Polar Blair's Den Menu Page
Wende Wagner was
her real name. You may notice that she doesn't look completely
Caucasian. Her exotic looks are due to a blending of French,
German, and Native American heritage. She was always very
athletic; a trait inherited from her parents. Wende's father was
a former Olympic swimming/diving coach who turned Naval
Commander. Her mother was a champion downhill skier. Wende
entered the entertainment industry as a model. Her TV debut came
with a 1959 episode of "Wagon Train". Wende's personality was
more of a free spirit. She preferred things like surfing and
travelling the world over maintaining a steady career.
Fortunately for her, she was able to combine work and play in 1959 when
she became a female stunt double for Lloyd Bridges on TVs "Sea Hunt" as
well as the series "The Aquanauts". This work took her to
tropical places, and Ms. Wagner maintained her stuntwork in movies like
"September Storm" (1960).
It was on the set of "September Storm" that she met
fellow stunt diver and future husband Courtney Brown. He was star
Mark Stevens' stunt double in that film. Brown and Wagner
eventually divorced, but not before having daughter Tiffany.
While married, Wende and family had based their lives in the Bahamas
where most of the filming occurred.
After the divorce, Wende moved back to
Hollywood. She got the part of an Indian girl in the 1964 movie
"Rio Conchos". A few years later she married actor Robert
Mitchum's oldest son James, but this union also ended in divorce.
In 1966 Wende landed the part that most people
fondly remember her for to this day, as secretary Casey in "The Green
Hornet". The show lasted only one season, ending in 1967.
Of the 26 episodes made, she was spotlighted in several, but usually
had bit parts. Her looks and charm, though, made her a memorable
character...and she certainly had a likeable personality. After
"Hornet", Wende did a few more TV appearances and movies until late
1973. Sadly, Wende died at the too-soon-age of 55 on February 26,
1997 of cancer.
Height: 5' 6"
36-22-35 (according to Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Courtney Brown (1960-1963?) (divorced) 1 child, daughter Tiffany
James Mitchum (?-?) (divorced) 1 child, ?
Was a very close friend of actress Sharon Tate.
She used to have an official website at www.wendewagner.org, but sadly
it no longer exists. I am not sure why it was discontinued, but
am fairly certain it remained online as recently as 2003.
Hornet (1966-1967 TV Series): Wende
Wagner as Ms. Lenore "Casey" Case was a big part
of the show's appeal. She wasn't used a whole lot, but
when she was she really sparkled. A lot of people complain about
the fact that she was sparsely used. True, you do always want to
see more of her because she's a good character. However, Casey
WAS just a secretary. We only saw her as much as we did because
she knew Britt Reid was the Green Hornet and acted as his confidant and
ally in fighting crime. Most secretary roles, especially in the
1960s, were nowhere near as distinguished as Casey's importance to "The
Green Hornet". And it's also interesting that we see as much of
her as we do, because she was not really a love interest for the
hero...just a friend. I think all of Wagner's airtime on the show
was well-deserved and she could've been worked in more often, but I
also think that she was shown enough to give us a good idea of the
importance of her character. I watch these shows and enjoy her,
and I don't feel cheated. She did all she could do...and she did