Gal Gadot - Miss Israel Universe 2004

 

Miss World America 1972

Actress & Musician
Wonder Woman (1975-1979)
Maybelline Spokesmodel  (1980s)
Supergirl (2016)

 


The Pageantry Connection

Gal Gadot - Miss Israel Universe 2004 | Evening gown
Miss World America 1972
Swimsuit - Gal Gadot - Miss Israel Universe 2004
Swimsuit at Miss World International 1972
Costume - Gal Gadot - Miss Israel Universe 2004
Evening Gown Competition

At the age of 21 Lynda Carter entered a local Arizona beauty pageant. She gained national attention by winning the title of Miss World America in 1972 representing Arizona. Carter placed in the semifinals in the international Miss World pageant later that year. The Miss World pageant was held at the Royal Albert Hall (London, UK) in December of 1972. During the pageant, she and 52 other delegates competed in swimwear, evening gown and interview. Belinda Green of Australia was crowned Miss World 1972, and the pageant was aired on BBC. Although Carter did not win the international crown, her success in pageantry kicked off her career in acting.


Lynda Carter's #BeautifulJourney

 The Fast and the Furious - Gal Gadot
Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter Maybelline
Maybelline Print Work
The Fast and the Furious Premiere - Gal Gadot
Supergirl 

Lynda Jean Cordova was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. The youngest of three kids, Lynda studied classical dance and drama throughout her childhood and teen years. After briefly attending Arizona State University (even being named ASU’s Most Talented), she dropped out to tour the country and sing with the band The Garfin Gathering. By 1972, Carter had returned home to begin a modeling career. After entering a local beauty pageant, she went on to win the title of Miss World America 1972.


Shortly after winning her crown, Hollywood came knocking. Although she made her first public television debut on Lew Kin’s Talent Show at the age of 5, her first adult acting appearance was in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia. The episode was titled “Roots of Anger”. Carter soon began making guest appearances on such television shows as Cos and Starsky and Hutch. It was her marquis role as Wonder Woman in 1975 that made her a recognizable star. The show originally started out as a special on ABC, but by 1976 the network had turned it into a series. After one season, it was picked up by CBS where it aired for another few years, despite the network's initial fear that a female lead wouldn't be popular.  The network’s fears were soon dispelled. Lynda Carter’s performance, combined with the comic-accurate costume and catchy theme song, turned Wonder Woman into an icon.


 Post Wonder Woman, Carter has kept up her love for both music and acting. She has appeared live in Las Vegas, recorded her own albums, and has made guest appearances on television shows like Law & Order, Smallville, and Two and a Half Men. In 2005 she appeared in the film version of The Dukes of Hazzard and played Mama Morton in the West End London production of Chicago. 2016 showcased her in the role of President as Olivia Marsdin in the CW’s Supergirl series. Carter is also known for being a spokesmodel for Maybelline throughout the '80s and Lens Express in the '90s. She was also voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by the International Academy of Beauty and the British Press Organization in 1978.


Carter is married to Washington lawyer Robert Altman. The couple is parents to children Jamie and Jessica.


The Relevance of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman -Lynda Carter
Wonder Woman
 Lynda Carter, 1976
Wonder Woman - Lynda Carter
Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter, present

On the 75th anniversary of the heroine, Carter recently explained why Wonder Woman still resonates today. "We’re still fighting the same fight. We still need more female role models," she told Variety in October 2016. "But Wonder Woman is much more than a cartoon character. She’s fighting for truth and justice and the secret self that exists in all women and girls. There’s a moral fiber and a goodness about her that all women have." She continued, “There is something about the character where in your creative mind for that time in your life where you pretended to be her, or whatever the situation was, that you felt like you could fly.”