Lynda Carter’s Motherhood Is Her ‘Greatest Adventure’ Yet Her Daughter & Son Followed Their Father’s Path
Lynda Carter and her husband, Robert Altman, had a strong marriage that lasted for over three decades. He sadly passed away from a rare blood cancer leaving behind his wife and two children.
During an interview with Travelgirl, Lynda Carter and Robert Altman's daughter, Jessica Carter Altman, opened up about her childhood. She revealed that her mother chose to step out of the spotlight when she and Robert decided to have children.
Jessica said her mother still worked in the industry, but they lived in Washington D.C. The "Wonder Woman" star took a step back because she wanted her children to have a normal upbringing.
Lynda Carter and Robert Altman pose at the opening night for her cabaret act at Feinstein's in the Loew's Regency Hotel on October 21, 2008, in New York City | Source: Getty Images
LYNDA'S MARRIED LIFE
Lynda was the face of Maybelline in the 1980s, and as their spokesperson, she got to attend one of their events at their Memphis headquarters in 1982. The brand was owned by a drug company and a client of Robert Altman's law firm in Washington, D.C.
R. Lee Jenkins, a Maybelline executive, invited Robert to a dinner held in Lynda's honor. The lawyer recognized the star as "a good-looking actress" and the brand's model, but he'd planned to return to his hotel to watch football.
He didn't want to go to dinner and get mixed up with the Hollywood star. On the other hand, Lynda thought most attorneys were "dull," but she and Robert hit it off immediately.
Robert confessed that he and the actress had an immediate and intense attraction. They were so into and focused on each other that their bond seemed rude to the rest of the attendees.
The pair started a relationship, and it was a long-distance one at one point. A year after they met, the lawyer proposed to the actress on the French Riviera, and six months later, the duo tied the knot.
Lynda supported her husband even through bank fraud charges in the early 1990s. Robert was acquitted, and in later years, his wife struggled with alcoholism, and he supported her through it.
On February 3, 2021, the star lost her husband of 37 years to myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer. Lynda confessed to People that she struggled with her grief and cried around three times a day as she mourned him.
Luckily for the television personality, their two children, including son James Altman, remained by her side to support her through this trying time. According to a New York Times report, Robert later got into the video game business.
He became the CEO of ZeniMax Media, a successful gaming company, which he sold to Microsoft for $7.5 billion. Fortune said the sale went through shortly before the lawyer's death.
SON – JAMES ALTMAN
Lynda's and Robert's son, James, is now 35, and he followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an attorney. According to The Focus, he also worked at ZeniMax Media as Director of Publishing Operations.
He and his father both studied at the same college, the George Washington University Law School. Besides being a lawyer, James lives an active lifestyle, and one of his favorite hobbies is working as a photographer.
As seen on his Instagram, he enjoys traveling and takes images of the places he's been to. For instance, he's been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Alaska, and the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica.
It currently isn't clear whether James is in a relationship or not. He and his sister took some influences from both parents, but career-wise the offspring leaned more to their father.
DAUGHTER – JESSICA CARTER ALTMAN
Jessica is currently 32 and has dabbled in the music industry alongside her mother, as seen in an Instagram post in October 2016 of the pair in the studio. However, her full-time career is also practicing law.
Speaking to Travelgirl, Lynda's daughter confessed that her father had influenced her while growing up. He influenced her values, her worldview, and how she navigated the world.
However, Jessica also noted that they had a creative gene in their home. Regarding law, the actress's daughter said what she loved the most about it was being able to help people.
She's worked for Washington D.C.'s firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where one can practice in any area they chose. Jessica worked in the litigation department but had varied practices.
However, her creative outlet was singing, as seen on a December 2021 Instagram post. She told Travelgirl that she didn't go to law school to become an attorney but rather to learn how to think.
Jessica also realized she wanted to perform, and that's when she created a musical career. She's had the pleasure of sharing a stage with her mother, like during a performance at the Kennedy Center.
Both James [Altman] and Jessica [Carter Altman] have shown support to their mother [Lynda Carter] on numerous occasions.
While about to do their duet, Lynda paused to appreciate her daughter's beauty, and Jessica returned the compliment! The pair also bonded over a sleepwear shoot for a Mother's Day campaign for the Peter Alexander brand.
During that 2017 campaign, Lynda confessed that she loved celebrating Mother's Day with someone passionate about work and life – her daughter. She also admitted that shooting for the brand with Jessica was just an "added joy."
Unlike her brother, Lynda's daughter seems to be in a relationship. In May 2021, she uploaded an Instagram image of her kissing a man who was going to star in her "Missing You" video, and he was seen with her again in December.
Both James and Jessica have shown support to their mother on numerous occasions. For instance, in April 2018, Jessica joined the actress for some photo ops at the "Super Troopers 2" New York premiere.
The year before, Lynda was accompanied by her husband and children to the premiere of the "Wonder Woman" reboot. In April 2018, the family also got together to celebrate the singer getting a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
In May 2018, the actress shared a throwback Instagram photo of her and her children when they were much younger. At the time, she was celebrating Mother's Day and shared in the caption:
“Turns out my greatest adventure of all was becoming a mom. And I have loved every minute of it.”
The family seems quite tight-knit, and in January 2022, Lynda proved it by sharing a black-and-white throwback image with James to celebrate his birthday and other photos. In October 2021, she uploaded pictures of her daughter singing on stage and promoted her latest single, "Missing You."
In June 2020, the star shared an image of her and her daughter while enjoying a pajama party together. That same month, Lynda honored her late husband for Father's Day with a throwback image of him with the children.