Lynda Carter: Wonder Woman Then and Now

By | August 1, 2018

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Lynda Carter stars in the CBS television series " Wonder Woman." Image date 1978. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

For superhero fans in the '70s, both men and women, Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman is the ideal, the gold standard. Christopher Reeve's Superman was excellent, Lou Ferrigno's Hulk wasn't bad at all, but Diana Prince as played by Lynda Carter stands out not only as a heroic star but also a role model for young girls who'd never seen a lady kick so much ass on TV. Beginning in 1975, Wonder Woman was a phenomenon, a hit show with a lead role that was perfectly cast.

At least, they got it right the second time around. Did you know that the Wonder Woman show we all love grew out of a made-for-TV movie that didn't star Lynda Carter? The 1974 TV movie Wonder Woman had Cathy Lee Crosby in the title role.

Young Lynda Carter Gained Attention For Being Tall And Lanky

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Lynda Carter Portrait Session LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actress Lynda Carter poses for a portrait circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

It’s hard to believe that a woman as beautiful, sexy, and successful as Lynda Carter didn’t always have the world by the tail. How is it possible that Wonder Woman herself ever didn't get everything she wanted? It is true enough that her career got off to an early start at the age of 5 with a brief spot on Lew King’s Talent Show. Although her performance was not necessarily something to write home about, it got her noticed. What does she look like now? You'll find out momentarily, but first, let's take a look back at Wonder Woman's glory days.

Young Lynda Carter was a standout in the crowd; not for being especially beautiful and talented but for being “tall and lanky.”