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Lindsay Wagner is an American actress. Wagner has appeared in many movies and television shows. She is best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers on the television series The Bionic Woman, for which she won an Emmy Award.

When Wagner was seven, her parents divorced and she moved to the L.A. neighborhood of Eagle Rock with her mother. Wagner's acting career could have taken off during her teenage years. She was offered a lead role in a TV series at the age of 13, but it was the actor James Best who advised her to wait until she was older and more experienced.

Another move with her mother and stepfather brought her to Portland, Oregon where she attended David Douglas High School and appeared in a number of school plays. She then studied at the University of Oregon and Mt. Hood Community College in Portland. Although she was a successful academic student, Wagner still had her sights set on Hollywood. She began by working as a model in L.A. and gained some television experience by appearing in commercials and the talk show Playboy After Dark.

However, it wasn't until she contacted a friend at Universal Studios and was cast for a small part in Marcus Welby, M.D. that her acting career really took off. In 1971, Wagner signed as a contract player that meant she would appear in several different productions for a set weekly wage. It is said that her appearances in these TV shows helped her win roles in the films Two People and The Paper Chase.

Wagner's appearance as Jaime Sommers, the former tennis pro turned bionic woman in The Six Million Dollar Man (1975), was supposed to be her last in a Universal production. Her character Jaime, who was Steve Austin's childhood sweetheart in a two-part episode of the series, was killed off.

However, American audiences had other ideas. They had taken to Wagner's Jaime character and wanted her back. The public uproar that followed meant Universal was forced to bring the Bionic Woman back to life. Wagner starred in another two-part series within The Six Million Dollar Man, called The Return of the Bionic Woman, and finally she was given her own series, The Bionic Woman.

Wagner has been married four times and has two sons. She is said to be related to fellow actress Linda Gray by marriage.

Wagner continues to play roles on movies, infomercials, and appearances on other shows.

Lindsay Wagner is on the board of directors of the Teen Talking Circle Project (http://www.teentalkingcircles.org) and has been an active supporter of Girls Talking Circles (http://www.daughters-sisters.org). The Project, which is directed by her friend and photographer, Linda Wolf (http://www.lindawolf.net), published an interview with Lindsay in their book, Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women and Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood (by Linda Wolf & Wind Hughes, published by New Society Publishers, 1997), which can be read at http://www.daughters-sisters.org/8_interviews/lindsayWagner.htm

Lindsay is also the co-director of her own nonprofit, PeaceMakers Community, with James Bear.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Lindsay Wagner" (23-Oct-2005)


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