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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 22 June 1949Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameLindsay Jean Wagner
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Lindsay Jean Wagner was born on June 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced when she was seven years old. Her first career was as a model, but she soon grew to hate it and turned to acting, guest-starring on such television series as Night Gallery (1969), The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969) and Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969). Although she starred in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama The Paper Chase (1973), television stardom beckoned when she guest-starred on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). Her appearance was so well received that she was offered her own series, The Bionic Woman (1976), even though her character Jamie Sommers died on "The Six Million Dollar Man". Fortunately for Lindsay, Universal Pictures--the studio that made SMDM--had let her contract lapse, and she was able to cut a lucrative deal for herself. She went on to win an Emmy Award for The Bionic Woman (1976), and her talent, beauty and popularity enabled her to parlay that series into a career as the "queen" of made-for-TV movies and miniseries, starring in 30 of them. Besides her Emmy Award, she has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and a Cable Ace Award.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mitch Gray <theblondone@webtv.net>

Lindsay Wagner makes little distinction between her life as an actress, advocate, mother or author. What unites these various parts is a commitment through her work and her personal life to exploring and advancing human potential.

Lindsay first came to prominence in the critically-acclaimed role of Susan Fields in The Paper Chase (1973), but received household recognition worldwide when she broke the mold for women on television with her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers. As she collaborated with the writers, The Bionic Woman (1976) became an inspiration around the world and, in 1977, Lindsay won the Emmy for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series".

Her now-strong influence in the media and a desire to use that as a way to communicate ideas to help people in their personal journey is demonstrated in so many of the films in which she starred, such as: The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1979), the struggle between naturopathic and allopathic healthcare (1979); I Want to Live (1983), the moral dilemma regarding capital punishment (1983); Child's Cry (1986), child sexual abuse (1986); The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988), some root complexities of terrorism (1988); Evil in Clear River (1988), the quiet rise of the Neo-Nazi movement in America (1988); Shattered Dreams (1990), on family violence, which she also co-produced (1991); Fighting for My Daughter (1995), highlighting the problem of teen prostitution (1995); Thicker Than Water (2005), expressing compassion for the animal kingdom and the importance of family (2005); Four Extraordinary Women (2006), the emotional effect of breast cancer on family members (2006). As a result of the volume of her successful productions, she was often referred to as the "Queen of TV Movies".

Lindsay has long been acknowledged as one of the top leading spokespersons in the United States, a role she took very seriously with regard to the impact it would have on the public, which in turn reinforced her position as a respected voice in the community. She was given a Genii Award as "Performer of the Year" in 1985. Lindsay has co-authored a bestselling vegetarian cookbook, "The High Road to Health" (1990) and "Lindsay Wagner's New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift" (1986). She has recently released a meditation CD, "Open to Oneness".

Off-screen, Lindsay is passionate about the study and sharing of holistic healing modalities, integrating mind, body and spirit. For 25 years, she has been the Honorary Chair of ICAN (Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect). She has also been heavily involved in human rights, domestic violence, animal welfare and the environment. From 2003-2006, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lindsay co-facilitated a counseling group for convicted batterers and their families. Her work utilized a range of psychological and spiritual techniques.

For the public, Lindsay facilitates experiential "Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart" workshops and retreats. These programs are designed to help overcome our own personal challenges, while accessing the peace and joy that is naturally within us. Lindsay offers these programs to the public as well as special interest groups as a way of sharing, that which has greatly impacted her life.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: www.lindsaywagnerinternational.com

Spouse (4)

Lawrence Mortorff (6 May 1990 - 1993) (divorced)
Henry Kingi (16 May 1981 - 1984) (divorced) (2 children)
Michael Brandon (19 December 1976 - 17 September 1979) (divorced)
Allan Richard Rider (28 September 1971 - 1974) (divorced)

Trivia (25)

Ex-niece of Linda Gray.
Before Kate Mulgrew was chosen, Wagner's name was often mentioned as a possible replacement for Geneviève Bujold as Captain Kathryn Janeway on the television series Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
The scar on her right upper lip is the result of an automobile accident she suffered in 1976.
Spokesperson for Sleep Number beds (2003-2009).
Mother, with ex-husband/stuntman Henry Kingi, of two sons: Dorian Kingi (born 1982) and Alex Kingi (born 1986). Her ex-stepson is stuntman Henry Kingi Jr. (born 1970).
Was scheduled to be a passenger on American Airlines Flight 191 from Chicago to Los Angeles on May 25, 1979, but she felt uneasy about flying on that plane. Wagner skipped the flight, which crashed only minutes after takeoff, killing everyone on board.
Lived in Portland, Oregon and attended David Douglas High School as a teenager.
Daughter of Marilyn Ball, a retired building contractor and production consultant on daughter Lindsay's, Police Story: Burnout (1988) and The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story (1988).
Father Bill Wagner was a school photographer.
Wagner's acting career evolved pretty much by accident. She had been a regular babysitter for The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) star James Best's children when he recommended that she attend his acting classes.
Is dyslexic.
First worked with actor Lee Majors when she guest-starred on his television series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (1971) in 1971. A few years later, she became famous as The Bionic Woman (1976), a role that she first played on the television series The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), where Majors played the title role.
Said that actor Lee Majors was upset with the studio when she got a better deal than him for starring on The Bionic Woman (1976). However, when the studio also gave him a good deal for starring on The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), he calmed down and she and Majors became friends.
Agreed to act as the Bionic Woman in Bionic Ever After? (1994) only on the condition that her character marries the Six Million Dollar Man, since felt it was unfair that the fans had been waiting almost 20 years for the marriage to take place. The producers acquiesced, and the television movie ends with a wedding.
Youngest actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Cousin of Kehly Sloane and Jeff Thrasher.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
She was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Star on May 12, 2012.
Featured in commercials for the "Sleep Number Bed". The hostess is Colleen Needles Steward. [November 2006]
Presents her "Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart" holistic workshops and retreats around the world.
Released her first meditation CD "Open to Oneness". [April 2009]
Conducts holistic workshops and retreats, where the emphasis is to find a positive perspective on life by embracing body, mind and spirit. [February 2010]
Is an Independent Associate of Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc.
Lindsay Wagner was the primary guest star on the very first episode (the pilot, actually episode ZERO) of The Rockford Files (1974). Through much of the 1980s, James Garner and Lindsay Wagner were considered the king or queen, respectively, of quality television movies and mini-series of that period.
Longtime friend of Richard Anderson.

Personal Quotes (4)

There is only one issue: man's lack of experience in feeling his Divine self and his innate connection with the Divine. All other issues stem from this.
No matter who rejects you, don't lose touch with your higher self, with the higher powers, with anything that you can find which is of the light, that will give you strength in those times when you feel so lonely.
It's about sharing. You just give what you have to give wherever you go, and you let God handle the rest.
[on the 2007 TV remake of Bionic Woman (2007), which was canceled after 8 episodes] On a technical level, it was very good, but I don't think they understood the show. It was steeped in that old-school thinking. It was like a lot of things today, angry and dark.

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