Joyce DeWitt’s Biography

joyce-dewitt-biography-bwMs. DeWitt is most widely known to audiences for her starring role as “Janet Wood” in the ABC Television hit series Three’s Company where she worked for many years with her dear friend, the amazing John Ritter. She has an extensive Theatrical background, working both as actress and director in a Stage career which spans over fifty years. In those fifty years, Ms. DeWitt has starred in theatrical productions of every genre.  The classics include Moliere’s Tartuffe, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Euripides’ Medea; contemporary dramas such as Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night, Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning Dinner With Friends, and  the North American premiere of Australia’s complicated yet romantic Daylight Savings.

Her career also includes starring roles in such comedic hits as Sam Bobrick’s Remember Me, Neil Simons’s Star Spangle Girl, his comical yet tender Chapter Two, as well as the hilarious British farce Noises Off,  the Tony Award winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the endearing Same Time Next Year. Her long list of starring roles in musicals includes South Pacific, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma, Married Alive, Leader of the Pack, They’re Playing Our Song, Hats, All Shook Up, revivals of Cole Porter’s Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mama Rose in Gypsy, and the mythical Olympus on My Mind for which she completed the cast recording – her first Broadway Album.

Most recently her joy has been in several productions of A.R.Gurney’s Love Letter’s with her dear friend Tab Hunter, touring with the adorable and talented Adrian Zmed in TV Hit Parade, starring in productions of the Vagina Monologues in multiple cities, as well as the premier production of the hysterical, yet musically unexpected, I’m Connecticut by The Simpson’s creator/producer/ writer Mike Reiss. Additionally, Ms. DeWitt loved every minute of starring in New York in the off Broadway production of Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage while also closing the New York Stock Exchange, conversing with the Wall Street Journal, and having the great pleasure of participating in Broadway Cares.   

In her film and television life of variety shows, comedies and dramas she has had the pleasure of appearing with such wonderful talents as Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Ann Miller, Bill Cosby, Darlene Love, Perry Como, Anne Murray, Florence LaRue, Tony Randall, Rich Little, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Loggia, Steve Martin, Charles Durning, Martha Reeves, and Queen Latifah.

Ms. DeWitt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from UCLA where she was awarded the Master of Fine Arts Fellowship as well as the Clifton Webb Scholarship.

Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on April 23rd, Ms DeWitt is one of four children. Her childhood years were divided between West Virginia and Indiana.

Having had the good fortune to work with such wonderful human beings as Valerie Harper and Dennis Weaver, whose dedication to ending hunger and homelessness in our world and support of environmental issues has been boundless, Ms. DeWitt participated with members of the House and Senate at the Capitol Hill Forum on Hunger and Homelessness and has hosted presentations for the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood. She is most grateful for having been allowed the privilege of hosting the International Awards Ceremony at the White House for the Presidential End Hunger Awards, as well as co-hosting, with Jeff Bridges, the World Food Day Gala at the Kennedy Center.