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Joyce DeWitt as Janet Wood
|First appearance||"A Man About the House"|
|Last appearance||"Friends and Lovers"|
|Portrayed by||Joyce DeWitt|
|Aliases||"Mitzi Henderson" (when she pretended to be someone else for Jack)|
|Occupation||Florist, Aerobics instructor|
|Family||Roland Wood (father)
Ruth Wood (mother)
Jenny Wood (sister)
Fictional character biography
Janet and her roommate Chrissy Snow (and later roommates Cindy Snow and Terri Alden) shared an apartment in Santa Monica, California, and needed a third roommate to pay the rent after their old roommate, Eleanor, just had her baby and just got married and then decided to move out. Janet and Chrissy found Jack Tripper sleeping in their shower after Eleanor's going-away party. Upon getting to know Jack, who was at the time staying at the local YMCA while in between residences, Janet and Chrissy asked him to be their new roommate. Their old-fashioned and curmudgeonly landlord, Stanley Roper, was not fond of the idea of a young man sharing an apartment with two young attractive women. However, Janet convinced Roper that Jack was gay to alleviate the landlord's concern about the living arrangement. Jack was allowed to move in under this guise.
Janet worked in and ultimately managed the Arcade Flower Shop. She is very fond of plants, which are seen throughout her apartment.
Janet is from Speedway, Indiana. She has a sister named Jenny and a brother whose name was never mentioned. She graduated from college, but her major was never revealed. She is the daughter of Ruth and Roland Wood. In the episode "Chrissy Come Home", Janet states that her father is of Italian descent. She speaks Italian, although not fluently (episode "Loan Shark"). (Like the character, DeWitt is from Speedway, Indiana and has a father of Italian descent.)
Janet is often depicted as the intelligent, "reliable" roommate as a counterpart to the more ditzy blondes Chrissy, Cindy and Terri, with early episodes focusing on her self-consciousness over being less endowed than her female roommates, or at being perceived as less spontaneous.
In the episode leading to the series finale of Three's Company, she meets Philip Dawson at a reading of a will. In the series finale, she gets married to him in her apartment with Jack and Terri present. After Janet returns from her honeymoon, all three roommates (Terri, Jack, and Janet) leave the apartment to go their separate ways -- Terri heads to Hawaii (but with no mention of the reason) and Jack moves in with Vicky Bradford above his bistro. One of Janet, Jack and Terri's friends, Larry Dallas, moves into a hotel suite (as mentioned in Three's a Crowd, Three's Company's spin-off) and the series ends.
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