We all know Gal Gadot as the star of Wonder Woman today, but before there was Gal, Lynda Carter was the lasso carrying heroine that we all admired (and secretly wanted to be). From 1975 to 1979, Lynda kicked butt on TV screens everywhere in that iconic red, white, and blue leotard. Now, she’s finally being recognized for her achievements with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
On Tuesday, April 3, Lynda, 66, was presented with the 2,632nd star, making her one of only a handful of Latinas to earn this distinction. (Lynda’s mother is Mexican.) Patty Jenkins, the director of the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman, was a guest speaker at the event. As Wonder Woman the TV series wrapped up in the late ’70s, Lynda had already transitioned to other pursuits.
In 1978, Lynda released her first album, Portrait. She even performed two songs from the album — “Want to Get Beside You” and “Toto (Don’t It Feel Like Paradise)” — as Diana Prince in a 1979 episode of Wonder Woman. In addition to playing actress Rita Hayworth in the 1983 biopic Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess, Lynda made the move back to TV, singing in several TV musical specials.
In 2016, Lynda appeared on Supergirl, an action-hero TV show on the CW in which actress Melissa Benoist played Superman’s cousin, Kara. Outside of acting, Lynda has been married twice. She and former talent agent Ron Samuels tied the knot in 1977 before splitting in 1982. In 1984, Lynda married attorney Robert A. Altman and together they have two children: James (born in 1988) and Jessica (born in 1990). So what’s next for Lynda? Considering how good she looks at 66 years old, a cameo in Wonder Woman 2 certainly shouldn’t be out of the question!
Lynda as Wonder Woman.
This post originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.