As Wonder Woman celebrates its 75th anniversary, Lynda Carter, the star of the TV hit, opens up to Closer Weekly in an exclusive interview revealing how Wonder Woman’s character inspired her as well as many other people around the world.

Wonder Woman taught women to be who you are,” Lynda tells Closer. “I have received the greatest letters from people telling me what an inspiration she was to them because she represents an inner strength every woman has.”

Lynda, a former Miss World, wasn’t feeling so confident in 1975 when her series almost didn’t make it on the air. “TV executives didn’t think there was a market for a female holding a show like Wonder Woman,” Lynda marvels. “Women were buying all their products, yet men dominated the shows.”

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That changed after Wonder Woman premiered and proved popular with both sexes. “She was very feminine yet strong,” Herbie J Pilato, author of Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, tells Closer. “She helped women’s liberation move forward.”

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Lynda on Wonder Woman in January 1977. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Today the character of Wonder Woman remains as popular as ever: Gal Gadot played her in the recent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film and will again star in the new 2017 film, Wonder Woman, hitting theaters on Friday, June 2.

The big premiere comes two months after Gal welcomed her second baby, a little girl. “And then we were four… She is here, Maya. I feel so completely blessed and thankful for all the Wonders in my life #Family #Newborn #Greatful,” she wrote at the time.

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Gal opened up about her superhero role in a previous interview. “For [the movie’s director Patty Jenkins], it was very important to not just portray her as a goddess, but to tell a very simple story of someone who believes in good and believes that people should be happy and lead safe, happy lives,” she said.

“We cared a lot about simplifying Wonder Woman’s agenda because it is simple. It was her heart that we cared about, not her being this warrior,” Gal continued. “When you tell a story from the heart, all of us can relate, because all of us want to live in a safe, quiet, and peaceful world.”

“To honor Wonder Woman and women all over the world is just amazing,” she says, a heroine who has never gone out of style.

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