Lynda Carter is 5'9" tall and of Irish/Hispanic descent. She is the youngest of three siblings (one brother and one sister) and started performing as a singer with the band 'The Relatives' during high school. She later joined 'The Garfin Gathering with Lynda Carter' for more exposure. The…more
Unlike Christopher Reeve, Carter only made a guest appearance on "The Muppet Show". She never had any guest appearances on "Sesame Street".
She never voiced an animated depiction of Wonder Woman in Hanna-Barbera's long-running animated series "Super Friends" due to her focus on being a singer, starring in made-for-television movies, and appearing in commercials for Maybelline cosmetics as well as starring in the short-lived crime drama series "Partners in Crime" with Loni Anderson.
Unlike Adam West, Burt Ward and Lou Ferrigno, Carter never returned to her iconic superhero role either in live action or animation throughout the 1980s due to focusing on her singing career, appearing in commercials for Maybelline cosmetics, and starring in television movies.
In April of 2004, Carter took part in a mass pro-abortion rally held in Washington, DC. She expressed her pro-abortion views to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news department saying, "There is a religious and moral superiority and arrogance that so many, not all, Republicans have. It is the ultimate intrusion by government to tell a woman when she can have children, if she has them at all."
In late 2005, Lynda Carter took the role of Matron Mama Morton in the West End production of Chicago.
After returning to the screen with "Sky High" and "The Dukes of Hazzard" and then doing TV guest appearances on shows such as "Law and Order: SVU" as well as "Smallville," Ms. Carter returned to stage work May 1, 2007 when she headlined "An Intimate Evening with Lynda Carter" at the Empire Plush Room at the York Hotel in San Francisco.
Lynda attended every day of the BCCI scandal trial of her husband Robert Altman and his law partner, Clark Clifford.
Her favorite song, the one she used to close all of her TV Specials, was Always, by Irving Berlin. (Berlin had written the song for his wife and presented it her the day of their marriage.) The lyrics to that song are: I'll be loving you Always With a love that's true Always. When the things you've planned Need a helping hand, I will understand Always. Always. Days may not be fair Always, That's when I'll be there Always. Not for just an hour, Not for just a day, Not for just a year, But Always. I'll be loving you, oh Always With a love that's true Always. When the things you've planned Need a helping hand, I will understand Always. Always. Days may not be fair Always, That's when I'll be there Always. Not for just an hour, Not for just a day, Not for just a year, But Always. Not for just an hour, Not for just a day, Not for just a year, But Always.
Lynda gave her son his middle name from a close family friend, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford, who was best man at Lynda's wedding to second husband Robert Altman.
The Secretary of Defense in the Johnson Administration, Clark Clifford, was best man at the wedding of Lynda Carter and Robert Altman.
Lynda's second husband, Robert Altman, was an attorney with the law firm run by Kennedy Administration Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford.
In the early 1990s, Lynda and her husband, Robert Altman, were on the outs with the Washington establishment due to the BCCI scandal in which Mr. Altman and his law partner, former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford,were involved. So as a measure of friendship, Marilyn Qualye, wife of Vice President Dan Quayle, invited Lynda to lunch at a very public DC restaurant so that Lynda--and the public--knew that not everybody in society considered the Altmans to be pariahs. Lynda has spoken publicly about her deep appreciation of Mrs. Quayle's kind generosity. (Mr. Altman and Mr. Clifford were ultimately found innocent in a very public BCCI scandal trial.)
Lynda has been married twice and has two children (a boy and a girl) with current husband, DC lawyer Robert Altman.
Lynda owns the DVD release rights to all of her TV specials.
Lynda released a solo album called Portrait in May of 1978.
Lynda is the youngest of three children.
Lynda appeared in the 2005 movie Sky High as Principal Powers.
Lynda Carter will be featured in the upcoming SciFi Channel movie, "Slayer", as Colonel Jessica Weaver. The premiere of the film airs July 8, 2006 at 9:00PM EDST.
Lynda herself came up with the idea of spinning to have Diana Prince change into Wonder Woman.
Ms. Carter grew up in Globe, Arizona.
Herself: (At a 2004 mass pro-abortion rally in Washington, DC) There is a religious and moral superiority and arrogance that so many, not all, Republicans have. It is the ultimate intrusion by government to tell a woman when she can have children, if she has them at all.
Lynda Carter: Mexican food is my weakness. Thank God I live in Washington where it's horrible. They put in some tomatoes and bell peppers and call it salsa!
Lynda Carter: (Regarding life before Wonder Woman) To tell you the truth, I couldn't pay my next month's rent when I got the part. I was thrilled to have a pilot of my own.
Lynda Carter: (On updating the Wonder Woman TV series from World War II to the 1970's) I think they (CBS) wanted to retool it and modernize it when they bought it, so they weren't just buying the same show.
Lynda Carter: (Regarding her work in the Wonder Woman TV series) I think I was much better in the part when it was modernized. The series matured as it went along.
Lynda Carter: (On bringing Wonder Woman to life) I tried to play her like a regular woman who just happend to have superhuman powers. I figured she'd lived with it every day of her life.
Lynda Carter: (Considering the enduring popularity of the Wonder Woman TV series) I'd like to think I had something to do with it, but it's a phenomenom unto itself. And it's not too bad to be a sort of pop icon, you know? It's not too tough to handle.
Lynda Carter: (When told by an interviewer that he owned a copy of her solo record album 'Portrait') You and three other people.
Lynda Carter: (On hanging from the helicopter for an episode of Wonder Woman) The stunt girl was about to go under it and I said 'Oh, I can do this!' I ran under and they went up, and when the producers found out about it, they went ballistic.
Lynda: ( Comments to news media while leaving the courthouse with her husband, Robert Altman, at the end of the BCCI scandal trial) Not guilty, not guilty, not guilty.
Lynda: Wonder Woman struck a chord that no one expected.
Lynda: I'm 5' 9", but most people think I'm about 6 feet tall. It's because I have very long legs.
Lynda: Some of the best memories of my childhood were of being with my grandmother when she was making tortillas, having to cut the tripe when she made menudo, or sorting the sticks and stones out of the beans on her table.
Lynda: I really loved doing the stunts. I had a lot of stunt women, because they all did something different, but I ended up doing most of the fights myself. The stunt guys taught me how to throw a punch, and eventually I became an honorary member of the Stunt Women's Association.
Lynda: (On the profit from the Wonder Women dolls) I think that you're probably familiar with a problem in Hollywood, and that is that they market you and they use you. They did a mask of my face and put it on the doll and they put my name on for the first run of it. And then they took my name off and said they didn't have to pay me anymore. So it's the kind of thing that you can be used SO much in this industry. I make nothing. I don't even make anything from the reruns. Don't ever settle for net profits. It's called 'Creative Accounting'
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