Joyce DeWitt

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Joyce DeWitt
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DeWitt at the New York Comic Con
October 10, 2010
Born Joyce Anne DeWitt
(1949-04-23) April 23, 1949 (age 64)[1]
Wheeling, West Virginia
United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Joycey
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–present
Website
JoyceDeWitt.com

Joyce Anne DeWitt (born April 23, 1949) is an American actress most famous for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three's Company.

Early life

Joyce DeWitt was born April 23, 1949 in Wheeling, West Virginia, and grew up in Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.[1] She is of Italian descent[2] on her mother's side.[3] She competed in speech and debate through the Indiana High School Forensic Association. After she received a bachelor's degree in theater from Ball State University, she moved to California to earn her master's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).[1]

Career

DeWitt with John Ritter (center) and Suzanne Somers in the promotional photo of the series premiere of Three's Company, 1977.

DeWitt began appearing on stage at the age of 13.[4] While attending university, she worked as a secretary until her debut on Baretta.[1] Contrary to reports, she has never painted actor Abe Vigoda's garage doors, and has never met the man.[5] While performing in summer stock in the year following her graduation, a director and UCLA Theater professor convinced her to go to California for the school's MFA program.[4]

DeWitt is best known for her role as Janet Wood during the 1977–1984 run of the sitcom Three's Company, a job she obtained after being cast in the show's second pilot.[4]

After Three's Company ended in 1984, DeWitt appeared in an episode of Finder of Lost Loves in 1984, after which she quit acting for several years. She resumed acting with a part in a production of Noises Off at Michigan's Cherry County Playhouse in June 1991.[1] She later appeared in the 1995 TV comedy film Spring Fling! She was used as a character, though did not have her voice appear, in "The Pinky Protocol", a 1997 episode of Pinky and the Brain. She made an appearance in an episode of Cybill, and had a cameo on the penultimate episode of Living Single.[4] Her 2000s works includes TV shows such as Hope Island, 18, The Nick at Nite Holiday Special, and Call of the Wild.

DeWitt would go on to co-produce and host the 2003 NBC-TV television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company, with actress Melanie Paxson portraying her during her time on Three's Company. In late 2008, she also earned a part in an independent film called Failing Better Now.

As of 2011, DeWitt was starring in the play Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage on in New York.[4][6]

DeWitt appeared on Suzanne Somers' talk show, Suzanne Somers: Breaking Through, during which she and Somers reminisced about their time on Three's Company together, Somers apologized for the conflict that arose between them, and they exchanged anecdotes about the last time they each spoke to John Ritter.[3]

Charity work

DeWitt participated with members of the House and Senate at the Capitol Hill Forum on Hunger and Homelessness, and has hosted presentations for the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood. She hosted the International Awards Ceremony at the White House for the Presidential End Hunger Awards, and co-hosted, with Jeff Bridges, the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center.[4]

Legal issues

On July 4, 2009, DeWitt was arrested in El Segundo, California, and cited for drunken driving. According to press reports, police pulled her over after she drove past a barricade near a park. An officer arrested the actress after he observed signs she had been drinking and administered a field sobriety test. She was booked at the police station, cited, and released on her own recognizance.[7] On May 27, 2010, she pleaded no contest to one count misdemeanor and was placed on three years' probation and ordered to undergo a nine-month alcohol program. She was also ordered to pay a $510 fine, plus penalty assessments. In exchange for her plea, a second misdemeanor count was dismissed.[8]

Filmography

Film

Television

  • Baretta (1975) - Jill
  • Most Wanted (1976)
  • Three's Company (1977–1984) - Janet Wood/Dawson
  • With This Ring (1978) - Jilly Weston
  • Supertrain (1979) - Natalie Smithburne
  • The Ropers (1979) - Janet Wood
  • The Love Boat (1979) - Jackie Landers
  • The B.B. Beegle Show (1980) - Herself
  • Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980) - Love God's Date
  • Finder of Lost Loves (1984) - Lynn Powell
  • The Berenstain Bears (1985–1987) - voices
  • Spring Fling! (1995) - Linda Hayden
  • Living Single (1998) - Herself
  • Hope Island (2000) - Laetitia Barton, Laverne Cranston
  • The Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003) - Miss DeWitt, The Housekeeper
  • The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards (2005) - Susan Mayer

As producer

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Bettelou Peterson (1991-07-21). "Joyce DeWitt has quit acting". The Times/Beaver Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  2. ^ Heyman, Marshall (June 2, 2011). "Sitcom Star Takes the Stage". The Wall Street Journal.
  3. ^ a b "Three's Company Reunion with Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt". YouTube. February 2, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Seven Questions with Joyce DeWitt of Three's Company; The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations". Sitcoms Online. July 14, 2011
  5. ^ Chris Anderson (2009-07-12). "Opportunity knocks for Dewitt". The Star. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  6. ^ Cast & Creative. MissAbigailGuide.com. accessed July 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Joyce DeWitt cited for drunken driving", MSNBC, July 6, 2009.
  8. ^ "Actress Joyce DeWitt Sentenced to Probation in DUI Case", NBC, May 27, 2010

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