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

Friday, April 23, 2010

Jennifer Lynn Lopez (Noa / Judd / Anthony)

Your first thought is "Jennifer Lopez's done action / sci-fi / fantasy?"
While most of her films (including the newest one The Back-Up Plan) are, indeed, fantasies, they're romance fantasies.
But, JLo's done some true genre work (and done it well)!
And, truth to tell, I miss the sassy hot-body dancer of her In Living Color "Fly Girl" days...
Bus, she'll soon be back on Fox as a judge on American Idol!

Genre appearances include...
The Cell(Katherine Deane)
Money Train(Grace Santiago)
U Turn(Grace McKenna)
Anaconda(Terri Flores)
Out of Sight(Karen Sisco)
Antz(Azteca)
Angel Eyes(Sharon Pogue)

Check out...
JLOBronx (FanSite)

Other actresses to play Karen Sisco include...
Carla Gugino in Karen Sisco

Monday, April 19, 2010

Zoe Yadira Zaldaña Nazario

Extensive dance training from childhood thru her teen years led Zoe Yadira Zaldaña Nazario to her first movie role--as a talented but headstrong teen-age dancer in Center Stage.
Since then, she's done little dancing, but a lot of acting in a variety of films in roles ranging from cameos and minor parts to co-starring roles, almost (but not quite) achieving stardom.
With high-profile roles in several franchises, beginning with the reboot Star Trek, plus Avatar sequels and the Guardians of the Galaxy (which links into the Marvel movie Universe), it looks like Zoe's career is going at (dare I say it?) warp speed...
Trivia: Her character in the movie The Terminal is a Trekkie!
Genre appearances include...
Guardians of the Galaxy (Gamora)
Columbiana (Cataleya Restrepo)
Takers (Rachel Jansen)
The Losers (Aisha al-Fadhil)
Skeptic (Cassie)
BlackOut (Claudine)
Avatar (Neytiri Dis'kahan Mo'at'itey)
Star Trek [2009] (Nyota Uhura)
Haven (Andrea)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (AnaMaria)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Criminal"
Law & Order "Merger"

Check out...
Zoe Saldana.com (FanSite)
Zoe Saldana Web (FanSite)
Other actresses to play Nyota Uhura include...
Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek [1966-69] / Star Trek [1973-74] / Star Trek: the Motion Picture / Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan / Star Trek III: the Search for Spock / Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home / Star Trek V: the Final Frontier / Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country / Star Trek: 25th Anniversary [VG] / Star Trek: Judgement Rites [VG]

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