Joyce Dewitt Biography and Facts About Her Husband and Children

Joyce DeWitt is a 75 year-old American actress and comedian born on April 23, 1949 and best known for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three’s Company from 1977 to 1984. Joyce has never been married and doesn’t have any children of her own.

Folks who aren’t familiar with Joyce Dewitt’s heydays only know her from films such as Failing Better Now (2009) and My Boyfriends’ Dogs (2014). Nevertheless, her acting career dates back to the late 1970s when she starred as Janet Wood in the ABC sitcom, Three’s Company.

Since then, the actress has appeared in no less than twenty major films and TV series, including the widely-received TV special The Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003). Due to her lessened appearances lately, most fans now believe that Dewitt’s acting days are finally behind her, but that’s not true.

In this article, you’d learn more about Joyce’s most recent works; we also take you down memory lane, reeling out never-before-seen details about the veteran actress.

Age/Date of Birth:
75 years old (April 23, 1949)
5’ 3” (161 cm)
Husband or Boyfriend:Not known
Parents:Paul and Norma Dewitt
Net Worth:$4 million

Who is Joyce Dewitt?

Joyce DeWitt was born into the family of Paul and Norma DeWitt on 23rd April 1949. She is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, in the United States. Her father has Dutch heritage, while her mother hails from Italy. Growing up, Dewitt and her four siblings spent the better part of their childhood in Speedway, a suburb of Indianapolis in the state of Indiana.

She attended Speedway Senior High School after which she proceeded to Ball State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in theater.

Thereafter, Joyce then enrolled at the University of California, where she earned a master’s degree in 1974. Long before she got to college, Dewitt had shown interest and aptitude in acting, as well as speech.

In high school, she participated in several school plays, and also served as a cheerleader. She equally competed in speech and debate under the auspices of the Indiana High School Forensic Association. These experiences, she says, served as a backdrop for her successful acting career.

What is Joyce Dewitt’s Net Worth?

As of 2022, Joyce DeWitt is reportedly worth $4 million. The Three’s Company star was earning at least $30,000 per episode while filming for the sitcom. So far, the hit series has been her most successful appearance to date.

She has also appeared in some other blockbuster and thriller movies. In September 2017, the actress was cast as Ethel Thayer in the play On Golden Pond. A year later, in 2018, she appeared as Detective Randi Toney in The Savant Detective. In her later years, a good part of her money and time has gone into staunch efforts to better the lives of others.

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Career History and Achievements

Although she began acting at the age of thirteen, DeWitt took a little detour from her usual passion when she was starting. To earn money, she took a job as a ticketing staff at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ticket office. During college, DeWitt worked part-time as a legal secretary, while she auditioned for film roles on the side.

In 1975, the Indiana-bred actress got her first-ever role as Mother Earth in the episode Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth of the ABC TV series Baretta. The following year, DeWitt appeared as the character Cindy in the episode Pilot of the series Most Wanted. Although these appearances ushered her into her career, they weren’t the gigs that brought her into the limelight.

Joyce DeWitt
Joyce DeWitt (middle) with Johnny Carson (right) and her then-partner, Ray Buktenica.

Only months after appearing on Most Wanted, ABC presented young DeWitt with two comedy pilots. She was to choose only one. Despite the 24-hour window she was given to read the bogus scripts and make her choice, Dewitt opted for Three’s Company.

That single decision, she said, would change the trajectory of her life and career over the next four decades or so. Three’s Company become an overnight sensation, launching DeWitt into one of the biggest breaks of her career. On the contrary, the other show was a failure and never sold.

While Three’s Company was still on, Joyce DeWitt’s popularity on the show won her guest appearances in several TV films and shows. Some of which include With This RingThe RopersSupertrainFinder of Lost Loves and The Love Boat. After the show ended, however, she took a break from the screens.

Except for an appearance in the TV film, Not Without My Cousin (1989), she did not appear on screen any longer until the mid-1990s. Within that period, the actress went globetrotting, a desire she had nursed since childhood.

She marked the end of her hiatus with an appearance in the 1995 TV film Spring Fling! In the years that followed, Dewitt appeared in several TV films and series such as Cybill (1995), Living Single (1998), Hope Island (2000) in the episode, A Rising Tide Takes All BoatsThe Nick at Nite Holiday Special (2003), and My Boyfriends’ Dogs (2014). Others are Call of the Wild (2009), Failing Better Now (2010), The Great Fight (2011), Snapshot (2014), and Rock Story Judge (2015).

Charitable Efforts

Joyce DeWitt has, over the years, lend her weight to charitable causes around the United States. So far, the actress has played host to events and presentations on behalf of the Family Assistance Program of Hollywood, as well as the International Awards Ceremony held at the White House for the Presidential End Hunger Awards.

DeWitt, at some point, joined members of the US legislature at the Capitol Hill Forum on Hunger and Homelessness. While her fame earned her honorable hosting gigs at award ceremonies and fundraisers, it has also raised questions as to the man in her life.

Who are Joyce Dewitt’s Husband and Children?

It is not clear whether Joyce DeWitt has ever been married but we know she is not married at the moment

To call Joyce Dewitt “secretive” and “private” would mean stating the obvious. Despite her fame and glamor from her Three’s Company days, the actress has managed to keep her love life private.

Revealing it only when she decides to. It all began in 1979 when she was in a romantic relationship with fellow actor Ray Buktenica. The two had met while she was a second-year student at UCLA. Although they stayed together, it remains unclear if they were officially married. However, their love ship ran aground in 1986.

As DeWitt recounts, what started on a pretty good note quickly morphed into a bitter experience. She went through constant sessions of verbal abuse that depleted both her self-confidence and self-esteem.

DeWitt recalls the strain of trying to balance her busy schedule with the demands of a partner who wanted to be served and waited upon. She vows not to do so for any man again. While Buktenica remains the name that many people know, he hasn’t been the only man in her life.

Back in 1980, the actress was also romantically linked to the actor and TV presenter LeVar Burton. However, details of their relationship remain shrouded in secrecy. Throughout the period they were together, there are no records of them having children.

Most sources hold that the actress is without a child today; a decision she is pleased with and has no regrets over. She currently shares her time between New Mexico and California.

Profile Summary
First Name:Joyce
Last Name:DeWitt
Also Known As:
Not known
Famous For:Playing the role of Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three's Company from 1977 to 1984
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Ball State University, University of California
Educational Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in theater, master's degree
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
75 years old (April 23, 1949)
Zodiac Sign:Taurus
Birth Place:
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Country of Residence:
Physical Attributes
5’ 3” (161 cm)
115 pounds (52 kg)
Eye Colour:
Dark brown
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
34-24-34 inches (86-61-86 cm)
Marital Status:
Not known
Family and Relatives
Paul Dewitt
Mother:Norma Dewitt
Not known
Siblings:She has three siblings
Other Relatives:
Not known
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$4 million
Salary:Not known
Source of Wealth:
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