Come and Knock on Our Door: A Hers and Hers and His Guide to "Three's Company"

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1998 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
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The no-holds-barred complete story of the #1 hit '70s sitcom. Find out what really happened both behind and in front of the cameras.

Come and Knock on Our Door delivers all the titillation and travails of the breakthrough coed roommate farce that launched John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers to stardom in 1977. On-screen, the trio's dilemmas were always just zany misunderstandings riddled with pratfalls and double entendres and resolved with hugs and kisses. But behind the scenes, the real-life tensions of fame and controversy plus personal, financial, and creative conflicts threatened to end the love and laughter.

With interviews from over sixty actors, producers, directors, and crew members, Chris Mann uncovers the good, the bad, and the ugly that occurred on the set-- from the fun and friendships to the feuding and falling-outs. For the first time ever, John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt break their silence about the eroding relations and bitter breakup with their onetime pal and original costar, Suzanne Somers and some of the show's top execs tell their sides of the story behind her big money demands and missed work, the public outcry, and her eventual firing. Joyce DeWitt also reveals her secret struggles with the show's producers and explains why she turned her back on Hollywood when John Ritter spun off alone in Three's a Crowd-- and what she's been doing ever since. Jenilee Harrison tells what it was like to replace Suzanne Somers during the contract dispute. Norman Fell, Don Knotts, Richard Kline, and Ann Wedgeworth disclose the ups and downs of TV's looniest landlords and tenants. And the late Audra Lindley, in her final interview, describes what she looks for in a muu-muu. So Come and Knock on Our Door, We've Been Waiting for You.

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Come and knock on our door
We've been waiting for you
Where the kisses are hers and hers and his
Three's Company, too
Come and dance on our floor
Take a step that is new
We've a lovable space that needs your face
Three's Company, too
You'll see that life is a ball again
Laghter is calling for you
Down at our Rondesvouze
Three's Company, too
Three's Company. Yes. It was the hit of the seventies and eighties. The newer version of Three's Company features actors:
John Ritter
Suzanne Sommers
Joyce DeWitt
Don Knotts
Richard Kline
Ann Wedgeworth
John Ritter: The beloved and star Jack Tripper. John is the best chef in the world compaired to Suzanne and Joyce.
Suzanne Sommers: The dim-witted Christmas Snow. Suzanne is a real unwanted twit sometimes (when acting) to John and Joyce. She even annoys Don, Richard, and evem Ann
Joyce DeWitt: The lovely Janet Wood. This girl is Suzanne's brains in Three's Company.
Don Knotts: The bathelor at hand landlord, Ralph Furley. Don's worst enemy buys the apartment building, but luckily he gets the job.
Richard Kline: Actor of Larry. Richard's job is to find girls that he can love for more than one day. That and making sure John is ready to punch him.
Ann Wedgeworth: The wierd Lana. Ann is so in love with John (in the show) she can't seem to help herself. Ralph wants Ann to love him, but he never has any success
BEFORE DON KNOTTS:
Norman Fell
Auda Lidney
Norman Fell: Norman plays the BORING Stanley Roper. Norman has no heart for anybody (in the show) and keeps on making fun of John's (in the show) gayness.
Auda Lidney: This woman gets the role of the sex desiring woman who will want Stanley to go to bed of then... in hopes!
Come and knock on their door
They've been waiting for you
Where the kisses are...
Three's Company was videotaped in front of a studio audience
Three's Compnay, Too
 

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Growing up in Oklahoma in the '70s and '80s, Chris Mann learned about peace, love, and misunderstanding by watching Three's Company. An art director and writer living in Los Angeles, he now sees life as one big double entendre.

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