her time on the show may have ended, her legacy as a talented actress and beloved TV personality lives on.