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Lindsay Jean Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. She is probably most widely known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman (for which she won an Emmy award), though she has maintained a lengthy career in a variety of other film and television productions since.

Early life

Wagner was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, the daughter of Marilyn Louise (née Thrasher) and William Nowels Wagner. When she was seven years old, her parents divorced and her mother moved with her to the northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rockmarker, near Pasadenamarker. Another move with her mother and stepfather (Ted Ball) brought her to Portlandmarker, Oregonmarker, where she attended David Douglas High Schoolmarker and appeared in a number of school plays. She studied at the University of Oregonmarker.

Career

Wagner worked as a model in Los Angeles, and gained some television experience by appearing as a hostess in Playboy After Dark. However, it was not until she contacted a friend at Universal Studios and was cast in a small part in Marcus Welby, M.D. that her acting career took off. Her appearances helped her win roles in the films Two People and The Paper Chase. Wagner played a total of four different roles on the Marcus Welby, M.D. series between 1971-75, as well as a recurring guest role in The Rockford Files.

In 1975, Wagner then played Jaime Sommers, a former tennis pro who was the childhood sweetheart of Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin (played by Lee Majors). In a two-part episode entitled "The Bionic Woman", Jaime was critically injured in a skydiving accident and, at Steve's request, she was equipped with bionic limbs similar to his own (with the exception of his bionic eye, as Jaime was equipped with a bionic ear instead). Unfortunately, Jaime's body rejected her new bionics and she later died.

This was intended to be Wagner's last role under her Universal contract, but public response to the character was so overwhelming that Jaime was "brought back to life" first in a two-part episode entitled "The Return of the Bionic Woman" in The Six Million Dollar Man and soon later she got own spin-off series, The Bionic Woman (it was discovered that Jaime hadn't really died but had been put into cryogenic suspension until she could be cured). Like Steve, Jaime became an agent for the U.S. Government agency, the O.S.I., though, suffering from amnesia, she could not remember her love for Steve. However, the two would team up for several crossover episodes throughout the series' run. The role earned Wagner an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Dramatic Role" in 1977.

Following the cancellation of The Bionic Woman in 1978, Wagner continued to act, predominantly in television mini-series and made-for-TV movies. These included the highly rated 1980 mini-series Scruples, as well as three made-for-TV Bionic reunion movies with Lee Majors between 1987 and 1994. Also in the 1980s, Wagner starred in two more weekly television series; Jessie (1984) and A Peaceable Kingdom (1989), though both of these were short-lived.

Wagner continued to act in the 1990s and 2000s, though in less prominent roles, such as the action movie "Ricochet" (1991), Her most recent projects have included the 2005 telemovie, Thicker than Water, with Melissa Gilbert, Buckaroo: The Movie (2005), and, Four Extraordinary Women (2006).

In 1987, Wagner wrote a series of books with Robert M. Klein about using acupressure to achieve results akin to a surgical facelift. Wagner was the spokesperson for Ford Motor Company. Wagner also appears in infomercials for Select Comfort's Sleep Number bed.

More recently, Wagner has given seminars and workshops for her self-help therapy, "Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart", which promotes spirituality and meditation.

Personal life

Wagner lived with Capt. Daniel M. Yoder USAF, until he went to Vietnam. She has been married four times. From 1971–73, she was married to music publisher Allan Rider. From late 1976–79, she was married to the actor Michael Brandon. In 1981, she married stuntman Henry Kingi whom she met on the set of The Bionic Woman. Wagner had two sons with Kingi; Dorian (b. 1982) and Alex (b. 1986). She and Kingi eventually divorced. Wagner married TV producer Lawrence Mortorff in 1990, but they also divorced a couple of years later.

Wagner at one time was related to Dallas star Linda Gray, as Gray's ex-husband is Ed Thrasher, who is one of Wagner's uncles. Wagner and Gray also played romantic rivals in the television movie The Two Worlds of Jenny Logan (1979).

Civic activities

Wagner is on the board of directors of the Teen Talking Circles Project and is an active supporter of Girls Talking Circles.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Other notes
1973 Two People Deirdre McCluskey
The Paper Chase Susan Fields
1975 The Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers
1976 Second Wind Linda
1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Meg Laurel TV movie
The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan Jennie Logan TV movie
1980 Scruples Billy Ikehorn Miniseries
1981 Nighthawks Irene
High Risk Olivia
Callie & Son Callie Bordeaux TV movie
1982 Memories Never Die Joanne Tilford TV movie
1983 I Want to Live Barbara Graham TV movie
Princess Daisy Francesca Valenski TV movie
Two Kinds of Love Susan Farley TV movie
1984 Martin's Day Dr. Mennen
Passions Nina Simon TV movie
1985 The Other Lover Claire Fielding TV movie
This Child Is Mine Bonnie Wilkerson TV movie
1986 Child's Cry Joanne Van Buren TV movie
Young Again Laura Gordon TV movie
Convicted Martha Forbes TV movie
1987 Stranger in My Bed Beverly Slater TV movie
The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers TV movie
Student Exchange Principal TV movie
1988 Evil in Clear River Kate McKinnon TV movie
The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story Uli Derickson TV movie
Nightmare at Bitter Creek Nita Daniels TV movie
Police Story: Burnout Detective Sidney Shannon TV movie
1989 From the Dead of Night Joanna TV movie
Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers TV movie
1990 Voice of the Heart Katharine Tempest TV movie
Shattered Dreams Charlotte Fedders TV movie
Babies Yvonne TV movie
1991 Ricochet Brimleigh
Fire in the Dark Janet TV movie
1992 She Woke Up Claudia Parr TV movie
Treacherous Crossing Lindsey Thompson Gates TV movie
To Be the Best Paula O'Neill TV movie
A Message from Holly Holly TV movie
1993 Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 Elizabeth Hahn TV movie
1994 Once in a Lifetime Daphne Fields TV movie
Bionic Ever After? Jaime Sommers TV movie
1995 Fighting for My Daughter Kate Kerner TV movie
1996 Sins of Silence Molly McKinley TV movie
A Mother's Instinct Raeanne Gilbaine
1997 Contagious Dr. Hannah Cole TV movie
Their Second Chance Barbara TV movie
1998 Voyage of Terror Dr. Stephanie Tauber TV movie
Frog and Wombat Sydney Parker
2002 A Light in the Forest Penelope Audrey
2005 Thicker Than Water Jess Jarrett TV movie
Buckaroo: The Movie Ms. Ainsley
2006 The Surfer King Connie Zirpollo
Four Extraordinary Women Anne TV movie
2008 Billy: The Early Years Morrow Graham


TV series

Year(s) Title Role Seasons Notes
1975–76 The Six Million Dollar Man Jaime Sommers 2-4
1976–78 The Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers 1-3 Won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Dramatic Role (1977) and a TV Land Award. Also nominated for two Golden Globes awards.
1984 Jesse Dr. Jessie Hayden 1
1989 A Peaceable Kingdom Rebecca Cafferty 1


TV appearances

Year Title Role Episode titles Notes
1971 Adam-12 Jenny Carson "Million Dollar Buff" Season 4, episode 2
1971 The Man and the City Margie Holland "Disaster on Turner Street" Season 1, episode 6
1971 Night Gallery Nurse "The Diary" Season 2, episode 22
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Stella Bowers "In Defense of Ellen McKay" Season 3, episode 4
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Nurse Gledhill "The Best Is Yet to Be" Season 3, episode 11
1971 Sarge Laurie Meyers "The Combatants" Season 1, episode 10
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Diana Oliver "Until Proven Innocent" Season 1, episode 12
1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Edie Lang "Operation: XW-1" Season 1, episode 14
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Emily Matocsis "All the Pretty People" Season 3, episode 18
1972 The F.B.I. Laurie Peale "Dark Journey" Season 7, episode 25
1972 Marcus Welby, M.D. Denise Malory "Don and Denise" Season 4, episode 8
1972 Night Gallery Girl "Smile, Please" Season 3, episode 8
1974 The Rockford Files Sara Butler "Backlash of the Hunter" Season 1, episode 1
1975 The Rockford Files Sara Butler "Aura Lee, Farewell" Season 1, episode 15
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Susan Davis "Dark Fury: Part 1" Season 6, episode 15
1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. Susan Davis "Dark Fury: Part 2" Season 6, episode 16
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Susan Forrester "Prism" Season 3, episode 3
2002 The Division Agatha B. "Farewell My Lovelies" Season 2, episode 18


Books

  • High Road to Health: A Vegetarian Cookbook by Lindsay Wagner and Ariane Spade (1994) ISBN 0-671-87277-X
  • Lindsay Wagner's New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift by Lindsay Wagner and Robert M. Klein (1987) ISBN 0-13-536806-5
  • 30-Day Natural Face Lift Program by Lindsay Wagner and Robert M. Klein (1988) ISBN 0-86188-779-4


References

  1. http://www.filmreference.com/film/69/Lindsay-Wagner.html

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