Lindsay Wagner: The Bionic Woman, Then and Now

By Kellar Ellsworth

Lindsay Wagner starred as TV's Bionic Woman from 1976-78, a spin-off character and show that sometimes rivaled its source, The Six Million Dollar Man. Up until the mid-'70s, there had been a dearth of female action heroes on TV, but Wagner was part of a wave that included Angie Dickinson (Police Woman), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman) and the Angels of Charlie's Angels. Wagner's character of Jaime Sommers was the childhood sweetheart of Steve Austin (Lee Majors), who gets life-saving bionic implants and, like Austin, becomes a government agent.