60 Photos of Lynda Carter Like You've Never Seen Her Before
By Sarah Norman | September 5, 2023
Carter worked with legendary comedian Don Rickles on a nationwide ad campaign for Diet 7Up
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.
During her time on Wonder Woman, Carter also focused on numerous other creative projects, compiling a diverse portfolio of work. Thanks to her role on Wonder Woman as well as her national fame as a recent winner of Miss World, Carter was highly sought after for promotional work. In 1977, she signed a prestigious modeling contract with Maybelline. By 1979 when Wonder Woman ended, she was appearing on television commercials, including a huge campaign for Diet 7Up with Don Rickles. As the seventies drew to a close, Carter's star was still firmly on the rise.
Pumping Iron in 'The New Original Wonder Woman', 1975
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.
Carter, one of three children, has a brother, Vincent, and a sister, Pamela
Born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona, Lynda Jean Cordova Carter showed an innate talent for music and dancing from a very young age. Carter came from a diverse cultural background and, along with her siblings, was exposed to both Latin and European music growing up. Her mother, Juanita Cordova, was of Spanish, French and Mexican heritage, while her father, Colby Carter, had a Scots, Irish and English background. At the age of five, Carter was chosen to perform on Lew King's Talent Show, a nationally syndicated program. It was the start of a long and very successful career.
In 2022, Carter noted that she started performing at a young age, even if it was just for her family:
I actually started, like many of us do, making up shows and things and making my poor family sit there through the four acts of a play or musical. I sang in everything I possibly could. Like, 'I’ll do it!' Then I joined a band at 14 and was singing in bands until I was 17.
Carter's first variety show drew in huge audiences and was a massive ratings success
Her impressive performance in Wonder Woman and her reputation as a talented singer and dancer led to immediate offers for Carter to star in her own musical variety shows. They were conceived as one-off television specials, allowing Carter to have a greater hand in writing, directing and producing her own shows, a rarity for women in 70s Hollywood. Carter's first show was called Lynda Carter's Special. Airing in January 1980, just one month before Carter's appearance on The Muppet Show, it featured country superstar Kenny Rogers and Australian pop sensation Leo Sayer as special guests.
Carter sings a duet with Welsh star Tom Jones during a 1979 musical variety show
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.
Carter didn't have to wait long to get her start in television, landing her first role in 1974
After spending most of 1973 carrying out her Miss World duties, Carter moved to New York. Finally ready to follow her dream, she enrolled in acting lessons at some of the most prestigious schools in the city. Along the way, she crossed paths with other young actors who would one day become big names in the industry, such as Lee Moonves, the future president of CBS. The acting lessons paid off pretty quickly. Carter landed her first role in 1974 on Nakia, a ground-breaking police procedural that centered around a Native American cop working in a small New Mexico city.
Carter gives a tour de force performance in the 1983 biopic, Rita Hayworth: A Love Goddess
Carter landed her next lead role when she was cast in the 1983 television biopic, Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess. Playing the titular role, Carter impressed audiences with her sensitive portrayal of Hayworth's tumultuous life. Fans also loved Michael Lerner's unflinching portrayal of domineering and manipulative studio exec, Harry Cohn, who controlled Hayworth while she worked for him. Touching as it did on Hayworth's unhappy marriages to Orson Welles and Prince Aly Khan of the Pakistani Nizari royal family, the movie attracted large audiences, drawn in by their intense curiosity about these larger-than-life Hollywood figures.
Carter was replaced by Colleen Camp in an iconic scene from Apocalypse Now
As her fame grew, Carter received more calls for movie auditions, mostly for small roles or cameo parts. In 1979, Carter was cast in Apocalypse Now as one of the Playboy bunnies who have to escape a USO performance by helicopter when the overly excited soldiers rush the stage. Carter was all set to shoot her scenes, but a storm battered the Philippines right before Coppola was due to start filming, decimating the carefully constructed sets. Carter couldn't wait for them to be rebuilt. She had to get back to filming what would be the final season of Wonder Woman.
Miss Piggy appears as Wonder Pig in a sassy homage to Carter's Wonder Woman
By the time Wonder Woman ended, Carter had already begun to make a name for herself in a diverse array of entertainment industry niches. She was well-liked, quickly earning a reputation for being a committed performer who was easy to work with. Her first television role after Wonder Woman ended was a guest spot on The Muppet Show, which aired on February 22, 1980. The Muppet Show had a regular viewership well into the millions across more than 100 countries. Carter's performance was nothing short of a triumph and won her a new fan base from around the world.
Cloris Leachman as the Queen of Themyscira alongside Carter as the Amazon Princess Diana, 1975
Carter was over the moon to get the job. She later recalled that at the time, she was down to her last 25 dollars. Filming on the feature-length pilot started almost immediately and The New Original Wonder Woman was released on November 7, 1975. Unlike its predecessor, it was an instant hit. Audiences and critics loved Carter's performance which rang true to the way the character was originally written in the Marvel comics. Elated by the pilot's success, ABC ordered two more film length television episodes which aired in April 1976, followed by an order for a further 11 short episodes. However, Carter was warned by producers that there would be pit falls to playing a character like Wonder Woman. She told Glamour:
At the time, there were no pretty women in leading roles on TV, just funny women like Carol Burnett and then Laverne and Shirley. The producers said, 'Now, you understand women aren't going to like you because you're sexy.' But I tried to play the part for real. This is what her life is—she's just trying to do the right thing. I loved everything about playing her, and I never once thought she'd remain iconic for 40 years!
Carter and Anderson on the set of their short-lived detective show, Partners in Crime
In 1984, Carter returned to television with her first lead role in a series since Wonder Woman. Costarring Loni Anderson, Partners in Crime was an early iteration of the female-led detective show genre which is now so common. It follows the adventures of two women who become amateur detectives when they get dragged into investigating the murder of their mutual ex-husband. Cancelled after only 13 episodes, Partners in Crime aired in the fall of 1984 on NBC. Although it was cancelled somewhat prematurely, critics praised both Carter's and Anderson's performances, with fans in America and the UK responding positively.
Posing Pretty in Stripes, 1970's
Lynda Carter is so much more than a pretty face, not that we mind looking at it! She's got it all - the beauty, the brains, the voice. Lynda's been singing from the start, performing multiple different songs during beauty pageants before the start of her Hollywood career. Her signature song on the pageant stage was "When Will I Be Loved" by The Everly Brothers, but she also performed "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes and "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern. Little did she know that she would soon be moving on to an iconic role as Wonder Woman, and even getting to sing two songs in the 1979 episode, "Amazon Hot Wax".
When Wonder Woman was syndicated in the early 2000s, Carter found a whole new fan base
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.
By the time this high school yearbook photo was taken, Carter was already a working musician
By the time Carter was in high school, she was already a talented singer, keen to pursue a career in music. Her first band, formed with three friends from school, was called Just Us. Influenced by their shared heritage, the band performed Latin-inspired percussive music. They used an eclectic mix of instruments including the African marimba and the Afro-Cuban conga drum, along with acoustic guitar and the double bass. They played a few school dances but didn't stay together long. At the age of 15, Carter snagged her first professional gig, singing for tips at a local pizza joint.
Carter's first professional gig came when she was 16 and started touring with The Relatives
When she was just 16, Carter went on tour for the first time, joining her cousins' band, The Relatives. Their drummer was none other than Gary Burghoff, who would later gain worldwide fame for his role on M.A.S.H. Carter moved to Las Vegas with the band for three months, where they were booked as the opening act at Las Vegas' famous Sahara Hotel and Casino Lounge. Carter recalls having to surreptitiously make her way to the stage via the kitchen entrance so as not to break the rules against minors being in a casino. In 2016, Carter told the New York Times:
We were just a local band. I was doing some writing and plugging along, as every other girl who goes to L.A. does, and then I finally got Wonder Woman.
Carter appears on the liner notes for It's a Sure Thing although she left the band years earlier
Carter completed high school after her stint with The Relatives, starting college at Arizona State University that fall. She didn't stay long. Soon after she arrived, she won the title of "Most Talented" at a college competition. Encouraged by the surprise win, Carter quit college to pursue her real passion, a career in music and entertainment, and started auditioning for local bands. Soon after, in 1970, she was hired as lead vocalist by the newly formed group, The Garfin Gathering. After going on tour with the band in Nevada for two years, Carter quit to focus on acting.
Carter, as Miss World USA, visits the National Naval Medical Center with Bob Hope and his troupe
As the new Miss World USA, Carter was contracted to carry out a year-long series of nationwide engagements and media appearances, acting as a goodwill ambassador for the Miss World organization. Her duties included bringing awareness to charitable organizations, giving speeches promoting humanitarian causes, and supporting fundraising events. Each Miss World winner also has to choose a cause that is important to her to focus on as part of her duties. Carter chose the care of wounded veterans returning from the still running Vietnam War, one of the deadliest and most destructive conflicts of the 20th century.
Lynda Carter's marriage to her manager Ron Samuels ended in divorce four short years later
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.
Carter's first album, Portrait, was released in 1978 and featured original songs written by her
As her acting career flourished, Carter turned her attention to her first love, music. In 1978, she recorded a studio album, Portrait. Released in May of that year, Carter's debut album was a mix of original music and popular covers. It received a generally positive review, with critics agreeing that Carter had enough talent to be considered a serious musician. Two of her original songs from Portrait were featured on the imaginatively titled Amazon Hot Wax, a late season episode of Wonder Woman. Carter sang the songs herself, delighting audiences, many of whom were unaware of her musical talents. Carter later explained:
The funny thing is, once I started pursuing acting I was told not to tell anyone I was a singer because no one was interested in singers who wanted to act. So I didn’t tell anyone, and then after I had been acting for a while and began to search for a record deal people said, 'Oh, here’s another actor who thinks she can sing!'
1975 was a busy year for Carter as she embarked on a new career in voice acting
Carter also made her first foray into voiceover work around this time. Up until the mid-70s, men provided the vast majority of voiceovers, for everything from radio and television ads to newsreels and film trailers. Carter broke this male-dominated trend by becoming the first woman to ever record a voiceover for a movie trailer. In 1975, she was contracted to work on the promotional materials for The Drowning Pool, a dark and gritty thriller starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Although the movie wasn't a huge critical success, Carter's involvement opened up doors for women in voice acting.
CBS' adaptation of beloved fictional detective Mike Hammer was widely criticized by fans
Although Carter focused primarily on her family in the late 80s, she did take on a couple of movie roles. In 1989, she played the lead female protagonist in Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All, a CBS television movie adapted from the best-selling Mike Hammer novels by Mickey Spillane. The reviews were generally poor. While Carter's performance was praised, critics were put off by the crawling pace, poor story adaptation, and lead actor Stacy Keach's distracting portrayal of Hammer. Mostly notable for a small appearance by a young and completely unknown Jim Carrey, the movie was quickly and quietly shelved.
Carter fiercely defended second husband, Robert A. Altman during his scandalous fraud trial
Carter starred in seven more television movies over the next decade, averaging one or two a year. However, she took a break from acting in 1992 to focus on her family in the midst of her husband's trial for financial fraud and money laundering. Altman's trial stemmed from a multinational investigation into the secret dealings of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. It was a shocking financial scandal and Altman's trial generated great public interest. When he was acquitted in 1993, Carter famously embraced him in front of a scrum of reporters, jubilantly shouting "Not guilty! Not guilty!".
Shot in British Columbia, Hawkeye was a visually stunning production that won critical acclaim
With the trial behind her, Carter returned to acting with a passion. She immediately got to work on what would be her only feature film of the decade. Released in 1993, Lightning Bolt failed to impress audiences and Carter herself disliked the finished product. The next year, Carter was cast as Elizabeth Shields in the new TV series Hawkeye. Based on James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, the plot revolves around Elizabeth's efforts to free her husband from his French captors with the help of Hawkeye, Cooper's famous protagonist. Despite critical acclaim, Hawkeye was canceled after only one season.
With her piercing blue eyes, Carter was the ideal spokeswoman for corporate giant, Lens Express
The 90s also saw Carter expand her career with a resumption of her voiceover work, narrating the audiobook version of Sandra Brown's suspenseful romance thriller, Where There's Smoke. She also signed a lucrative new endorsement deal with eyecare giant Lens Express, better known today as 1-800-Contacts. However, Carter focused most of her efforts on her passion project, the creation of her own company, Potomac Productions, established on March 16, 1999. By the time the 90s came to a close, Carter was firmly established as a successful actress and musician, and the coming decade would only see her career expand.
Carter vowed audiences with her big return to the silver screen in The Dukes of Hazzard remake
What followed was a decade of almost non-stop work in television and video game voiceovers, mostly on the Elder Scrolls series. She also worked on several independent and low budget movies during the 2000s that became cult classics, including the police comedy Super Troopers. One of her most memorable roles from this period was as a rundown ex-beauty queen in the hilariously dark 2004 comedy horror, The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park. However, Carter's biggest role of the decade came in the blockbuster 2005 remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, playing Uncle Jesse's love interest, Pauline Powers.
Carter's 2009 studio album, At Last, won rave reviews, climbing to No. 10 on the charts
After filming for The Dukes of Hazzard wrapped, Carter returned to her musical and theater roots. She headed to London, where she starred as Mama Morton in a West End production of Chicago. After a two-year tour for An Evening with Lynda Carter, her one-woman cabaret, she went back to recording music, releasing her first new album in decades. At Last, released in 2009, soared to No. 10 on the U.S. Billboards in the jazz category. Her latest album, Red Rock n' Blues, was released in 2018. Carter continues to tour and perform music with her band.
Carter's family were instrumental in her recovery from alcohol addiction
Throughout her stellar career, Carter had her own struggles to deal with, particularly a years-long battle with alcoholism. She finally entered rehab in 1998 with the encouragement and support of her husband, Robert. Sober now for over 20 years, Carter credits the love of her family with her recovery, admitting that she still works daily on her sobriety. She told People:
I was so good at hiding [her alcoholism]. My husband asked me … ‘Can’t you just stop this for the children and for me?’ I needed help – I begged God in heaven to help me figure this out.
Today, Carter travels the country talking about the crucial role of family acceptance and support in achieving and maintaining sobriety. In 2021, Carter lost her beloved husband to myelofibrosis, a rare and aggressive form of bone marrow cancer.
Carter assumes her famous Wonder Woman pose as she accepts her Star on the Walk of Fame
A longtime activist, Carter advocates for the LGBTQIA+ community, serving as the Grand Marshal for the New York and D.C. Pride Parades in 2011. She also campaigns for abortion rights and helps fundraise for the Susan G. Komen Fund among others. On April 3, 2018, Carter was honored with her own Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of her immense contribution to film and television over the years. With her epic work in the first female-driven superhero show on television, Carter opened the door for all the female action heroes that came after her.
Lynda Carter, UK, 22nd November 1972 Representing the United States in the Miss World 1972 Pageant
Lynda Carter is a well-known actress and singer, best known for her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series. However, before she became a household name, she was a beauty pageant queen. In 1972, Carter traveled to the UK to compete for the title of Miss World as Miss United States. It was a surprising turn of events for Carter, who never envisioned herself in the pageant world. However, after her musical career fell apart, she found herself in the world of pageants and discovered that she had a natural talent for performing on stage. Her beauty and charm captivated audiences, and her journey to Miss World was the start of her remarkable career in the entertainment industry.
Lynda Carter Jogging Along Park Lane in London
Lynda Carter became an international icon after her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series. The show was a massive hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom, turning Carter into a household name. After her success on the series, Carter visited London where she was met with adoration and excitement from fans. Her performance as Wonder Woman had made her a beloved figure in the city and across the country. Everywhere she went, she was greeted by throngs of fans eager to catch a glimpse of their superhero. Carter's visit was a testament to the global reach of her stardom and the enduring popularity of this beloved character that she brought to the screen.
Up Up and Away
The second season of Wonder Woman, also known as "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman." It was a time of change for the iconic Amazonian princess. Despite good ratings on ABC, the period piece aspect of the show proved to be too much of a leap for some viewers, leading to its eventual move to CBS. But with the move came a new era, as the setting shifted from the 1940s to the groovy and liberated 1970s. This change was accompanied by a shift in the show's narrative, as Diana Prince traded in her international intrigue for a more detective/action-oriented storyline. It was a bold move, but one that proved successful, as audiences tuned in to see their favorite superhero in a new light. The second season of Wonder Woman may have been different from the first, but it was just as exciting and, most importantly, kept Lynda Carter front and center for fans of the series.
Carter Gets Physical on 'Wonder Woman'
Look at Wonder Woman go! This still is from the "pilot" episode of season 2, which essentially re-told the story of the original pilot, was the perfect introduction for new viewers, as it brought Diana Prince back to the "man's world" in a fresh and exciting way. The plot was delightfully silly, as the son of Steve Trevor was involved in a plane crash over Paradise Island, leading Diana to team up with Trevor Jr. to fight crime in the modern day. It may have been a bit over-the-top, but it was exactly what CBS needed to bring the character to a new audience and assure fans who had followed the show from ABC that they were in safe hands. The return of Wonder Woman to the mainland may have been filled with nostalgia, but it was also a refreshing reminder of why audiences fell in love with the character in the first place.
Off to the Races Against Darleen Carr on 'Battle of the Network Stars, 1976
The summer of 1976 had it all! It was the bicentennial, the ABA and the NBA merged, and it featured Lynda Carter's appearance on Battle of the Network Stars. She was fresh off the success of season one of Wonder Woman and ready to take on the competition. The Battle of the Network Stars was a classic example of television networks filling their summertime schedule with new programming that wasn't too expensive to produce, but it was also a whole lot of fun for audiences. Watching their favorite stars compete in track and field events was a treat, and it was a chance for fans to see their beloved actors in a new light. Lynda Carter's participation in the Battle of the Network Stars was a testament to her versatility and athleticism, and it was a moment that Wonder Woman fans will never forget. The summer of 1976 may have been a time of change for television, but it was also a time of fun, laughter, and nostalgia for audiences who tuned in to see their favorite stars in action.
Starsky and Hutch - "The Las Vegas Strangler", 1976
The year? 1976. The star? Lynda Carter. The country was in the midst of its bicentennial celebration, gas was only 59 cents a gallon, and Lynda Carter was the queen of primetime television. Her portrayal of Wonder Woman had already captured the hearts of millions, and when she appeared as "Vicky" on a two-part episode of Starsky and Hutch, it was a moment of pure excitement for fans. People couldn't get enough of her and tuned in every week just to see her fight for justice and truth in her iconic red, white, and blue costume. And now, here she was, in a guest role on another popular TV show, bringing her larger-than-life presence to a new audience. It was like a little slice of heaven for Wonder Woman fans to see her in a different context, showing off her acting chops and proving that she was more than just a superhero. It was a moment that solidified Lynda Carter's place in pop culture history, and it's a memory that will forever bring a smile to our faces.
Lynda Carter and Ron Samuels during Salute to Elizabeth Taylor and Jack Warner by Jewish National Fund Banquet at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States
1977 was a big year for Lynda Carter. Not only was she continuing to dominate the small screen as the legendary Wonder Woman, but she also made headlines as a newlywed. She married her former manager, Ron Samuels, who was also managing other big names in the entertainment industry such as Lindsay Wagner, Evel Knievel, and Charo. Talk about a power couple! The two of them were the epitome of the 70s glamour, and everyone wanted to know more about their relationship. They were together for six years and were often seen walking the red carpet arm in arm, showing the world that true love and professional success could go hand in hand. It was a time when the world was captivated by their story and couldn't get enough of their charming personalities. While their marriage ultimately didn't last, their impact on pop culture remains, and their time together is remembered as a magical moment in entertainment history.
Gilda Radner poses with Presenter Lynda Carter after winning Best Supporting Actress in Variety or Music. For 'Saturday Night Live' at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards, 1978
In 1978, Lynda Carter was everywhere you looked. She was the epitome of a television star, and her fame had reached new heights. It was a time when people couldn't get enough of her, and her popularity was soaring. Not only was she gracing our screens every week as the legendary Wonder Woman, but she was also a presenter at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards, adding yet another feather to her already impressive cap. It was a major moment for her, and everyone was talking about it. To add to her already impressive list of achievements, she was even nominated for a Primetime Emmy, a testament to her talent and hard work. And if that wasn't enough, she was making appearances on television as herself, showing the world that she was just as captivating off-screen as she was on-screen. It was a year that solidified Lynda Carter's place in pop culture history, and her impact on the entertainment industry will never be forgotten.
Lynda Carter Attends a Knock Out Dinner at Chasen's in Los Angeles with Muhammad Ali, 1979
1979 was a year of change for Lynda Carter. After three seasons of playing the iconic Wonder Woman, the show came to an abrupt end on CBS. But Carter wasn't one to sit idly by, and she quickly shifted her focus to her musical career. She had always had a love for music, and it was a natural progression for her to use her talent and popularity to explore this side of her creativity. She was so famous at the time that it was only natural for her to be seen having dinner with the legendary Muhammad Ali, showing the world that she was a force to be reckoned with both on and off-screen. It was a time of transition, but Carter's star was shining brighter than ever, and she proved that she was more than just a superhero. She was a true entertainment powerhouse, and her impact on pop culture would continue to grow in the years to come.
Lynda Carter Presenting at the 1980 American Music Awards
1980 was a year of reinvention for Lynda Carter. With Wonder Woman firmly in her past, she was ready to showcase her many talents to the world. This was an era where she starred in her own television specials that were reminiscent of the old-time variety shows. She was the host, singer, and dancer all rolled into one, and she was unstoppable. Her specials were a hit, and she was finally able to show the world that she was so much more than just Wonder Woman. She was a true triple threat, and her ability to perform and entertain was unmatched. It was a time when she was determined to prove that she was more than just a superhero and that she was capable of doing it all. Her popularity continued to soar, and her impact on pop culture was stronger than ever. She was a true icon, and her legacy as a performer would continue to inspire future generations.
Lynda Carter With Her escort Kim Patak, Meeting the Pink Panther at the VIP screening of 'Trial of the Pink Panther' at MGM Studios, California, November 1982
1982 was a year of living life to the fullest for Lynda Carter. She was attending premieres, exploring new opportunities, and soaking up all that life had to offer. It was at this time that she made a stylish appearance at the premiere of The Trial of the Pink Panther. While it's not entirely clear why she was there, one thing is for sure - she was living life, and that's what mattered. Carter was at the height of her fame and her popularity was showing no signs of slowing down. She was the epitome of a TV star and her presence at the premiere was a testament to her impact on pop culture. Her fans were always excited to see her, and she was always ready to deliver a show-stopping performance. Whether she was on stage or at a premiere, Lynda Carter was always living life to the fullest, and that's what made her so special.
A Fresh Faced Lynda Carter, 1960s
Growing up in Arizona in the 1960s was a time of growth and discovery for Lynda Carter. She was already on her way to stardom, and her musical talents were in high demand. As a teenager, she had a thriving career as a singer, performing with touring bands before she had even graduated high school. In 1970, she made the bold decision to drop out of Arizona State University to take a spot as a member of The Garfin Gathering, a band that had a regular gig at the Holiday Inn Chinatown in San Francisco. This was a time of adventure and excitement for Carter, as she was forging her own path and making a name for herself in the music world. Her voice was powerful, and her stage presence was electrifying. It was clear even then that she was destined for greatness, and her impact on pop culture was just beginning. This was the start of her journey, and her fans would follow her every step of the way.
We've Got One Word For This Photo: Wow
The 1980s was a time of new opportunities for Lynda Carter. She was known for her iconic role as Wonder Woman, but she was ready to branch out and explore new avenues. That's why when Maybelline Cosmetics came calling, she answered with a resounding yes. Carter was the perfect face for the brand, and she was the epitome of beauty, grace, and strength.
As a celebrity model, she brought her signature charisma and style to the forefront, and her fans were in awe of her beauty. She was a true icon, and her fans loved her just as much for her stunning looks as they did for her powerful acting skills. With her stunning features and her fierce determination, Carter was the perfect embodiment of the Maybelline brand, and she was the ultimate role model for women everywhere. Carter said of ability to remain feminine while kicking buns as Wonder Woman:
Wonder Woman was soft and feminine in her own way. I tried to give her a sense of humor and vulnerability. I’m a lot more vulnerable than she ever was, that’s for sure. She may not have been a really believable character, but at least Wonder Woman didn’t wear a mask like Batman. My attitude was that she couldn’t help what she was, and I tried to make her behave as a normal person despite her special powers.
She's All Smiles on Battle of the Network Stars
1976 was a year of new adventures for Lynda Carter. With her star power as Wonder Woman at an all-time high, she was ready to show off her athleticism and competitive spirit. So, when she was invited to be one of the actors on the debut episode of Battle of the Network Stars, she didn't hesitate. The taping took place at the scenic sports facilities of Pepperdine University near Malibu, California, and the atmosphere was electric. Carter was a part of the ABC team, which was led by the hilarious Gabe Kaplan, and also included Farrah Fawcett, Penny Marshall, and Ron Howard. It was a dream team, and they were ready to take on all comers. And, in true Carter fashion, she brought her A-game, showing off her athletic prowess and competitiveness. The ABC team ended up winning the event, and it was a moment that will always be remembered as one of the highlights of Lynda Carter's career. She was truly unstoppable, and she proved that she was more than just a pretty face, she was a true champion.
Wowing Carson on The Tonight Show
Ah, 1975. It was the year that Lynda Carter's life changed forever. After years of singing and modeling, she landed the role of a lifetime as Wonder Woman. Suddenly, Carter was everywhere, gracing the cover of magazines, appearing on talk shows, and making every little girl want to twirl in a red, white, and blue suit. And what better way to showcase this new, iconic character than by appearing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson? With her stunning beauty, charming personality, and infectious smile, Carter was the perfect representation of the Amazonian princess, and fans couldn't get enough of her. It's no wonder she quickly became a household name and a true icon of the 1970s.
The Two Amazons: Brooke Shields and Lynda Carter
Welcome to the 80s. The decade of big hair, neon colors, and even bigger careers for TV stars. And Lynda Carter was no exception. In the midst of it all, she starred alongside the equally stunning Loni Anderson in the crime series Partners in Crime. With her newfound experience and wisdom, Carter was more than happy to take the next generation of actresses under her wing. It's not surprising that she and the young Brooke Shields would develop a close friendship during this time. After all, who wouldn't want a mentor like the Amazonian Princess herself? It's moments like these that make us remember why Carter will always be a true icon of pop culture.
Wonder Woman and Wonder Pig
In 1980, Lynda Carter was nothing less of a household name and she could do no wrong. And what better way to solidify her pop culture reign than by appearing on the beloved children's show, The Muppet Show. In this particular episode, she brought her signature charm and sass to help the Muppets become superheroes, only to have things turn into a wild and hilarious disaster. The episode ended with Carter belting out a classic tune, "Orange Colored Sky" by Nat King Cole, and we can only imagine the Muppets were left in awe of her singing talent. This guest appearance is a delightful blast from the past that reminds us just how versatile and talented Lynda Carter truly is.
Talking Strategy on Battle of the Network Stars
In the glory days of 1976 Lynda Carter's legendary athletic prowess was put on full display on Battle of the Network Stars. It was a time when televisions stars showed off their physical abilities, and Carter didn't disappoint. She was like a superhero come to life, effortlessly gliding through the swimming competition, effortlessly navigating the obstacle course, and of course, effortlessly leading her team to victory with the tug of war. It was a true showcase of her strength and grace, proving that she was not just a television star but a true force of nature. To this day, fans of the show still talk about her incredible performance and how she single-handedly carried her team to the top. Carter may have been best known for playing Wonder Woman on TV, but on Battle of the Network Stars, she was the real-life hero we all needed.
Smiling for the Cameras with a Lovely Milton Berle Backstage at 'Bob Hope Buys NBC?'
It's always a treat to see Lynda Carter showcase her versatility and range, and her appearance on the 1985 comedy special Bob Hope Buys NBC? is a perfect example of that. Surrounded by legends like Milton Berle, Lucille Ball, Michael J. Fox, and Dean Martin, Carter held her own and showed off her comedic chops. She had already proven herself as a pop culture icon with her role as Wonder Woman, but it's her ability to adapt and excel in different genres that truly sets her apart. It's a testament to her talent and her place in the pantheon of entertainment greats.
An Outlaw and a Queen
Lynda Carter, the legendary Wonder Woman, is not just a superhero on screen but a true powerhouse in the music industry. Her performance with Merle Haggard in 1980 was a match made in country heaven, showcasing her versatility and vocal range. The duet "What's a Little Love Between Friends" may not have been a chart-topper, but it definitely left a lasting impression on fans who were lucky enough to witness their dynamic performance. Carter's hosting of her own TV special, Lynda Carter: Encore, only solidified her status as a multi-talented performer and a true icon of pop culture. Nearly 40 years later, we're still talking about this amazing moment, and it's a testament to Carter's timeless charm and charisma.
Cloris Leachman and Lynda Carter in the Pilot For 'Wonder Woman'
Who could forget the pilot episode of the iconic Wonder Woman series, where Lynda Carter made her debut as the legendary Amazonian Princess? But let's not forget the equally impressive performance by the one and only Cloris Leachman as Queen Hippolyta, the mother to Carter's Diana. Talk about a powerhouse duo!
This early pairing of these two talented actresses set the stage for what would become a classic series, and their chemistry as mother and daughter was simply electric. Leachman's long and illustrious career is filled with memorable performances, but her turn as Queen Hippolyta will always hold a special place in the hearts of Wonder Woman fans everywhere. When Leachman passed in 2021, Carter wrote on her Instagram:
Cloris Leachman was queen of the Amazons and a queen of industry, breaking barriers and inspiring women in film and TV for decades. She was a sweet TV mom and a riot to work with. I will miss you, along with the smiles and laughter you brought everywhere you went, Cloris.
Lynda Carter and her Bunny, or Rather Buddy, Bob Hope
1987 was a big year for Lynda Carter, and her appearance on the Bob Hope special, Bob Hope With His Easter Bunnies and Other Friends, was truly a moment to remember. Sharing the stage with the likes of Vanna White, Carter proved once again that she was a true triple threat, capable of acting, singing, and even playing the role of a psychiatrist for the Easter Bunny! Her performance in the main sketch was both hilarious and heartwarming, and when she revealed her own tail, it was a delightful surprise for the audience. And then there's that memorable rendition of "Great Balls of Fire", a song that truly showcased Carter's fiery vocal chops. This special may have aired over three decades ago, but the memory of Carter's incredible performance still burns bright in the hearts of fans everywhere.
Lynda Carter At The Victory Awards Gala, 1988
1988 was a year of transition for Lynda Carter, as she took a break from acting but remained a familiar face to audiences thanks to her role as the face of Maybelline. Whether you were flipping through the pages of a magazine or watching TV, there was no escaping the stunning visage of the former Wonder Woman. Carter's partnership with Maybelline elevated her status as a pop culture icon and proved that she was much more than just a superhero on screen. This was a time when Carter's star power was at its peak, and her magnetic presence and beauty captivated audiences everywhere. It's clear that even when she wasn't actively acting, Carter's impact on pop culture was undeniable, and her association with Maybelline only solidified her status as a true icon.
Phyllis George, host of PEOPLE, interviews Lynda Carter. Hollywood, CA. September 30, 1978
1978 was a banner year for Lynda Carter, as the world was still in thrall to her portrayal of Wonder Woman on the hit TV series. With the show's successful move to CBS, Carter's star was on the rise and she was a sought-after guest on variety television shows. Her performances on these shows were always a treat, as she wowed audiences with her singing, dancing, and overall showmanship. But Carter wasn't content to just be known as Wonder Woman - she was determined to showcase her many talents, and that's exactly what she did with the release of her solo album "Portrait" on Epic Records. Two of the songs from the album even made their way into the 1979 episode of Wonder Woman entitled "Amazon Hot Wax". This woman was unstoppable in the 1970s!
Comedian and television personality Des O'Connor and actress Lynda Carter pictured performing together, September 21st 1980
1980 was a year of new adventures for Lynda Carter, and her appearance on the long-running UK chat show Des O'Connor Tonight was certainly one for the books. Carter had already proven her mettle as an actress, singer, and performer, but her duet with host Des O'Connor on "The Very Thought of You" was truly something special. This performance was a testament to Carter's versatility and ability to let loose and just sing her heart out. With her stunning voice and confident stage presence, Carter proved that she was a true star, and her appearance on Des O'Connor Tonight only further cemented her place in the annals of pop culture history. For fans of Carter and musical performances, this duet is a must-see, and it remains a delightful and nostalgic reminder of her many talents.
Actress and Singer Lynda Carter in the Most Wall-Papered Room Ever
Lynda Carter's marriage to her former manager Ron Samuels was a chapter in her life that, while brief, had a profound impact on her both personally and professionally. The couple were married from 1977 to 1982, and Carter has since reflected on the experience as a challenging and unhappy time in her life. Her words of wisdom to her younger self - to not rush into marriage with the first person who proposes - speak to the lessons she learned from her own experiences. Despite the difficulties she faced during her marriage, Carter persevered and went on to enjoy a successful and fulfilling career in the years that followed. Her candid reflections on this period of her life serve as a reminder to us all to be thoughtful and intentional in our choices, and to always strive for happiness and fulfillment.
Lynda Carter Lights Up New York City, circa 1970s
Lynda Carter truly owned the 1970s, and it's not hard to see why fans still adore her to this day. From her iconic role as Wonder Woman to her ubiquitous presence on TV, Carter was a force to be reckoned with. She graced our screens as the star of the cult classic series, made memorable appearances on popular variety shows, and even turned up on "Fantasy Island". It seemed like everywhere you turned, there was Lynda Carter, shining bright and captivating audiences with her charm, talent, and beauty. With her undeniable star power, it's no wonder she remains a beloved figure in pop culture, a true queen of the 70s.
Lynda Carter and Her Hubby, 1977
Lynda Carter's onscreen career took off like a rocket in 1975, solidifying her place as a major player in the world of television. That year, she made a memorable appearance in the TV show Matt Helm and starred in the TV movie The New Original Wonder Woman, which served as a backdoor pilot for the beloved series that would define her career. It's incredible to think that only two short years later, in 1977, she was already being celebrated as the queen of the Amazons at the CBS affiliates banquet. Her meteoric rise to fame is a testament to her talent, beauty, and undeniable charisma, and it's no wonder she remains a beloved figure in pop culture today.
What's Hotter, the Porsche or Lynda Carter?
The 1970s were the era of disco, funk, and glitz, and Lynda Carter was right there in the middle of it all, owning every moment with her stunning beauty, dynamic acting abilities, and powerhouse voice. With her role as Wonder Woman and her regular TV appearances, she was the epitome of cool, and she had an energy and style that was unmatched. Whether she was performing on stage, cruising down the freeway in a fast car, or simply posing for a photo, Lynda Carter exuded confidence, grace, and a certain je ne sais quoi that made her a true icon of the era. It's no wonder that so many fans still look back on that time with fond memories and a deep appreciation for the one and only Lynda Carter.
A Wonder Woman Even in the '60s
In 1960s, long before Lynda Carter was a superhero, she had designs on being a rockstar. Who knew that the woman who brought Wonder Woman to life was also belting out tunes with her cousins and the legendary Gary Burghoff as part of "The Relatives"? The group toured far and wide, from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the rolling hills of the Catskills, and even had a three-month residency at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge before Burghoff left the group to appear in MASH. It's amazing to think about the versatility and talent of Carter, and just how she owned every stage she set foot on, whether it was in front of a live audience or in front of a TV camera.
Lynda Carter is... Miss World USA 1972
It all started in 1972, the year that Lynda Carter's star began to rise. After leaving her gig as the lead singer for the Garfin Gathering, she returned to her roots in Arizona, where she was discovered by the world of pageantry. She won a local beauty contest and quickly gained national attention by winning the Miss World USA 1972 competition, representing the state of Arizona. Little did everyone know that this was just the beginning of Carter's incredible journey to becoming an iconic pop culture icon. From that moment on, she was on the fast track to stardom, and the world would never be the same.
In the Late '80s Carter Left Hollywood
The late 1980s was a time of big hair, even bigger shoulder pads, and for Lynda Carter, a chance to start a new chapter. After tying the knot with D.C. attorney Robert A. Altman in 1984, Carter made the move from Hollywood to the suburbs of Potomac, Maryland. With a new home and a growing family to care for, Carter traded in her lasso of truth for a mom-mobile and threw herself into her new role as a mother and advocate for causes close to her heart. It's amazing to think about how one of the biggest pop culture icons of the 1970s, who spent the decade singing, acting, and owning the small screen, was now settling into a quiet life as a suburban mom. But as they say, life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
A Young Lynda Carter Looking Fly As Ever
It's wild to think that in the early 1970s, Lynda Carter was just a rising star, transitioning from beauty pageants to acting. She was fresh off winning Miss World USA 1972 and had her sights set on Hollywood stardom. After a stint in the international Miss World pageant, where she reached the top 15, she headed to the big city to hone her acting skills. It's amazing to look back now and see how she went from taking acting classes at New York schools to starring in a string of TV shows, including the hit series Wonder Woman. It's a testament to her talent and hard work that she was able to make the leap from pageants to acting and become a beloved icon of pop culture.
Give Us A Slice...Of That Shakey's Pizza!
Lynda Carter doesn't just have an awesome taste in fashion, but a great taste in video games. Starting in 2002, she voiced a variety of Nord and Orc characters in the popular Elder Scrolls series, including Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. Her most well-known character is Gormlaith Golden-Hilt in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim", who helps the Dragonborn in their fight against the dragons. Carter's performance as Gormlaith was widely praised by fans and critics alike, and it's not hard to see why - with her iconic voice, Carter perfectly captures the strength, wisdom, and determination of this legendary warrior. Her portrayal of Gormlaith has become a beloved part of the game's lore and a favorite among many Skyrim players