Today’ s sci-fi heroines owe a great debt to Jaime Sommers, the pretty young schoolteacher also known as The Bionic Woman. Throughout the ’70s Sommers was an idol to millions, and actress Lindsay Wagner even won an Emmy for the iconic role. But how was the Bionic Woman and her supporting cast created? And what went on behind the scenes of this smash-hit show? Read on to find out…
20. The Bionic Woman was supposed to have died
Jaime Sommers was originally never even intended to become the Bionic Woman. The character started life in Six Billion Dollar Man as Steve’s girlfriend, who actually died after a skydive went wrong and her body didn’t accept her bionic implants. But audiences loved her so much she was brought back from the dead and given her own show!
19. Some inappropriate merchandise was made for the show
The show’s producers were adamant that the Bionic Woman wasn’t to be marketed in the same way as Barbie and other fashion dolls. But some toys did slip through the cracks which positioned Jaime as a fashion model rather than a strong action heroine.