Lynda Carter

Actress & Singer Known as the Star of the 1970s TV Series "Wonder Woman"; Miss World USA 1972

Lynda Carter Biography

Rarely in Hollywood casting history was an actor or actress so perfectly matched to his or her role, as that of Lynda Carter during her run as the Amazon princess on the 1970s hit TV show, "Wonder Woman."

Linda Jean Cordoba Carter was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Mexican and Irish parents. Carter attended Arizona State University. Blessed with an excellent singing voice in addition to her dark, gorgeous looks, Carter fell in love with performing before an audience. Soon after being voted the most talented student on campus, she decided to quit school to embark on a career in music.

After a year spent touring as a singer with several rock bands, Carter felt burned-out, and in 1972, returned to Phoenix to debate what direction to take her life. Later that summer, Carter entered a local beauty contest at the urging of friends -- an event would forever change her life. As Miss Arizona, Carter competed and won the title of Miss World USA 1972. On the crest of national fame, Carter went on to represent the United States in the even higher stakes Miss World pageant. Unfortunately, despite a narrow finish, Carter did not go home with the crown.

Little did it matter. Never very interested in being a beauty queen anyway, the title of Miss World USA gave Carter a foot in the acting door. After moving to New York City that same year, Carter enrolled in acting classes and before long, began popping up on a handful of hit shows, including "Starsky & Hutch," "Matt Helm" and Bill Cosby's sketch comedy/variety show, "Cos." In addition, she also made her first movie, a low-budget western called Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw.

But it was not until she landed her breakthrough role of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the TV series "Wonder Woman," which aired from 1975 to 1979, that Carter became a household name. While this was Carter's first television pilot, it was the second for Wonder Woman. The original, a low-budget movie, had aired the year prior and starred athlete-turned-actress Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role.

From 1975 to 77 on ABC, and then from 1977 to 79 on CBS, Carter played the DC character to the hilt -- spinning in circles, using her magic bracelets to deflect bullets, and lassoing suspects to get the truth out of them. "The 'New' Original Wonder Woman" was an instant hit, particularly among young viewers. Set in a stylized version of the early 1940s, the show incorporated a heavy helping of comic book cliches and contemporary 1970s kitsch to create a show that appealed to younger audiences.

Her earnest performance endeared her to fans and critics alike. Taking the role seriously -- but not too seriously -- Carter made Wonder Woman a respectable role model for a generation of children. Decades later, Carter still enjoyed a special icon status in the gay and lesbian community, particularly among Gen-Xers.

After a lengthy sabbatical from the spotlight for much of the 1980s and 1990s -- during which time she left Hollywood and started a family -- Carter returned to the public eye in the mid-2000s with a vengeance, appearing in a number of high-profile roles, including "The Dukes of Hazzard" and the family comedy "Sky High." On television, Carter guest-starred in a two-part storyline that began on "Law & Order" and concluded on its sister series, "Law & Order: SVU." From September to November 2005, Carter made her first appearance on stage, portraying Matron "Mama" Morton in the London production of "Chicago." year also marked the actress' first appearance on stage, when she won the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton in the West End production of "Chicago."

In 2006, she guest-starred in the made-for-cable vampire film Slayer. The following year, Carter returned to the DC Comics' television world in the "Smallville" episode "Progeny," playing Chloe Sullivan's Kryptonite-empowered mother.

Carter has also been a voice actress, lending her voice to video games including The Elder Scrolls series.

In May 2007, Carter began touring the U.S. with her one-woman musical cabaret show, "An Evening with Lynda Carter." She has played engagements at such venues as Feinstein's At Loews Regency in New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Plush Room in San Francisco and The Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. In June 2009, her second album, At Last, was released and reached #10 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.

In a 2008 interview with People magazine, Carter stated that she had in the past entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of alcoholism and that she had been sober for nearly 10 years at that point.

In June 2011, Carter released her third album, Crazy Little Things, which she describes as a delightful mix of standards, country and pop tunes. In 2018, Carter released her fourth album, Red Rock N' Blues.

On April 3, 2018, Carter received a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2003, Carter revealed that her mother had suffered from IBS for over 30 years, resulting in Carter touring the country as an advocate and spokesperson.

Carter is also a staunch advocate and supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, pro-choice rights for women and legal equality for LGBTQ people. She was the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Phoenix Pride & 2011 New York Pride Parades, as well as the 2013 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C.

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Lynda Carter Videos

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