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Who is Joyce Dewitt?

Joyce Dewitt is an actress, who is perhaps still best known for starring in the role of Janet Wood in the popular sitcom entitled “Three’s Company”, which aired on the ABC network between 1976 and 1984. Joyce is also recognized for appearing in the 1979 TV series “The Ropers”, and “The Love Boat”.

Joyce Dewitt’s Early Life

Joyce Anne Dewitt was born on the 23rd April 1949, the second of four children in the family of Norma and Paul Dewitt, and apart from being of American nationality as well as of Dutch ancestry from her father’s and Italian from her mother’s side, Joyce is also partly of Irish and Swedish descent.  Although originating from Wheeling, West Virginia USA, she was raised in the Indianapolis’ suburb of Speedway, and attended Speedway Senior High School, where she was actively involved in the Indiana High School Forensic Association. Upon matriculation, Joyce began working at a ticket office of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but later continued her education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from which she graduated, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. Subsequently, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she enrolled at the University of California from which she graduated in 1974, gaining her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. After college, Joyce spent some time serving as a legal secretary before moving towards her acting career full time.

Joyce Dewitt’s Early Career

Into the world of acting Joyce dived at the quite early age of 13, when she made her debut on-stage. However, her on-camera debut occurred in 1975 when she was cast for the uncredited role of Mother Earth in ABC TV’s detective series “Baretta”, which was immediately followed by an appearance in the TV series entitled “Most Wanted”. All these engagements helped the young Joyce Dewitt to establish herself as a prominent actress, and her net worth too.

Joyce Dewitt on “Three’s Company”

After auditioning for two ABC comedy pilot projects in 1976, Joyce was offered to choose the role that suited her more. With only 24 hours to make up her mind, she picked the role of Janet Wood in the upcoming sitcom “Three’s Company”, and made the right decision because the other project never eventuated. The series follows everyday lives full of misadventures of one man and two women living together under the same roof, and aired for eight seasons between 1976 and 1984 and 172 episodes, of which Joyce appeared in 171. It is certain that this entire engagement served as the launching board for Joyce Dewitt’s acting career, dramatically boosting her popularity as well. After the show ended in 1984, Joyce circulated the globe and eventually landed in New Mexico where she settled for a couple of years, during which she temporarily retired from acting.

Return to acting

After several years spent in retirement, Joyce briefly returned to acting in 1991, when she appeared in Cherry County Playhouse’s “Noises Off” stage play in West Michigan. Her first on-camera appearance after a more than 10 year-long break, occurred in 1995 when she was cast as Linda Hayden in the TV movie “Spring Fling!”, which was subsequently followed by an appearance in the “Cybill” TV series.

In 2000 she appeared in an episode of the “Hope Island” TV series, while in 2003 she starred in the leading female role in “The Nick at Nite Holiday Special” musical comedy TV movie. Since the late 2000s, Joyce has turned her career’s focus towards movie roles, and appeared in the family adventure movie “Call of the Wild” (2009) as well as in “Failing Better Now” (2010) and “The Great Fight” (2011). In 2014 Joyce starred in the TV comedy movie “My Boyfriend’s Dogs”, which was followed by an appearance in the drama movie “Rock Story” in 2015.

Joyce Dewitt’s Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 69-year old American actress has accumulated so far? How rich Joyce Dewitt is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Joyce Dewitt’s net worth, as of mid-2018, revolves around the sum of $7 million, acquired through her long-term career in the world of acting since 1972.

Arrest controversy

In July 2009 Joyce faced of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) – after driving past the barricade close to the park in El Segundo, California, Joyce was pulled over by a local officer who, after noticing that she had been drinking and giving her the field sobriety test, then arrested her. After being booked and cited at the local police station, Dewitt was granted release on her own recognizance. In May 2010 she was put on three-year probation, a nine-month alcohol rehabilitation program, and ordered to pay a fine of over $500.

Is Joyce Dewitt married? Does she have children? More about her private life

It has been publically acknowledged that Joyce was in a long-term romantic relationship with fellow colleague, Ray Buktenica, between 1979 and 1986, when they decided to split. However, it hasn’t been revealed whether they were officially married or not. There are no information about Joyce Dewitt’s other romantic connections or love affairs, and she is still officially single, and isn’t a parent.

Dewitt is also actively involved in several charitable causes, including the LIFE Organization (Love Is Feeding Everyone).

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