Brett Somers Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Feb 20, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 15, 2022
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About Brett Somers

Brett Somers was born Audrey Dawn Johnston on July 11, 1924, in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. 
Other wise-known as Audrey Johnston, Brett Somers was a Canadian-American personality, singer, and actress. On September 15, 2007, Brett Somers passed away in Westport, Connecticut, US, when she was 83-year-old due to stomach or colon cancer.
The TV show star was one of the panelists of 'Match Game,' a television game show that ran from 1973 to 1982. Her recurring role opposite Jack Klugman, her husband, on the ABC sitcom 'The Odd Couple' as Blanche Madison had earned her a huge name and fame in the industry.
Born in Canada, Brett Somers grew up in Portland, Maine, and shifted to New York City when she was 18-year-old to become an actress. She settled in Greenwich Village, and her name Brett became popular from her lead role name in 'The Sun Also Rises' by Ernest Hemingway. 
Somers became her last name after she adopted her mother's last name. In 1955, she started her acting career on stage. She had also performed as a Canadian theater actress. The '70s game show actress also appeared in 'A Rage To Live' in 1965 and 'Bus Riley's Back In Town.' Somers was also seen in various television shows. She also played a character in the television show 'Battlestar Galactica.' Brett Somers was famous for playing versatile roles on different TV shows. She was also the part of the radio show called 'The Howard Stern Show.' 

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Brett Somers’s net worth?

The net worth of Brett Somers at the time of her demise is expected to be around $1-$5 million.

How much did Brett Somers earn per year?

There is no data available on Brett Somers' earnings per year when she was alive.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Brett Somers?

Brett Somers was 5 ft 9 in (175 cm) tall. 

How old was Brett Somers?

As of 2007, Brett Somers passed away when she was 83-year-old.

Childhood And Education

There is no record on the internet that has information about the Somers family and her siblings. There is also no data on her educational qualification and college name. However, it is known that Brett has used her mother's maiden name as her last name.
As per her previous life records, Brett or Audrey Dawn Johnston started her career in theater and made television appearances in several dramatic TV programs, which include 'Kraft Television Theater' and 'Robert Montgomery Presents.' Somers made her Broadway debut with the play 'Maybe Tuesday,' but the show was closed after five performances. She later also performed onstage in three shows opposite Jack Klugman. 

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Brett Somers’ partner?

After when Brett Somers settled down in New York City, the famous actress married Robert Klein in 1948. Robert was a businessman by profession. However, the couple divorced after having a child, Leslie Klein, who passed away of lung cancer in 2003. 
In 1953, the 'Match Game' star married Jack Klugman and had two sons, Alam and David. However, the media reports say that in 1974, the couple separated but was legally married till she expired. 
Further, it is said that Jack Klugman waited until the death of Somers to marry his second wife. But the records from the California court stated that the couple had already gotten divorced in 1977. The 'Love Boat' star didn't have an everyday personal life because of many controversies in the media. 

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

On television, the actress had played various roles. She had appeared in 'Love,' 'The Defenders,' 'American Style,' 'Barney Miller,' 'Have Gun Will Travel,' 'CHiPs,' 'Ben Casey,' 'The Love Boat,' and ‘The Fugitive.’
In 1973, the 'Match Game' actress played the role of receptionist named Gertie of the fictional character named Perry Mason on 'a short-lived revival of the classic television series in 'The New Perry Mason.' 
The 'Match Game' celebrity was known for performing different roles. Brett Somers was seen playing the character of Aunt Rose in 1973 in the fourth episode of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.' The episode's name was 'Rhoda's Sister Gets Married.'
In the 'Match Game' TV show, first, she used to sit in the lower left panelist section. However, later she occupied the upper tier and sat next to Charles Nelson Reilly. Earlier, she wasn't considered an important member of the celebrity panel. 
But in 1973, when Jack appeared in the show, he insisted the producers bring her abroad. After that, she was a panelist for almost ten years on the show. Also, 'The Seven Year Itch' and 'Ben Casey' star Somers, who played characters opposite actors including Betty White, Charles Nelson Reilly, Fannie Flagg, and Scotty Mitchell.  
In addition to this, she also appeared in different other shows like 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' in 1962 and 'The Mike Douglas Show' in 1961.

What awards did Brett Somers won?

At 79, the famous comedian came to the limelight after winning the Backstage Prestigious Bistro Award.' 

Brett Somers’ Hobbies And Interests

Brett used to read books, surf the internet, and explore different places during her free time. 

Other Interesting Brett Somers Facts And Trivia

Susan was Somers's nickname given by Charles Nelson Reilly while shooting for the show 'Match Game'. 
During her acting career, Brett Somers used to wear different wigs and enormous eyeglasses to get different looks. 
Brett Somers played lead roles on different shows like 'Match Game,' 'Match Game PM,' O2Be,' and many more. 
Some rumors were doing the rounds where it was said that Somers was suffering from cancer. But in one of the interviews in 2002, she denied all these rumors. She had a husky voice which caused a misconception that Brett was suffering from some throat issues. 
However, later the reports were proved correct, and it was found that she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. After undergoing treatment, she passed away in 2007. 
After her death, she was cremated at Memorial Garden in the Unitarian Church based in Westport, Connecticut.
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Brett Somers Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Audrey Johnston

Date of Birth

1924-07-11

Date of Death

2007-09-15

Nationality

Canadian

Place of Birth

Miramichi

Height

175 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Game-show Personality, Actress, Singer

Net Worth

3000000
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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