Joyce DeWitt, born on April 23, 1949, is a well-known American actress and comedian. She is most famously recognized for her role as Janet Wood in the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company.” Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, she was raised in Speedway, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis.
Early Life and Education:
Joyce DeWitt attended Speedway Senior High School and later worked at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office. She was involved in speech and debate competitions during her time at the Indiana High School Forensic Association. DeWitt continued her education at Ball State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater. She further pursued her passion by obtaining a master’s degree from the University of California in 1974.
DeWitt’s journey into the entertainment world began at a young age. She started performing on stage at the age of 13 and later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State University. She enrolled in UCLA’s Department of Theater MFA program, securing the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship and the Clifton Webb Scholarship. Her television debut took place on an episode of “Baretta.” Notably, she gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of Janet Wood on “Three’s Company,” which aired from 1977 to 1984.
After “Three’s Company,” DeWitt continued to work in the entertainment industry. She appeared in various TV shows and films, including “Finder of Lost Loves” and “Spring Fling!” She even made a cameo appearance in “Living Single” and “Cybill.” In 2003, she co-produced and hosted a television film called “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three’s Company.”
Personal and Philanthropic Endeavors:
Beyond her acting career, DeWitt has been actively involved in philanthropic efforts. She attended the Capitol Hill Forum on Hunger and Homelessness and participated in presentations for the Hollywood Family Assistance Program. DeWitt co-hosted the World Food Day Gala and hosted the International Awards Ceremony for the Presidential End Hunger Awards at the White House.
Net Worth and Relationships:
Joyce DeWitt is estimated to have a net worth of $5 million, making her one of the wealthier actresses in the United States. In her personal life, DeWitt was in a relationship with actor and director Ray Buktenica from 1973 to 1980.
Joyce DeWitt’s journey from a young performer to a beloved actress on “Three’s Company” has left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry. Her dedication to acting, philanthropy, and advocacy has made her a respected figure both on and off the screen.