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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“I never meant to be a sexual object for anyone but my husband.” Few people will argue that Lynda Carter was one of the most beautiful women of the 1970s. First turning heads after being crowned Miss World America in 1972, Carter went on to earn superhero status as she starred in the hit television series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979. Although the show was short-lived by today’s standards, it was enough to launch Carter to international stardom as a celebrity and sex icon. Since the show’s end nearly four decades ago, Carter seems to have a superpower of her own after aging gracefully in Hollywood and proving she’s still as gorgeous as ever at 68 years old.

In 1975, Carter auditioned for the title role of ABC’s newest series, Wonder Woman, which was based on the DC Comics of the same name and followed Wonder Woman and her alter ego, Diana Prince. Thinking she bombed the audition and with her savings dwindling, Carter was ready to call it quits and return to Arizona when her manager called and gave her the news—Joanna Cassidy, the other actress up for the part, was out of the running. Carter’s audition impressed the producers so much that they chose her, an unknown name, over Cassidy.

Cast as the first female superhero, the producers were quick to warn Carter about the gig. “At the time, there were no pretty women in leading roles on TV, just funny women like Carol Burnett and then Laverne and Shirley,” Carter told Glamour magazine. “The producers said, ‘Now, you understand women aren’t going to like you because you’re sexy.’” Fortunately, Carter was just what television needed as she spent the next four years climbing to new heights of international stardom as Wonder Woman posters and costumes covered store walls and flew off store shelves.

Eventually wrapping up Wonder Woman in 1979, Carter went on to appear in a string of television series and films like Hope & Faith, Law & Order: SVU and Two and a Half Men in addition to being named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” while signing an endorsement deal with Maybelline cosmetics. Most recently, she’s returned to television as President Olivia Marsdin on Supergirl and is thrilled to see a new generation of fans with the release of Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot in 2017. “It’s time for a new generation to have a smart and powerful woman be part of their experience—and the reemergence of characters like Supergirl and Wonder Woman means that time has come.”

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