Lindsay Wagner on Teesside to change lives
Nov 11 2008 by Dave Robson, Evening Gazette
From Bionic Woman to self-help specialist, TV icon Lindsay Wagner is onTeesside and hoping to transform lives.
As Jaime Sommers, she was one of TV's most glamorous stars in the 1970s and 80s.
The fictional childhood girlfriend of Six Million Dollar Man Steve Austin, in the show she was surgically rebuilt to give her extraordinary physical powers. It was a role that brought her worldwide fame.
Nowadays, the powers she uses are spiritual, having become a self-help therapist with an accent on spirituality and healing.
An “actress, author and advocate of human potential,” she conducts “Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart” workshops all over the world.
And now she's on Teesside to lead two workshops for carers at the Marton Hotel and Country Club.
For a month or so, a cottage near Saltburn will be her base after Redcar mum Karen Stowe, having met Lindsay at a function in Birmingham, arranged sponsorship for her to come to England.
Karen, of The Ings, has a daughter Sophie, 16, with multiple andcomplex special needs. Meeting Lindsay Wagner, says Karen, transformed their lives.
“I did some work with Lindsay in America over the summer and it has had such a positive effect over me, I thought it would be fantastic for other people to experience it too."
“Nothing about my situation has changed, but Lindsay has helped me change my viewpoint and the choices I make. I'm more able to cope now.”
Lindsay's 59 but, unlike some other showbiz stars, she doesn't shy away from mention of the TV role that transformed her life.
She smiles: “When actors say ‘oh I've moved away from that role', you know what? They'll be saying that for the rest of their life. That show was a big part of my life and I'll always recognise that.”
She's been to England before, twice filming mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford novels. She also enjoyed a family trip to the Cotswolds.
But this is her first stay on Teesside, where she was interested to hear of Redcar's role in Atonement - even though she'd never heard of the film.
And within minutes of meeting her, I'm sitting on a sofa, eye to eye with the Bionic Woman herself, who takes me through ‘tapping' techniques on recognised acupuncture points to help calm a particularly stressful day.
She said: “My goal is to help people make shifts in the perspective they are carrying - to release negative emotions and responses that we can't do anything about.”
Fifteen minutes later, the anxiety I was feeling had reduced. So if she can do that in 15 minutes, who knows what three-day workshops can do for the soul?