Even when Lynda Carter was just a little girl, it soon became clear to those around her that she was destined for stardom.

Growing up to become a leading actress, model and singer, Lynda has been making her mark on the entertainment industry since the ’70s. Landing her most iconic role in 1975 as Wonder Woman, Lynda proved to the world that she had what it takes to be the first female on-screen superhero, and it’s safe to say her fame rocketed after the show launched.

But despite living a glamorous lifestyle in the public eye for most her life, Lynda has faced many demons along the way and it certainly hasn’t been an easy ride for the Hollywood legend.

While she’s still seen as an inspiration for many to this day, let’s take a look at the untold story of the woman underneath the Wonder Woman costume.

 

1. She had a troubled time during her teenage years

Despite going on to become a female icon around the world, Lynda had some troubles with bullies while at school in her teens. She once spoke to Time Out magazine about the hard time she went through at school, saying other kids would make fun of her height and large feet. She would often get told she looked like the lanky girl, ‘Olive Oyl’, from Popeye due to how tall she was. But Carter certainly had the last laugh when she went on to become one of the biggest cultural icons ever.

2. She’s earned millions during her career

In the ’70s and ’80s, Lynda was considered one of Hollywood’s richest actresses. As well as her infamous role as Wonder Woman, Carter also starred in many other movies and TV shows, including The Dukes of Hazzard and Law & Order. While she’s earned millions along the way, it’s thought her net worth today is around $10 million – still pretty impressive for someone who’s been in the industry for decades.

3. A beauty pageant queen

Carter’s career actually began when she was just 21-years old. She entered a local beauty competition in her home state of Arizona and to her surprise she walked away with first place. It was clear that she had a talent for beauty contests and was soon asked to participate in the Miss Arizona and Miss Phoenix pageants, both of which she won. In 1972, a few years before becoming Wonder Woman, Lynda took part in Miss World and reached the semi-finals with ease. Although she didn’t walk away with the crown, her involvement in the pageant began to get her noticed within the entertainment industry.