Joyce Anne DeWitt
April 23, 1949
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
|Education||Ball State University (BA)|
University of California, Los Angeles (MFA)
|Years active||1962–1984; 1991–present|
Joyce DeWitt was born April 23, 1949, in Wheeling, West Virginia, and grew up in Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. She graduated from Speedway Senior High School, and once worked at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office. She is of Italian descent. 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 and graduated in 1974.
DeWitt began appearing on stage at the age of 13. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University. Subsequently, while she was performing in summer stock, the director convinced her to enroll in UCLA's Department of Theater MFA program, where she was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship as well as the Clifton Webb Scholarship. While attending UCLA, she worked as a secretary until her television debut on an episode of Baretta. Contrary to rumors that she was mentored by actor Abe Vigoda, Dewitt has said that the two never met.
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. She also played Janet in a 1979 episode of the spinoff series The Ropers.
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. She later appeared in the 1995 TV comedy film Spring Fling! A character based on her, voiced by another actress, appeared in 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. Her 2000s works includes TV shows such as Hope Island, The Nick at Nite Holiday Special and Call of the Wild.
DeWitt co-produced and hosted the 2003 NBC-TV television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company. In the film DeWitt is portrayed by Melanie Paxson.
In June 2011, DeWitt was succeeded Eve Plumb in the title role of the play Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre in New York City's Times Square. That same year, she appeared in a Canadian stage production of Dinner with Friends at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Canada.
In 2012, 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 their late co-star John Ritter. DeWitt's appearance on Somers' program marked the first time the two actresses had seen or spoken to each other since having a major falling out 31 years earlier, involving a salary dispute.
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.
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. 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.
|1975||Baretta||Mother Earth||Episode: "Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"|
|1976||Most Wanted||Cindy||TV movie|
|1977–1984||Three's Company||Janet Wood||Main cast (170 episodes)|
|1978||With This Ring||Jilly Weston||TV movie|
|1979||Supertrain||Natalie Smithburne||Episode: "Pirouette"|
|1979||The Ropers||Janet Wood||Episode: "The Party"|
|1979||The Love Boat||Jackie Landers||Episode: "The Audit Couple/The Scoop/My Boyfriend's Back"|
|1980||The B.B. Beegle Show||Herself (guest star)||TV pilot episode|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Lynn Powell||Episode: "Portraits"|
|1995||Spring Fling!||Linda Hayden||TV movie|
|1995||Cybill||Psychic Pals Host||Episode: "The Odd Couples"|
|1998||Living Single||Herself (guest star)||Episode: "To Catch A Thief"|
|1998||Twitch City||Herself (guest star)||Episode: "I Look Like Joyce DeWitt"|
|2000||Hope Island||Laetitia Barton||Episode: "A Rising Tide Takes All Boats"|
|2003||The Nick at Nite Holiday Special||Miss DeWitt, The Housekeeper||TV special|
|2009||Call of the Wild||Jolene||Feature film|
|2010||Failing Better Now||Irene||Feature film|
|2011||The Great Fight||Randi Toney||Feature film|
|2014||Snapshot||First Lady||Feature film|
|2014||My Boyfriends' Dogs||Nikki||TV movie|
|2015||Rock Story||Judge Carol Anne Connelly||Feature film|
|2018||The Savant||Detective Randi Toney||Feature film|
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- Fadal, Tamsen (March 9, 2017). "Three's Company 40th Anniversary Cast Reunion for Antenna TV". Antenna TV. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved May 23, 2022 – via YouTube. DeWeitt states that she is Italian at the 48:08 mark.
- "Notable Alumni Actors". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Seven Questions with Joyce DeWitt of Three's Company; The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations". Sitcomes Online. July 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
- Rosky, Nicole (May 31, 2011). "Photo Flash: Joyce DeWitt Joins MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE". Broadway World. Archived from the original on December 25, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
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- "Cast & Creative". Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage!. August 7, 2011. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2022.
- "Three's Company Reunion with Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt". Suzanne Somers Breaking Through, CafeMom Studios. February 2, 2012. Archived from the original on May 23, 2022. Retrieved May 23, 2022 – via YouTube.
- Marikar, Sheila (February 3, 2012). "Suzanne Somers, Joyce Dewitt Lay 'Three's Company' Feud to Rest". ABC News. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
- Antonucci, Alexandra (July 6, 2018). "Television sitcom star Joyce DeWitt to star in "Nunsense" at Hunterdon Hills Playhouse". My Central Jersey.
- Armstrong, Lois (August 4, 1980). "Success and Self-Doubt Had Joyce Dewitt Licked—Until She Shed Her Man and Found Herself". People. Retrieved June 25, 2021.
- "Joyce DeWitt cited for drunken driving". Associated Press. July 7, 2009. Retrieved May 23, 2022 – via Today.
- "Actress Joyce DeWitt Sentenced to Probation in DUI Case". KNBC Los Angeles. May 27, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
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