Friday, March 4, 2011

Jaimie Sommers - The Bionic Woman played by Lindsay Wagner

Lindsay Wagner was born June 22, 1949 in Los Angeles, California.  She is most famous for playing the role of The Bionic Woman, Jaimie Sommers.

Lindsay Wagner as Jaimie Sommers in The Bionic Woman

Wagner made her television debut in a 1971 episode of Adam-12 co-starring Martin Milner, Kent McCord, Leo Gordon, William Boyett, Dennis McCarthy, Ed Begley Jr., and Lynn Cartwright.  That same year she would go on to appear in The Man and the City with Broderick Crawford, Mike Farrell, William Schallert, Anthony Quinn, and Dack Rambo; The Bold Ones: The Lawyers starring Burl Ives, Joseph Campanella, James Farentino, Susan Clark, David Spielberg, and John Randolph; Sarge starring George Kennedy, Don Johnson, Tom Selleck, Morgan Woodward, and Randolph Mantooth; and Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law starring Arthur Hill, Henry Beckman, Ross Elliott, Lee Majors, Randolph Mantooth, Bill Quinn, and Dana Wynter.

Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, and Randolph Mantooth in an episode of Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law

Lindsay would go on to appear in O'Hara, U.S. Treasury starring David Janssen, Ed Nelson and Gary Crosby (1972); The F.B.I. starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Claude Akins, Jeff Pomerantz, Vic Tayback, and William Schallert (1972); and Night Gallery starring Patty Duke, Virginia Mayo, David Wayne, John Carradine, Cesar Romero, Carl Reiner, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, and Michael Lerner (1971-72).  Wagner also appeared in several of episodes of Marcus Welby, M.D. during this period, co-starring with Robert Young, James Brolin and Elena Verdugo.

In 1973 Wagner would star in her first film Two People co-starring Peter Fonda, Estelle Parsons, Philippe March, Alan Fudge, and Frances Sternhagen.  This role was followed shortly in that same year by her second film The Paper Chase co-starring Timothy Bottoms, John Houseman, Edward Herrmann, James Naughton, and Graham Beckel.

Lindsay Wagner and Peter Fonda in Two People 1973
Lindsay Wagner and Timothy Bottoms in The Paper Chase 1973

In 1974-75 Lindsay appeared in two episodes of The Rockford Files starring James Garner, Noah Beery Jr. and Joe Santos.  During this time she also guest starred in two more episodes of Marcus Welby, M.D.

Lindsay Wagner in The Rockford Files

It was in March of 1975 that Lindsay Wagner debuted as Jaimie Sommers in a special episode of The Six Million Dollar Man playing the love interest of Steve Austin played by Lee Majors.  She was injured in an accident and like Austin, was repaired with bionic parts.  Her character was written off as dying due to rejecting her bionic implants, however the tremendous response to the character spawned another special episode in the fall of 1975 where she somehow returned, not dying after all.

Lee Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson and Alan Oppenheimer in The Six Million Dollar Man

Lee Majors (Steve Austin aka The Six Million Dollar Man) and Lindsay Wagner (Jaimie Sommers aka The Bionic Woman)
Lindsay Wagner (Jaimie Sommers) in The Bionic Woman

Lindsay Wagner (Jaimie Sommers) in The Bionic Woman

In 1976 Lindsay starred in the film Second Wind with James Naughton, Tedde Moore, Ken Pogue, and Tom Harvey.  That year she also appeared in the show Whodunnit? with Jon Pertwee, Patrick Mower and Magnus Pyke. That year she also continued to appear on The Six Million Dollar Man.  Due to the success of Lindsay's character Jaimie Sommers on that show, in 1976 the production company gave Wagner her own series, The Bionic Woman.  She co-starred of course with Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman and Martin E. Brooks as Dr. Rudy Wells with an occasional appearance by Lee Majors as Steve Austin.  However, for most of the series, she traded in Steve Austin for also bionic dog, Max. Her show lasted two years until 1978.

Lindsay Wagner (Jaimie Sommers) and her bionic dog Max in The Bionic Woman
Lindsay Wagner as Jaimie Sommers, The Bionic Woman puts her super human hearing to use

After The Bionic Woman ended, in 1979 Lindsay landed the lead role in the movie The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel co-starring with Jane Wyman, Gary Lockwood, Andrew Duggan, Brock Peters, John Reilly, James Woods, and Tracey Gold.  She would also that year land the lead in The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan co-starring Marc Singer, Linda Gray, Alan Feinstein, Joan Darling, Peter Hobbs, Constance McCashin, Allen Williams, and Gloria Stuart.

Lindsay Wagner starred in the movie The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1979
The sexy side of Lindsay Wagner

Wagner began the 1980s starring in the mini-series Scruples with Barry Bostwick, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Barry Bostwick, Connie Stevens, Robert Reed, Nick Mancuso, Gene Tierney, Gary Graham, Sarah Marshall, and Milton Selzer (1980); Nighthawks co-starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, and Nigel Davenport (1981); High Risk co-starring James Brolin, Anthony Quinn, Ernest Borgnine, Cleavon Little, James Coburn, Bruce Davison, and Chick Vennera (1981); Callie & Son co-starring Jameson Parker, Dabney Coleman, Joy Garrett, and Michelle Pfeiffer (1981); Memories Never Die co-starring Barbara Babcock, Peter Billingsley, Gerald McRaney, and Janice Carroll (1982); I Want to Live co-starring Pamela Reed, Harry Dean Stanton, Martin Balsam, Dana Elcar, Ellen Geer, and Robert Ginty (1983); The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors, Douglas Barr and Heather Thomas (1983); Princess Daisy co-starring Robert Urich, Stacy Keach, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Paul Michael Glaser, and Claudia Cardinale (1983); Two Kinds of Love co-starring Rick Schroder, Sydney Penny, Evan Richards, and Peter Weller (1983); and the TV movie Jessie co-starring Tony Lo Bianco, Celeste Holm, Molly Cheek, Jeremy Licht, and Renée Jones (1984).

Lindsay Wagner in the film Nighthawks 1981
Bruce Davidson, Lindsay Wagner, and James Brolin in the film High Risk 1981

Her success in the movie Jessie would spawn a TV series of the same name featuring Wagner's character Dr. Jessie Hayden.  She would co-star in the show with Tony Lo Bianco (Lieutenant Alex Ascoli), Renée Jones (secretary), J.D. Hinton (Phil), Celeste Holm (Molly Hayden), Tom Nolan (Officer Hubbell), William Lucking (Sergeant Mac McClellan), Bruce Greenwood (Detective Roy Moss).  The show was short lived and only lasted ten episodes.  During her run on Jessie, Lindsay also starred in the TV movie Passions with Joanne Woodward, Richard Crenna, Mason Adams, Heather Langenkamp, and John Walcutt (1984).

Lindsay Wagner then

In 1985, Lindsay would go on and star in Martin's Day co-starring Richard Harris, Karen Black, James Coburn, Justin Henry, John Ireland, and Saul Rubinek (1985); The Other Lover co-starring Jack Scalia, Millie Perkins, Max Gail, Shannen Doherty, John Bennett Perry, Alex Donnelley, Stephanie Winslow, and Jaime Lyn Hart (1985); This Child Is Mine co-starring Chris Sarandon, Michael Lerner, and Kathleen York (1985); Child's Cry co-starring Peter Coyote, Taliesin Jaffe, Guy Boyd, Brent Jennings, and Kathleen Garrett (1986); Young Again co-starring Robert Urich, Keanu Reeves, Jack Gilford, Jessica Steen, and Stevie Vallance (1986); Convicted co-starring Carroll O'Connor, Laurie O'Brien, Jenny Lewis, John Larroquette, and Alyson Croft (1986); Kate & Allie starring Susan Saint James, Jane Curtin, Allison Smith, Ari Meyers, and Frederick Koehler (1986);  and Stranger in My Bed co-starring Armand Assante, Gabriel Damon, and Doug Sheehan (1987).

Robert Urich and Lindsay Wagner in Young Again 1986

In 1987, Wagner revived her role as Jaimie Sommers along with Lee Majors as Steve Austin in the made for TV movie The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.  They co-starred with Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lee Majors II, Tom Schanley, Martin Landau, Gary Lockwood, and Terry Kiser.  It would not be the last however, that we saw of The Bionic Woman.

Linsday would go on to appear in shows and movies such as Student Exchange co-starring Todd Field, Viveka Davis, Mitchell Anderson, Gavin MacLeod, Maura Tierney, Heather Graham, Lisa Hartman, Rob Estes, Nancy Lenehan, and Moon Unit Zappa (1987); Evil in Clear River co-starring Michael Flynn, Randy Quaid, Thomas Wilson Brown, Gloria Carlin, and Steven Anderson (1988); Alfred Hitchcock Presents starring Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Sarrazin, Warren Davis, and Vivian Reis (1988); The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story co-starring Eli Danker, Sandy McPeak, Leslie Easterbrook, Ray Wise, Barry Jenner, and Laurie Walters (1988); Nightmare at Bitter Creek co-starring Tom Skerritt, Joanna Cassidy, and Constance McCashin (1988); Scandals (1988); Police Story: Burnout co-starring Julie Carmen, John Karlen, Joe Morton, and John Getz (1988).

In 1989 Wagner landed the role of zoo director Rebecca Cafferty in the TV series A Peaceable Kingdom.  She co-starred with Melissa Clayton (Courtney), David Ackroyd (Dr. Bart Langley), David Renan (Ridge), Michael Manasseri (Dean), and Tom Wopat (   
Dr. Jed McFadden).  The show would last for one season.

Lindsay Wagner in A Peaceable Kingdom 1989

During her run on A Peaceable Kingdom, Lindsay would also star in From the Dead of Night co-starring Bruce Boxleitner, Robert Prosky, Peter Jason, Robin Thomas, Dani Minnick, and Diahann Carroll (1989); Voice of the Heart co-starring James Brolin, Honor Blackman, Neil Dickson, and Victoria Tennant (1989); and the not quite so final appearance of the Bionic Woman, Jaimie Sommers in the TV movie Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman co-starring Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Lee Majors II, Sandra Bullock, and Jeff Yagher (1989).

Front: Melissa Clayton (Courtney), Lindsy Wagner (Rebecca Cafferty), David Renan (Ridge)  Back: Tom Wopat (Dr. Jed McFadden) and Michael Manasseri (Dean) the cast of A Peaceable Kingdom 1989

After A Peaceable Kingdom, Wagner started off the 90s starring in Shattered Dreams co-starring Michael Nouri, James Karen, Irene Miracle, Ken Jenkins, Patricia Heaton, and Georgann Johnson (1990); Babies co-starring Dinah Manoff, Adam Arkin, Robert Pine, John Walcutt, Nancy Kwan, and Marcy Walker (1990); Ricochet co-starring Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Kevin Pollak, John Amos, Linda Dona, and Ice-T (1991); Fire in the Dark co-starring Olympia Dukakis, Ray Wise, Jean Stapleton, Joan Leslie, and Edward Herrmann (1991); She Woke Up co-starring David Dukes, Maureen Mueller, Ben Savage, Patricia Barry,  Frances Sternhagen, and Erika Flores (1992); Treacherous Crossing co-starring Angie Dickinson, Joseph Bottoms, Terri Apple, Laurel Adams, and Grant Show (1992); Against All Odds starring Ramon Sison (1992); To Be the Best co-starring Anthony Hopkins, James Saito, Stuart Wilson, Christopher Cazenove, and Stephanie Beacham (1992); A Message from Holly with Shelley Long, Molly Orr, Anne Jeffreys, and Cotter Smith (1992); Nurses on the Line: The Crash of Flight 7 co-starring Robert Loggia, Paula Marshall, David Clennon, Jennifer Lopez, Farrah Forke, Tom Irwin, and David Clennon (1993); Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them co-starring Bryan Cranston, Finola Hughes, and Mary Crosby (1994); Once in a Lifetime co-starring Barry Bostwick, Rex Smith, Amy Aquino, Fran Bennett, Debra Sullivan, and Duncan Regehr (1994); and in 1994 Lindsay would play Jaimie Sommers one last time in the movie Bionic Ever After? co-starring Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks, Farrah Forke, Lee Majors II, Anne Lockhart, and Alan Sader.

Wagner would finish out the 90s starring in Fighting for My Daughter co-starring Piper Laurie, Kirk Baltz, Chad Lowe, Deanna Milligan, Renée Humphrey, Deirdre O'Connell, and Paul Lieber (1995); Sins of Silence co-starring Cynthia Sikes, Laura Bertram, Sean McCann, and Cynthia Sikes (1996); A Mother's Instinct co-starring John Terry, Debrah Farentino, Lynne Thigpen, Alana Austin, Andy Nichols, Lee Norris, Laura Robbins, and Barbara Babcock (1996); Contagious co-starring Elizabeth Peña, Brendan Fletcher, Ken Pogue, Tom Wopat, Alexandra Purvis, and Matt Hill (1997); Their Second Chance co-starring Perry King, Sheila Moore, Tracy Griffith, Chris Owens, Melanie Shatner, and Jerry Wasserman (1997); Voyage of Terror co-starring Martin Sheen, Michael Ironside, Horst Buchholz, Katharine Isabelle, Gabrielle Miller, Brian Dennehy, and David Lewis (1998); and Frog and Wombat co-starring Katie Stuart, Emily Lipoma, Ronny Cox, Ross Malinger, Briana Michaud, and Jean Carol (1998).

Linday Wagner in 2000

In the new millennium, Lindsay started on guest starring in an episode of The Division starring Tony Abatemarco, Bonnie Bedelia, Vic Chao, Nancy McKeon, and Paige Moss (2002); A Light in the Forest co-starring Danielle Nicolet, Christian Oliver, Martin Klebba, Edward Albert, Amy Amerson, and Frank Bonner (2003); Thicker Than Water co-starring Melissa Gilbert, Brian Wimmer, Grainger Hines, Robert Mailhouse, and Lindy Newton (2005); Buckaroo: The Movie co-starring Kelly Aleccia, Rex Allen Jr., Amy Austin, Simon Baker, and Gary Busey (2005); The Surfer King co-starring Michael L. Amory, Ryan Haug, Randy Wayne, Kara Edwards, Cerina Vincent, Brian Timothy Murray, Randy Wayne, and Denis Berkfeldt (2006); Four Extraordinary Women co-starring George Stults, Laura Harris, Joely Collins, Serge Houde, and Katie Boland (2006); and Billy: The Early Years co-starring J. Thomas Bailey, Dan Beene, Cliff Bemis, Abbi Butler, and Stefanie Butler (2008).

Linday Wagner in 2008

More recently in 2010, Lindsay Wagner appeared in a couple of episodes of Warehouse 13 as Dr. Vanessa Calder.  She co-starred with Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, and Jaime Murray.  Hopefully, we'll be seeing more of Lindsay in the future!

Linday Wagner in 2010


  1. Is she friends with Jamie Sommers?

  2. siempre bella, la veia cuando era niña..

  3. I love the serial bionic woman !!! Lindsay Wagner is great !!!! I habe the DVD From Bionic Woman and from the Six Million Dollars Man !!! the both are fantastic !!! Love always to see them !!!

    Thanks to Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors for all the great moments !!!!