Electra Waggoner Biggs

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Electra Waggoner Biggs
Born November 8, 1912
Died April 23, 2001(2001-04-23) (aged 88)
Resting place West Hill Cemetery, Sherman Texas
Occupation Sculptor
Spouse(s) 2, including John Biggs
Children Electra, Helen
Parent(s) E. Paul Waggoner
Helen Waggoner
Relatives Daniel Waggoner (paternal great-grandfather)
William Thomas Waggoner (paternal grandfather)
Harlow H. Curtice (brother-in-law)
Gene Willingham (son-in-law)

Electra Waggoner Biggs (November 8, 1912 – April 23, 2001) was an American socialite and sculptor from Texas.


Biggs was born on November 8, 1912. She was named after her late aunt, Electra Waggoner.[1] Her father, E. Paul Waggoner, was an heir to the Waggoner Ranch in Texas.[2] Her mother Helen was a socialite.[2]

Biggs became a renowned sculptor.[2] Her works include a statue, Riding Into the Sunset, of actor Will Rogers on his horse Soapsuds.[1] A large collection of her works can be found at the Red River Valley Museum in Vernon, Texas.[3]

She died on April 23, 2001.

Personal life[edit]

Biggs married twice.[2] Her second husband, John Biggs, worked for International Paper.[2] They had two daughters, Electra and Helen.[2][4] Helen married Gene Willingham, who became a controlling shareholder of the Waggoner Ranch.[2]

Biggs' brother-in-law, Harlow H. Curtice, President of the Buick Division of General Motors, named the Buick Electra after her.[1][2]


Most of the sculptures Biggs created were portraits. They include:[5]


  1. ^ a b c Waggoners History
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Gary Cartwright, Showdown at Waggoner Ranch, Texas Monthly, January 2004
  3. ^ Red River Valley Museum: Electra Waggoner Biggs
  4. ^ "Miss Electra Biggs To Marry in Spring". New York Times. November 19, 1967. Retrieved 2015-02-24. 
  5. ^ Porter, Roze McCoy, ‘‘Electra II: Electra Waggoner Biggs, Socialite, Sculptor, Ranch Heiress’’, Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, Texas, 1995