The one and only Wonder Woman can carry a tune
Lynda Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona in July 1951as Linda Jean Cordoba Carter. She later changed her first name to the more alluring 'Lynda'. Although she appeared on Lew King's talent show aged five, it wasn't until her teenage years that she began pursuing a career in show business, initially as a singer.
She fronted a series of high school bands before joining The Garfin Gathering at 17. The band had its first professional engagement as an opening act at the Sahara Lounge in Las Vegas, which lasted three months. As Lynda was underage she couldn’t enter via the casino and had to slip in through the Lounge kitchen. When little became of singing, Lynda decided to enter a beauty contest. With her statuesque good looks and blue eyes she won Miss Phoenix, then Miss Arizona and ultimately Miss World-USA.
In 1974 Lynda moved to Hollywood and studied acting. TV producer Larry Gordon recommended Lynda to Douglas Kramer following an audition, he was looking for a tall, striking actor to play DC Comics' 'Wonder Woman'.
Lynda beat over 2,000 actors to the role she would become synonymous with. The pilot aired in November 1975 and was a ratings success. Despite initial network doubts that Lynda might be "too sexy" in her revealing superhero costume, the show’s camp style counterbalanced any major concerns and went on to run until 1979. A year before it ended Lynda released her first album, 'Portrait',
Carter married her former talent agent, Ron Samuels, in 1977 though the pair divorced in 1982 with no children.
Whilst never attaining the success of Wonder Woman, Lynda did have some hits with TV specials and a detective series in 1984, 'Partners in Crime', with Loni Anderson. The same year she married her second husband, Washington DC attorney Robert Altmann. Their son James was born in 1988 and their daughter Jessica followed in 1990.
In 2005, after taking a sabbatical to look after her family, Lynda returned as the Principal of a high school for young superheroes in Disney’s 'Sky High'. The same year she played Pauline in a remake of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' in addition to starring in a couple of episodes of 'Law and Order'.
Between September and November 2005, she played Mama Morton in London West End's version of 'Chicago'. Her rendition of 'When you’re Good to Mama' was included on the 'Chicago Tenth Anniversary Edition CD box set. The following year she appeared in the TV film 'Slayer'.
In May 2007 she took one-woman cabaret show 'An Evening with Lynda Carter' around the US and featured in an episode of the DC Comics inspired ‘Smallville’. She also had a starring role in a drama feature entitled 'Tattered Angel'.
Carter took some time away from acting to work on her second album 'At Last', which was released in June 2009. It reached the top ten of the US Jazz Billboard chart.
In 2011 she voiced several characters in the computer game 'The Elder Scrolls V’ before releasing her third album 'Crazy Little Things' in June that year. Carter described it as "a delightful mix of standards, country and pop songs".