Gal Gadot’s version of "Wonder Woman" is nothing short of amazing. However, Lynda Carter will always be the original Diana Prince, and she has changed a lot since playing that role on TV.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in July 1951, Lynda Carter is a model, actress, and beauty pageant titleholder who starred in the TV show “Wonder Woman” between 1976 and 1979.
However, being a successful actress was not part of her initial plans. Instead, Carter was mainly involved in music as a high-schooler, even performing in a band with her cousins called The Relatives.
LYNDA CARTER BEFORE “WONDER WOMAN”
It seems like everything Carter is involved with is destined to make it big as The Relatives even played a residency at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge in Las Vegas for three months.
At the time, Carter was only 16 years old, so she had to enter the place through the kitchen as she was still a minor. Eventually, in the early 70s, she left the music industry.
[Carter] resumed her music career in the late 2000s.
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the pilot of "The New Original Wonder Woman" circa November 1975 | Photo: Getty Images
It was not a step back in her career, fortunately, as she won the second-ever pageant contest she participated in, Miss World USA 1972. In the International Miss World contest, she placed in the top 15.
Carter, who was already a celebrity in the States, grew tired of the pageant industry and was focused on becoming an actress. So, in 1974, she appeared in an episode of “Nakia.”
After appearing in “Starsky” and “Hutch and Cos,” Carter got the part of Diana Prince in “Wonder Woman.” From that point on, her life and career have never ceased to impress.
Even now, over four decades after Carter landed the gig mostly because she looked the part, most people see her when they think of Wonder Woman. For the actress, it’s “bizarre” and “humbling.”
Lynda Carter on March 15, 1987 | Photo: Getty Images
CARTER’S CAREER NOWADAYS
She once admitted that one of the producers told her that her part was both a blessing and a curse as women would be “so jealous” of her. However, the actress had different plans. She said:
“Not a chance. They won’t be [jealous], because I’m not playing her that way. I want women to want to be me, or be my best friend!”
Nowadays, Carter is 69. She resumed her music career in the late 2000s and was set to go on tour with her daughter, Jessica, in 2020, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.