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Lindsay Wagner’s Firstborn Became a ‘Very Sensitive Issue’ in One of Many Marriages

Joe Akins
Feb 28, 2022
06:20 A.M.
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For several decades, Lindsay Wagner stunned the world with her skills as Jamie Sommers on the popular TV show "The Bionic Woman," However, her personal life was the opposite of her career.


Lindsay Wagner's presence in Hollywood was a rewarding one. The 72-year-old won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the hit television series "The Bionic Woman." 

Wagner made an appearance in an episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man," and the episode titled "The Bionic Woman" turned out to be a huge success amongst the viewers and ultimately earned her her spin-off show which ran for three seasons.

Lindsay Wagner on November 05, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


Wagner enjoyed profound acting success in over 40 TV movies, five miniseries, and 12 feature films. Away from acting, the actress was a big lover of health and turned her focus to writing health-based books.

However, despite the fame and success in her career, Wagner's personal life was far from perfect. The "Nighthawks" actress was married four times but never had the relationship she had hoped for.



On June 22, 1949, Wagner was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father, William, worked as a professional photographer, and her mother, Marilyn, worked as a construction worker. Wagner's parents split when she was seven years old. However, life together as a family was a hellish experience.

Wagner witnessed domestic abuse as a child between her parents. Even though life was miserable, the "Bionic Woman" learned to internalize her worry and pain. In addition to her parents' constant duels, Wagner battled a serious health condition.

By the time she was 19, pain from an ulcer had made life an unbearable experience. But thankfully, the actress said she was introduced to a doctor who holistically treated her.


Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, on "The Bionic Woman" | Source: Getty Images

The treatment procedure involved fasting, visualization, meditation, and prayers. However, after six weeks, the actress became free from ulcers. This sparked a renewed interest in healing in her.


Wagner pursued her new passion with decades of study and research from spiritual leaders worldwide. Her heartbeat became to deliver holistic healing to those in need of it.

Wagner counts herself lucky to help her fans and others around her. The actress once came close to death but saved her life thanks to a strong intuitive feeling.

Lindsay Wagner on November 05, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


On May 25, 1979, Wagner was set to fly on American Airlines Flight 191 from Chicago to Los Angeles, but she was apprehensive about going on that plane.

So she opted out of the flight, which crashed minutes after takeoff, killing all on board. During her three-year marriage to Michael Brandon, her second husband, the incident occurred.

Wagner's sudden decision not to board the flight came after David Booth, a Cincinnati office manager, had a hunch about the doomed flight. Wagner was grateful to have escaped death, but it did not take long before she and Brandon divorced.



Henry Kingi and Lindsay Wagner attend The Nashville Network Telecast Party on March 7, 1983 at Palimino | Source: Getty Images

Wagner had a lot of success in her career, but she didn't have the same luck in her marriage. The actress was married four times and divorced four times within 22 years.


Wagner's first marriage was to music magnate Allan Rider in 1971, and the couple separated in 1973. Shortly after that, she married Michael Brandon, and their marriage lasted three years.

Her third attempt at marriage was to Hollywood stuntman Henry Kingi, whom she married for three years between 981 and 1984. Wagner's last attempt at marriage was to producer Lawrence Mortoff. The union lasted from 1990 until 1993.


Although she was married four times, she only had children with her third husband, Kingi. However, the couple shared their sons, Dorian and Alex, during their time together.

Kingi had the biggest influence on Wagner. The actress was said to have given up drinking and drugs to suit his lifestyle; however, close friends observed their incompatibility.

Kingi is well known in the movie circle, having featured as a stuntman in over 300 movies. However, like Wagner, the 78-year-old once survived a death scare after being shot at while driving. The incident came after his separation from Wagner.



Kingi and Wagner's 1981 marriage held much potential for the couple. After exchanging vows at their Lake Tahoe ceremony, they expected to live happily ever after, but that was far from their reality.

Aside from their differing work ethics, parenting brought a great divide between the couple. Shortly after welcoming their first child, Dorian, in 1982, Wagner became a devoted mom, much to her husband's irritation.

The actress carried their son everywhere she went, including her movie sets, leaving the stuntman behind. According to close friends, this was a sensitive issue for Kingi.


Wagner's request for Kingi to get out of the stuntman business, which reportedly fetches him between $50k and $70k a year, further strained the couple's marriage.

Shortly after their divorce, Wagner moved on with her children and continued her passion for filming. However, the actress admitted to having some rules in raising her children.

For a start, Wagner forbade red meat in her home. In addition, the health-conscious star paid close attention to her children's diet. Furthermore, "The Bionic Woman" forbids her sons to watch reruns of her old shows or some of her movies because she considers them unhealthy.



At 72, Wagner hasn't lost her touch or beauty. The actress continues to look stunning and ageless in recent pictures of her. The movie star was spotted alongside Joan Crawford and Linda Gray, but her fans were eager to know her beauty recipe.

Wagner credits her holistic approach to life as her beauty secret. The actress said maintaining balance is her tip to staying healthy and happy. The mom of two said she had embraced this way of living since she was healed of an ulcer at age 19.

Wagner also spends much of her time conducting seminars and retreats across the United States and Europe. Her program, called "Lindsay Wagner's Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart Experiential Workshops and Retreats," aims to help participants live a happy and healthy life.