Vintage Photos of Lynda Carter Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sarah Norman | May 9, 2023

Carter, one of three children, has a brother, Vincent, and a sister, Pamela

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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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. 

Posing Pretty in Stripes, 1970's

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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".