Thursday, April 29, 2010

Linda Jean Córdoba Carter (Samuels/Altman)

While not the first actress to play Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter is certainly the best-known.
A former Miss USA with several minor tv acting credits, Lynda stepped into the star-spangled ensemble after a previous pilot with a miscast Cathy Lee Crosby in a "modernized" version failed to sell.
The nostalgically World War II-set New, Original, Wonder Woman made Lynda a poster-selling sex symbol to rival Farrah Fawcett-Majors!
However, ABC decided not to renew the series, so CBS picked it up, updating it to the present.
The show, retitled New Adventures of Wonder Woman postulated that Princess Diana returned to Paradise Island after WWII, and that new threats to world peace brought her back to the US!
The series ran two more years.
Then Lynda did a number of tv-movies including a biopic of Rita Hayworth and was a regular on two series (Partners in Crime and HawkEye)
Recently, she's done a number of guest-shots on tv series including Smallville and a two-parter on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and supporting roles in several feature films including The Dukes of Hazzard and Sky High, as well as currently touring the country on a caberet singing tour!
If and when they finally make a Wonder Woman feature film, there's only one choice to play the immortal Queen Hippolyta--and that's the greatest Wonder Woman of all--Lynda Carter!
Genre credits include
Slayer(Colonel Jessica Weaver)
Law & Order / Law & Order: SVU (Lorraine Dillion)
Tempbot (Mary Alice)
Smallville (Moira Sullivan)
Sky High (Principal Powers)
Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park aka BloodHead (Lynette)
Terror Peak (Dr. Janet Fraser)
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All (Helen Durant)
Partners in Crime (Carole Stanwyck)
New, Original, Wonder Woman/New Adventures of Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince)
Matt Helm "Panic" (Bobbi Dee)
Starsky & Hutch "Las Vegas Strangler" (Vicki)

Check out...
Lynda Carter Sings!
WonderLand
Other Wonder Women include...
Wonder Woman (unsold pilot 1966) Linda Harrison (Wonder Woman) Ellie May Wood (Diana Prince)
Wonder Woman (1973) Cathy Lee Crosby
Super Friends/The All-New Super Friends Hour/Challenge of the Super Friends(1973-83) Shanon Farnon
SuperFriends: the Legendary Super Powers Show(1984) Constance Crawford
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians(1985) / Superman (1985) "Sorceress of Time" "Birthday Party" BJ Ward
Justice League / Justice League Unlimited(2002-06) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (different continuity from JL / JLU) Susan Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning (WW as child in "Kid's Stuff")
Justice League: New Frontier(2008) Lucy Lawless
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Vanessa Marshall

Wonder Woman(2009) Keri Russell
Movie 43 [Spoof] Leslie Bibb
DC Universe OnLine Gina Torres
Video Game performers: Tara Platt, Courtenay Taylor

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