07-24 Happy birthday to Lynda Carter, Born: July 24, 1951.
Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova Carter) is an American actress, singer, songwriter and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World America 1972 and also the star of the TV series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979.
She made her first acting appearance, in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia entitled “Roots of Anger”. She then began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch and Cos, and in several “B” movies.
During the late 1970s, Carter recorded an album, Portrait. Carter is credited as a cowriter on several songs and she made numerous guest appearances on variety television programs at the time in a musical capacity. She also sang two of her songs in a 1979 Wonder Woman episode, “Amazon Hot Wax”.
Her other credits include the title role in a biopic of actress Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino), titled Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983) and a variety of her own musical TV specials: Lynda Carter’s Special (1980), Encore! (1980), Celebration (1981), Street Life (1982), and Body And Soul (1984). Carter never returned to her role of Wonder Woman for television films or theatrical films throughout the 1980s due to becoming a celebrity promotional model for Maybelline cosmetics and starring in the crime drama television series, Partners in Crime with Loni Anderson. She portrayed Helen Durant in the 1989 CBS television film Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All where she booby-trapped Las Vegas entertainer Johnny Roman (Edward Winter), her husband Doctor Carl Durant, and his employee accountant Brad Peters (Jim Carrey). Throughout the 1990s, Carter appeared in a string of television movies that resulted in a resurgence in television appearances. Also, because of the resyndication of Wonder Woman on such cable networks as FX and SyFy, Carter participated in two scheduled on-line chat sessions with fans. Around that time, Carter created her own production company, Potomac Productions. Throughout the 1990s, she also appeared in commercials for Lens Express (now 1-800 Contacts). In 1993, Carter expanded her performance resume to include voiceover work as the narrator for the Sandra Brown book Where There’s Smoke.
In 2000, Carter hosted the I Love 1978 episode of BBC2’s I Love the ’70s. The following year, she was cast in the independent comedy feature Super Troopers, as Vermont Governor Jessman. The writers and stars of the film, the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, with Jay Chandrasekhar directing, had specifically sought Carter for the role. Inspired by the character detour from her usual roles, she agreed to play a washed-up, former beauty queen in The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park (2004), directed by Christopher Coppola. She won an award for being the “Superest Superhero” on the Second Annual TV Land Awards that same year. When an announcer reported about an invisible plane being double-parked illegally and needed to be relocated before it was towed, she performed her spinning transformation once again after 25 years. A younger actress wore the star-spangled outfit at that moment. Carter made her first appearance in a major feature film in a number of years in the big-screen remake of The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), also directed by Chandrasekhar. She also appeared in Disney’s action comedy film Sky High (2005) as Principal Powers, the headmistress of a school for superheroes. The script allowed Carter to poke fun at her most famous character when she states: “I can’t do anything more to help you. I’m not Wonder Woman, y’know”. She did not wear glasses like her Diana Prince persona. In 2006, she guest-starred in the made-for-cable vampire film Slayer. The following year, Carter returned to the DC Comics’ television world in the Smallville episode “Progeny” (2007), playing Chloe Sullivan’s Kryptonite-empowered mother.
Carter expanded her voice-over work to include video games, performing voices for the nord and orsimer (orc) females in two computer games of The Elder Scrolls series, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. These games were developed by Bethesda Softworks; her husband, businessman Robert A. Altman, is Chairman and CEO of Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media.
From September to November 2005, Carter played “Mama Morton” in the West End London production of Chicago. In 2006, her rendition of “When You’re Good to Mama” was officially released on the Chicago: 10th Anniversary Edition CD box set. In May 2007, Carter began touring the U.S. with her one-woman musical cabaret show, An Evening with Lynda Carter. She has played engagements at such venues as Feinstein’s at Loews Regency in New York, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Plush Room in San Francisco, and the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles. In June 2009, her second album, At Last, was released and reached #10 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart. In June 2011, Carter released her third album, Crazy Little Things, which she describes as a delightful mix of standards, country, and pop tunes
In 2015, Carter wrote and recorded original songs for the latest installment of the Fallout video-game series, Fallout 4. An EP of the songs from the game’s soundtrack was released on iTunes on November 6, 2015.
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