Lynda Carter is a Latina of many powers—she’s an actress, singer, pageant queen and mother, to name a few. It’s safe to say this Spanish and Mexican beauty can pretty much do it all. But we shouldn’t be surprised; she is Wonder Woman. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 things you should know about this dazzling star.
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She’s got edge
Lynda Carter has always had a flair for the dramatic—we guess show business was always in her future! The singer and actress was born Linda Jean Córdova Carter, but Carter refused to be boring. She swapped the “i” in her first name for a “y” to better fit her larger-than-life personality.
She has undeniable beauty
A fateful local beauty contest sealed her future as a Hollywood elite. After winning a beauty competition in her home state of Arizona, Carter moved on to win Miss Phoenix and Miss Arizona for the chance to compete at Miss World USA—which she won! She then went on to compete for the crown in the Miss World pageant in 1972 where she made it all the way to the semi-finals. This eventually helped her launch a successful acting career!
She has powers
Okay, so she might not fly around saving people in real life, but she’s anything but ordinary! Carter’s most famous role was as Wonder Woman in the television series The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, which aired from 1975 to 1979. At the time that she landed the part, this bombshell was just about to give up on acting in Los Angeles. The funds her parents had set up to help the actress start her career were nearly gone when her agent called with the good news.
She’s almost too sexy for television
When The New Adventures of Wonder Woman first aired, network executives worried that the scantily clad Carter might have too much sex appeal for television audiences to handle. Luckily, the success of the show quickly dissolved any doubts. If only all of us had this same problem!
She doesn’t want to be just another pretty face
When Carter began her acting career, she certainly never set out to be a sex symbol. In fact, she preferred not to be. In an interview with US magazine the actress confessed, “I never meant to be a sexual object for anyone but my husband. I never thought a picture of my body would be tacked up in men's bathrooms. I hate men looking at me and thinking what they think. And I know what they think. They write and tell me."
She’s an athlete
Carter wasn’t chosen for her famous role simply because she looked the part—it turns out she’s quite the athlete! Even though she had stunt doubles on set, the actress performed many of her own stunts on The New Adventures of Wonder Woman. Once—to the fear of the network—Carter chose to hang from a helicopter during season two’s episode “Anschluss ‘77”. This girl’s got guts!
She’s a singer at heart
Despite her well-known acting role, Carter’s first love was music. While she was in high school, she played for multiple bands before joining two of her cousins in forming The Relatives at the age of 17. Their first big gig was a three-month stint opening for another show at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas. Because she wasn’t yet 21, the singer was required to enter the hotel through the kitchen. Though she went on to play with other groups after The Relatives, her career as a musician refused to take off.
She eventually made the music work
The success of her role as Wonder Woman gave her the freedom to return to her singing roots. Carter’s first album, Portrait, was released in 1978—but she made us wait awhile to once again hear her beautiful voice! At Last, her second album, dropped in 2009 and reached the top of the U.S. Jazz and Billboard chart. Her final album to date, Crazy Little Things, was released just two years later in 2011. Her albums aren’t the only place Carter lets loose her singing talent, though. In 2005 she took to the stage in the West End London production of Chicago where she played Mama Morton.
She’s a mom
She’s a mami! After an unsuccessful marriage to her former talent agent, the actress and singer married Washington D.C. attorney Robert A. Altman in 1984. Together they had two beautiful children: James (1988) and Jessica (1990).
She advocates for worthy causes
Carter doesn’t let her celebrity status go to waste. She works to raise awareness for causes like Irritable bowel syndrome (which her mother suffered from), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a woman’s right to choose and legal equality for the LGBT community. She’s even acted as Grand Marshall for several Pride parades!