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

By Sarah Norman | August 1, 2023

Carter sings a duet with Welsh star Tom Jones during a 1979 musical variety show

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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During the seventies, musical variety shows dominated weekend night and holiday programming. Carter, whose passion for music and theatre blended together beautifully in this immensely popular niche, started working behind the scenes. She worked on several television specials in the late 70s, co-writing songs and choreographing showstopping dance routines. Carter also began performing in the specials, taking on supporting roles and performing musical numbers alongside some of the greatest legends of the day like Tom Jones and Kenny Rogers. Along the way, Carter learned the ropes of the production process, skills that she would later come to rely on.

Pumping Iron in 'The New Original Wonder Woman', 1975

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The second season of Wonder Woman was a time of change for the Amazonian warrior princess. The show switched networks from ABC to CBS, bringing Diana Prince into the modern era, and giving us a fresh take on the classic character. Gone were the red, blue, and gold tights, replaced with a sleek white outfit that showed off Diana's warrior spirit (well, just for a little bit at least). The move to Paradise Island was a welcome change too, giving audiences a chance to see the softer side of Diana, as she navigated her new home and the challenges that came with it. It was a bold move, but one that paid off, as the show's fans embraced the new direction, making the second season a must-watch for any fan of the legendary superhero.