Vintage Photos of Lynda Carter Make It Hard To Look Away

By Sarah Norman | May 16, 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, one of three children, has a brother, Vincent, and a sister, Pamela


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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.