'Three's Company' star Joyce DeWitt: See her through the years

It's been more than 40 years since "Three's Company" debuted on ABC, quickly becoming one of the most-watched sitcoms of the 20th century.

Now 70 years old, Joyce DeWitt was new to the Hollywood scene when she landed one of the three main roles, starring as Janet Wood alongside John Ritter and Suzanne Somers. The popularity of the show made DeWitt and Somers' 1981 fallout all the more dramatic: Somers quit the show over a salary dispute, and the two didn't speak or see each other again for three full decades ⁠⁠— not even when Ritter unexpectedly died in 2003 at 54 years old.

In 2012, the former co-stars decided to make amends, sitting down together for a candid conversation about the debacle. Of their reconciliation, DeWitt simply said, "It's time."

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THREE'S COMPANY - Pilot - Shoot Date: March 1, 1976. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) JOYCE DEWITT
THREE'S COMPANY - Pilot - Shoot Date: March 1, 1976. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) JOYCE DEWITT
THREE'S COMPANY - "Three's Christmas" - Airdate: December 20, 1977. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)NORMAN FELL;SUZANNE SOMERS;AUDRA LINDLEY;JOYCE DEWITT;JOHN RITTER
"Battle of the Network Stars" - 11/18/78 on the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Television Network competition "Battle of the Network Stars". (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) talent: JOYCE DEWITT photographer: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images credit: Walt Disney Television via Getty Images source: American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. cap writer: JD
THREE'S COMPANY - "Chrissy and the Guru" - Airdate: October 24, 1978. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)SUZANNE SOMERS;JOHN RITTER;JOYCE DEWITT
THREE'S COMPANY - "My Sister's Keeper" - Airdate: October 17, 1978. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)JOHN RITTER;JOYCE DEWITT
THREE'S COMPANY - "Chrissy's Hospitality" - Airdate: November 13, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)JOYCE DEWITT;JOHN RITTER
THREE'S COMPANY - "The Life Saver" - Airdate: October 23, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)SUZANNE SOMERS;JOYCE DEWITT;DON KNOTTS;JOHN RITTER
THREE'S COMPANY - "The Life Saver" - Airdate: October 23, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)JOYCE DEWITT;JOHN RITTER
THREE'S COMPANY - "The Life Saver" - Airdate: October 23, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)JOYCE DEWITT;SUZANNE SOMERS
LOVE BOAT - "Audit Couple, The Scoop/My Boyfriend's Back" which aired on October 6, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images) RAY BULTENICA;JOYCE DEWITT
THREE'S COMPANY - "Old Folks At Home" - Airdate: October 30, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)JOYCE DEWITT;JOHN RITTER;SUZANNE SOMERS
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 13: Actresses Jenilee Harrison and Joyce de Witt and actor John Ritter attending the screening of "Angel Dusted" on February 13, 1981 at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Betty Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Priscilla Barnes and Joyce De Witt at the ABC Affiliates Party, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 7: Actress Terry Moore, actress Valerie Harper and actress Joyce DeWitt return from Washington, DC on October 7, 1989 at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 22: Stephen J. Cannell and Joyce DeWitt attend Fifth Annual Celebrity Fashion Show Benefiting Love is Feeding Everyone on March 22, 1990 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Joyce Dewitt (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 18: Actress Khrystyne Haje, actor Esai Morales and actress Joyce DeWitt attend the Hollenbeck Youth Center's Second Annual Inner-City Games Opening Night Ceremonies on October 18, 1992 at Alumni Park, USC in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
John Schneider and Joyce DeWitt during Nick at Nite Celebrates the Holiday Season with The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Airing on Friday, Nov. 28 at CBS Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Ted Danson and Joyce DeWitt during Nick at Nite Celebrates the Holiday Season with The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Airing on Friday, Nov. 28 at CBS Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Joyce DeWitt during Nick at Nite Celebrates the Holiday Season with The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Airing on Friday, Nov. 28 at CBS Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 09: The Hollywood Reporter and The Museum of Television and Radio Honor TV's Greatest Hits at The Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, United States on September 09, 2004 - Joyce DeWitt of 'Three's Company' attends The Hollywood Reporter and The Museum of Television and Radio's cocktail party in honor of TV's Greatest Hits. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Joyce DeWitt during Algonquin Books Launch Party For "Tab Hunter Confidential" at Elaine's in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Brian Ach/WireImage for Algonquin Books)
Joyce Dewitt during Super Comicfest Expo Featuring Three's Company Reunion at Super Comicfest Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06:Joyce DeWitt attends The Lunchbox Auction Benefiting Food Bank For NYC & The Lunchbox Fund at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York December 6,2007 (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Joyce Dewitt was in the audience as Carley Simon performed at the Cutting Room (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
HAWTHORNE, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16: Joyce DeWitt on the movie set at Shortways Restaurant on September 16, 2010 in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Joyce DeWitt attends the 25th annual Broadway Flea Market at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on September 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Joyce DeWitt attends Love Boat Cast Christening Of Regal Princess Cruise Ship at Port Everglades on November 5, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11: Joyce DeWitt attends a screening of "Tab Hunter Confidential" during the 2015 Outfest's LGBT Los Angeles Film Festival at the Director's Guild of America on July 11, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
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During their reunion, the two talked a bit about Ritter, with Somers calling him the "greatest physical comic" of the time. They also noted that, despite the rumors, there were no romantic relationships unfolding between either of them and their co-star.

After "Three's Company," DeWitt continued to appear in film and TV productions, but she's particularly thrived in the world of professional theater. In fact, just a few years ago in 2012, DeWitt co-starred in a stage production alongside none other than Tony Dow, himself a famed sitcom face from "Leave It To Beaver." 

RELATED: Tony Dow through the years

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - gallery - 1960-61, Jerry Mathers (Beaver), Tony Dow (Wally), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
circa 1958: American actor Tony Dow looks over his shoulder while sitting on a beach, Santa Monica, California. Dow wears a casual top and light-colored pants rolled up at the cuffs. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 'Misc.' 1957-1963 Tony Dow (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
circa 1955: American actors Tony Dow (L)and Jerry Mathers pose together in a promotional portrait for the television show, 'Leave It to Beaver'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Leave It To Beaver,' circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: Tony Dow (as Wally Cleaver) stars in the CBS television situation comedy 'Leave It To Beaver' episode 'Train Trip.' Image dated: February 28, 1958. Los Angeles CA. Original Broadcast date April 9, 1958. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, and Jerry Mathers star together on the situation comedy Leave It to Beaver.
Former Leave It To Beaver television series actor Tony Dow, wearing Los Angeles Dodgers uniform at stadium. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 9: Tony Dow attends ABC TV Affiliates Party on May 9, 1983 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actor Tony Dow from Leave It To Beaver in circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MARCH 17: Actor Jerry Mathers and actor Tony Dow attend the Hollywood Radio & Television Society's 27th Annual International Broadcasting Awards on March 17, 1987 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Tony Dow (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Barbara Billingsley (C) being kissed by former actors who played her sons on television series Leave it to Beaver, Tony Dow (L) and Jerry Mathers (R). (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
284835 15: Actor Tony Dow and wife arrive at the annual American Cinema Awards in Los Angeles, CA on November 2, 1996. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actor Tony Dow attends the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actors Jerry Mathers (left) and Tony Dow pose at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Tony Dow during 2nd Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Nickelodeon Television)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Actor Tony Dow attends the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation on December 1, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actors Jerry Mathers (L) and Tony Dow (R) attend the The Actors Fund's 2015 Looking Ahead Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Tony Dow attends the The Actors Fund's 2015 Looking Ahead Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Tony Dow is seen arriving at 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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