After the monumental success of 2017's Wonder Woman, actress Gal Gadot quickly became a household name, and her performance in the film earned rave reviews. She took on the character's big screen debut, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was the perfect choice for the role. Comic book adaptations have rapidly become some of the most lucrative films in Hollywood, but this wasn't always the case. There was once a time where comic book adaptations were considered better suited for television, and the woman tasked with playing the character Wonder Woman used her time on the series to catapult herself to the top of Hollywood.
Lynda Carter was the lucky lady that was cast as Wonder Woman, and she was a gigantic success during the 1970s. Carter is considered one of the most beautiful women of her era, and her time spent on Wonder Woman was critically acclaimed. Comic book adaptations have come a long way since the 1970s, but it is important to get in touch with your roots and appreciate the development of the genre that we have all grown to love. Without the efforts of Lynda Carter in the 1970s, there is no guarantee that the genre would have survived and eventually make its way to the big screen.
The former Miss World America winner had luscious dark hair and bright blue eyes, giving viewers a truly beautiful contrast to feast their eyes on. Her body was in incredible shape, and she remains gorgeous to this very day. Gal Gadot may be the modern Wonder Woman, but let's take a moment to enjoy some gorgeous photos of the original.
15 Flaunting Her Perfect Body
After making her debut in Nikia, Carter continued to audition for roles to help bolster her resume. The following year, Carter's career would reach unfathomable heights after she was cast on the show Wonder Woman. While she did appear in an episode of the series Matt Helm that same year, Wonder Woman is the role that put the gorgeous actress on the map. Her tenure on the show would last until the show's conclusion in 1979. In total, Carter appeared in 59 episodes on the series, and even appeared in the television film for the character. From this point on, Carter would be a household name, and her place in the pantheon of television legends would be solidified.
Her time on the beauty pageant circuit was very successful for the budding actress, and this photo is a display of how talented she was as a model. Carter had the looks and the talent to be somebody, and that is exactly what she did.
14 Picture Perfect As Diana Prince
Lynda Carter's portrayal of Wonder Woman is what put her on the map, but like any beautiful actress in Hollywood, she had to get her start somewhere. Her road to fame was relatively short, and she was able to secure the role of Wonder Woman just one year after making her debut on television. In 1974, Carter made her debut on an episode of the show Nikia. Prior to this, Lynda Carter was making a huge name for herself on the pageant circuit. She had been crowned Miss World USA in 1972, and her growing interest in acting led to her taking lessons. This fortuitous choice by Carter would lead her to become one of the brightest stars of the 1970s.
Pictured in her classic Wonder Woman attire, Lynda Carter skyrocketed to fame during her time on the series. Despite Diana being an Amazon, Carter was the all-American girl, and she had the looks and body to get the role.
13 Wearing A White Top
As Lynda Carter continued to dominate television during her time on Wonder Woman, she also dabbled in other projects. In 1976, she appeared in her first film. Entitled Bobbie Jo and the Outlaws, Carter was cast in the title role. Though the film is mostly an afterthought, Carter does appear nude in the film, fulfilling the fantasies of nerds everywhere. On television, Lynda Carter landed a one-off role on the series Starsky & Hutch, and she also appeared in the television film A Matter of Wife...And Death. The actress could do no wrong, and she maintained her immense popularity.
Carter is one of the most beautiful women to make it in Hollywood, and she also has some of the industry's most infamous assets. It is part of the reason why she got the role of Wonder Woman, and no doubt kept fans coming back for more. This picture here has Carter showing off everything for the camera.
12 Sultry In Black And White
1976 was a successful year for Lynda Carter, and her star kept shining brightly among her Hollywood contemporaries. In 1977, she focused on her Wonder Woman series, and she didn't appear in any other television shows or movies. Throughout this time, however, Carter kept up her modeling career, and her work during this era is incredible to see. She had a true talent in modeling, and could have been a huge name even without appearing in Wonder Woman. Thankfully, she got the part in the series, and the rest is history.
Captured stunningly in this photo, Lynda Carter looks like a dream come true. The decision to take the photo in black and white was perfect, and Carter truly shines here. Even with the over-the-top attire, Carter still draws the attention from viewers instantly. It is an example of how truly talented she was at modeling, and is one of the most beautiful photos that you will find of her.
11 Pageant Days
Once Wonder Woman came to its conclusion in 1979, Carter was on the hunt for fresh roles to play. She had been Wonder Woman for several years, and she was ready for a new challenge. In 1978, Carter had her first foray in the music industry, and she released her debut album Portrait. The album received some decent reviews, though she would not release another one for 31 years. Though she failed to make a massive dent in the music industry, you have to give her some credit for doing things her way.
The talented Carter already boasted a Miss World USA title by the time she got into acting, and this photo of her during her pageant days is gorgeous. She was fresh out of college, and was ready to take on the world. It is easy to see she dominated her competition. I can't imagine a single woman in the country who was as beautiful as her during this time.
10 Beautiful In Blue
The turn of the decade saw Lynda Carter continuing with her modeling career as well as finding new roles for herself. In 1980, Carter starred in the television film The Last Song, and she also made an appearance on The Muppet Show. At the time, The Muppet Show was in the midst of its 120-episode run on television, and fans were thrilled to see Carter appear on the show. These appearances may have paled in comparison to her time on Wonder Woman, but Carter continued to do things her way.
Pictured here in a revealing blue top and holding a cigarette, Carter chose to ditch her innocent Wonder Woman look for a racier feel. This candid moment of Carter is gorgeous, and shows her enjoying a quick moment. She has never been shy about showing some skin, and the top that she is wearing in the photo leaves little to the imagination, much to the delight of fans.
9 Every Nerd's Dream Girl
After her foray into music and her appearance on The Muppet Show, Lynda Carter would primarily focus on roles in television movies. In each of the next 3 years, she would appear in one television film per year. 1981 saw the release of the film Born to Be Sold, and 1982 had Carter appearing in the film Hotline. This 3-year tenure would conclude with Carter starring in the film Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess. During this time, she also starred in several television musical specials, showcasing her talent as a musician, and flexing her star power.
Even when she is trying to look normal, Carter still finds a way to blow everyone away. Part of Wonder Woman maintaining her secret identity was utilizing a disguise, and the glasses were used to conceal her identity. In reality, it would have never worked, but Carter looked so good in those glasses that it doesn't even matter.
8 Long Hair, Don't Care
Carter had spent the first several years after the end of Wonder Woman acting in television films, and had yet to try her hand at anchoring a new series. In 1984, this would change, and the talented actress would take on the lead role in the series Partners in Crime. The show also featured actress Loni Anderson, and the two women played characters that were unlikely allies in the series. Unfortunately, Partners in Crime would not be nearly as successful as Wonder Woman, and it would only last for one season on television. Both performers appeared in all 13 episodes that encompassed the show's lone season.
Though the show failed to achieve the same success as Wonder Woman, fans were still happy to see Lynda Carter back on a recurring television role. She and Loni Anderson were considered two of the hottest women of the 1970s, and there was big promise in putting the two performers together.
7 Looking As Flawless As Ever
After the end of her show Partners in Crime, Lynda Carter would disappear from film and television for several years, leaving a gigantic hole in Hollywood. She married her husband in 1984, and her decision to leave the entertainment industry to be with her husband was a personal one. After being on her grind for a decade, Carter had decided to take a well-earned break from the business. The Wonder Woman actress may have disappeared from the spotlight, but her influence in the business had not been lost. Fans of the beautiful Carter would have to wait to the tail end of the decade before seeing her perform on television once again.
It doesn't take a whole lot to make Lynda Carter look incredible, and the photographer's decision to let her looks do the heavy lifting in this photo was a wise choice. Her clothing and jewelry are both very simple, allowing Carter to be the focal point of this elegant photo. She was blessed with some of the most beautiful eyes in the business, and her stare can capture anyone's attention.
6 Showing Some Skin
After taking a hiatus that lasted until 1987, Lynda Carter was ready to make her return to television, and fans everywhere rejoiced. They missed seeing the beautiful Carter on television, and it was time for her to make some waves. In 1987, Carter made her big return in the television film Stillwatch, playing the character Patricia Traymore. While it didn't hold the same place in people's hearts as Wonder Woman, it was still refreshing to see Carter again. She once again took some time off, and she wouldn't appear in another project until 1989. That year, she appeared in the television film Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All. This would be her last project in the 1980s, and many wondered if she would continue acting in the next decade.
Much like the last entry on this list, Carter didn't need a whole lot to take this stunning photo. She chose to show some skin here, and it paid off in a major way. She has always maintained a beautiful body, and even though she doesn't show off too much here, fans of hers couldn't help but let their minds wander.
5 Cute As A Button
With the 1990s fast-approaching, Lynda Carter's appearances on television became far less frequent than they had been earlier in her career. She wouldn't star in any projects until 1991 when she appeared in the television film Daddy. The film was based on the Danielle Steel novel of the same name, and also featured Patrick Duffy and Kate Mulgrew. That same year, Carter also acted on Posed: Inspired by Three Real Stories. The film was based on stories of women who had posed for Playboy, though Carter never did. Up to this point in her career, she had only starred in one theatrical release, choosing to focus on television instead.
All dolled up and looking too hot to handle, Carter is breathtaking in this photo. She seems to have on a little more makeup than usual, and we don't mind one little bit. The dress perfectly accentuates her curves, and even gives a sneak peek at some of her stronger assets.
4 An Ageless Beauty
By the time 1994 rolled around, Lynda Carter had gone an entire decade without being the face of a television show. Her last featured roll came in the series Partners in Crime, and her work after that primarily consisted of television films. 1993 was the year that Lynda Carter returned to the big screen in the movie Lightning in a Bottle. In 1994, however, Carter would be cast in a leading role on the series Hawkeye. Now, you're probably thinking of the Marvel character Hawkeye, but we're here to tell you that you are mistaken. This series takes place in the 1700s, and has nothing to do with comic books whatsoever. Unfortunately, Hawkeye would play out like Partners in Crime, and the series only lasted for one season.
Despite the show's lack of success, Carter still looked stunning, and her acting from two decades prior would continue to be her most well-known work. She showed no signs of aging, and has always look gorgeous with each passing decade. No matter the look or style, Lynda Carter will always be a dime.
3 Ready To Break Out
Despite the lack of success with her show Hawkeye, Carter continued to act sparingly the next several years, predominantly in television films. These movies were a once a year affair until 2001 when Carter made a surprise appearance in a stoner comedy. Playing the character of Governor Jessman in the cult classic film Super Troopers, Carter suddenly drew appeal from an entirely new generation of fans. Super Troopers was a modest hit at the box office, and gained a massive cult following after its release. It was her first film appearance in 8 years, and marked a turning point of sorts for the star. After her role in Super Troopers, Lynda Carter would start making guest appearances in well-known shows.
The 1990s were a slow decade for Carter, but the new millennium reignited her career. Nearly 30 years after Wonder Woman, she was once again appearing in popular shows, looking as beautiful as ever.
2 A Straight Up Knockout
Thanks to her role in Super Troopers, Lynda Carter was back in the public eye, and she soon began making some surprising guest appearances. She landed a guest role in the series Hope & Faith in 2003, and then followed that up with a recurring role on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Her character Lorraine Dillon appeared in 2 episodes on each series. That same year, she also appeared in the films Sky High and The Dukes of Hazard. Carter's 2005 output was the most work that she had produced in a single year since the 1970s. Of course, no one is going to complain about seeing more Lynda Carter, and her reemergence was refreshing to see.
During this time, Lynda Carter also began doing voice work in video games, further expanding her already impressive resume. Harking back to her career heights in the 1970s, this gorgeous photo of Lynda Carter was a precursor for what was to come. She maintained her acting career, and stayed gorgeous while doing so. Though her prime was in the 1970s, she continued to be one of Hollywood's most beautiful women.
1 A Colorful Style
Now that she kicked off a string of successful guest appearances and voice acting roles in video games, Carter continued her renewed success. Her one-off role on the show Smallville was a real treat for comic book fans, and seeing Carter back in the DC Universe was fantastic. She followed this with the release of her second studio album At Last in 2009, and with an appearance on Two and a Half Men in 2013. Recently, she landed a recurring role on the show Supergirl, playing a US President. Much like her role on Smallville, seeing Carter back in the DC Universe just felt right. Even though Wonder Woman was decades ago, Carter will always be a fixture in the comic community.
Whether you are a longtime fan or a recent lover of comics, going back to the roots of Wonder Woman and appreciating the career of Lynda Carter is a good feeling. She was ahead of her time, and she helped pave the way for female superheroes. Her strength and beauty set the tone for the future of the role, and it is safe to say that it is in good hands with Gal Gadot.