60 Photos of Lynda Carter Like You've Never Seen Her Before

By Sarah Norman | December 21, 2023

Lynda Carter's marriage to her manager Ron Samuels ended in divorce four short years later. 

Bursting onto television screens in 1975, Lynda Carter is best known today for her work on Wonder Woman, a television adaptation of DC's first female superhero comic book series. She quickly became a favorite with fans who enjoyed her earnest portrayal of the iconic character, putting her own twist on Wonder Woman's evolution through her work on the series. When the show ended in 1979, Carter moved on to make a name for herself in music, film and television, becoming famous for her elaborately produced, star-studded musical variety shows. 

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Carter married her first husband, Ron Samuels, in 1977 while she was still working on Wonder Woman. Ron was her talent agent and manager, but the marriage was, by Carter's own account, deeply unhappy and only lasted four years. While Carter was married to Samuels, he convinced her to pose for a Pro Arts promotional poster. Pro Arts was the company behind the record-breaking Farah Fawcett Red Swimsuit poster that sold more than 12 million copies. Hoping to replicate that success, Ron directed the shoot himself. Although Carter famously disliked the poster, it fared well, selling over 1 million copies.

When Wonder Woman was syndicated in the early 2000s, Carter found a whole new fan base

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The start of the 2000s saw a resurgence of popular interest in first generation sci-fi and superhero television shows. It was also the golden age of cable, with hundreds of genre specific channels taking over the airwaves. Wonder Woman was syndicated on several of these competing networks, including Syfy, which even then boasted viewership numbers well into the millions. Dedicated science fiction and comic book fans were reintroduced to Lynda Carter, and they were hooked. The show quickly became a new cult classic, and Carter found herself in more demand than ever.