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

By Sarah Norman | June 27, 2023

Carter was replaced by Colleen Camp in an iconic scene from Apocalypse Now

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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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.

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.