With a long list of starring roles in musicals and plays, you probably remember Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood in the hit ABC series “Three’s Company.” Her theatrical credits include roles in “Oklahoma,” “The Crucible,” “The Mikado,” “Li’l Abner,” Peter Pan, Dracula: An Original Rock Music, The Vagina Monologues and Gypsy. An educated woman, DeWitt holds both Arts and Fine Arts degrees, and clearly is more than just a pretty face. One of her most admirable traits, however, is her compassion.
DeWitt is a passionate activist and philanthropist, dedicated to ending hunger and homelessness, as well as supporting a number of environmental issues, recently co-hosting the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center with Jeff Bridges. Adamant on spreading awareness for homelessness in America, DeWitt has just completed narrating a documentary set to be released this year, titled “Street Signs: Homeless But Not Hopeless.”
Scouted by one of Walt Disney’s producers, it was suggested Hayley Mills be given the lead in "Pollyanna," which turned out to be the singular move to catapult her to stardom; she received a special Academy Award! Whilst she was a favorite in Disney films, it wasn’t until she played Susan and Sharon from the O.G. film "The Parent Trap."
Now any 90s kids reading this, we’re not talking about the Lindsay Lohan version; we’re talking about the actress who inspired Lohan! After her success as a child actor, Hayley Mills moved into theatre work, transitioning nicely from being remembered as Pollyanna and Susan/Sharon into more mature roles. Now, Mills has two children and recently starred in Isobel Mahon’s Party Face theatre production.
Best known for her role in All in the Family as Gloria Stivic, Sally Struthers has had a long time in the sun but isn’t ready to give it all up just yet! Her role as Gloria kickstarted her career, earning her two Emmy awards. It was also a role that was rather liberal for the time, crushing stereotypes and inequality. Struthers is famous for her role particularly due to the controversial subject matter which was brought to the attention of millions of Americans.
She is probably also familiar to you from her role as Babette on "Gilmore Girls!" Struthers has also made her presence known in theatre, starring in the production of "Annie," as well as "Hello Dolly!" A multi-faceted entertainer, Struthers is also passionate about activism, working with charities such as ChildFund, and appearing in many commercials!
Immortalized by her role as Lois Lane in the "Superman" film series opposite the iconic Christopher Reeve, is Margot Kidder. A Canadian-American actress and activist, Kidder’s career spanned over five decades. Over the course of her long career, Kidder accumulated three Canadian Screen Awards and a Daytime Emmy Award. Despite prolifically acting throughout the 70s, her career slowed by the time the 90s came around.
In 1996, Kidder made headlines with a nervous breakdown, which was perhaps the first insight into the star’s mental health issues. Known for her outspoken political tendencies, Kidder was a fierce environmental and anti-war activist and is remembered for her tenacity, inspiring a new generation of political voices. Sadly, however, in 2018, Kidder let her demons win, passing away at the age of 69. Rest easy, Margot.
Priscilla Barnes joined the cast of "Three’s Company" to replace Suzanne’s character around 1981, in the sixth season of the series.
Her role on the show created somewhat of a snowball effect, going on to star in "A Vacation in Hell," "Licence to Kill," "Mallrats," "Thr3e," "The Devil’s Rejects" and the TV series "Jane the Virgin." The seasoned actress has been married to actor Ted Monte for 15 years and has appeared in the occasional TV film in recent years.