Jul. 24th, 1951
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Lynda Carter (born Linda Jean Córdova Carter; July 24, 1951) is an American actress and singer, best known for being Miss World USA in 1972 and as the star of the DC Comics TV series Wonder Woman, which lasted from 1975 to 1979.
Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Juana (née Cordova) and Colby Carter. Her father had English and Irish ancestry, and her mother was of Spanish-Mexican descent. Carter made her public television debut on Lew King's Talent Show at age 5. During high school, Carter performed in a band called Just Us, consisting of a marimba, a conga drum, an acoustic guitar, and a stand-up bass played by another girl. When she was 17, she joined two of her cousins in another band called The Relatives. Actor 'Gary Burghoff' was the drummer. The group opened at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge in Las Vegas for three months; because Carter was under 21, she had to enter through the kitchen.
Carter attended Arizona State University. After being voted "Most Talented", she dropped out to pursue a career in music. In 1970, Carter sang with The Garfin Gathering. Their first performance was in a San Francisco hotel so new that it had no sidewalk entrance. Consequently, they played mostly to the janitors and hotel guests who parked their cars in the underground garage. She returned to Arizona in 1972.
In 1972 Carter entered a local Arizona beauty contest (which she won), and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. In the international 1972 Miss World pageant, representing the U.S., she reached the semi-finals. After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch, Cos, and Nakia and in several "B-movies".
- Lynda returned to her first love, singing, by appearing in the play "Chicago" at London's West End Adeplhi Theatre on September 26, 2005 as "Mama Morton", the leather-clad women's jailer for an 8-week run. Lynda has now sucessfully appeared in all three forms of acting, stage, screen and television.
- Auditioned for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on _"Star Trek: Voyager" (1995)_ (qv).
- Went to Globe High School in Globe, Arizona and Arcadia High School, in Phoenix. She attended Arizona State University, but after being voted the "most talented" student, she dropped out in order to pursue a career in music.
- When asked, during her on-line Lens Express chat on November 8th, 1999, who she would like to portray Wonder Woman in a big screen movie version, she stated that she would prefer either actress 'Catherine Zeta-Jones' (qv) or supermodel 'Cindy Crawford (I)' (qv).
- Performed many of her own stunts on _"Wonder Woman" (1976)_ (qv) including hanging from a helicopter, to the nervousness of CBS, during the second season episode "Anschluss '77".
- Owns the DVD release rights to her television specials.
- A friend sat Lynda and her present husband, lawyer 'Robert Altman (IV)' (qv), together at a social dinner in the hopes that the two would hit it off.
- Vital statistics in November 1986: 37-27-38