Lynda Carter is an American actress, singer, songwriter and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World America 1972 and also the star of the TV series Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979. Carter was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Juanita (née Córdova) and Colby Carter.
In 1972, Carter won a local Arizona beauty contest and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. In the international 1972 Miss World pageant, representing the United States, she reached the semifinals. After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she made her first acting appearance, in an episode of the 1974 police drama Nakia entitled “Roots of Anger”. She then began making appearances on such TV shows as Starsky and Hutch and Cos, and in several “B” movies.