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

By Sarah Norman | December 7, 2023

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

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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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's first professional gig came when she was 16 and started touring with The Relatives

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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.