It has been 20 years since she wore that formfitting superhero
costume of red, white and blue, but many people persist
in thinking of Carter only as Wonder
"It's a definite label that's been put on me,"
she says. "But I've never really minded it. The show
has something of a cult following. I'm thrilled to be a
cult figure. It's a blast."
Like her Amazon princess/superhero character, Carter, a
5' 10" Miss World-U.S.A., had it all: good looks, keen
mind, graceful athleticism, fiercely independent spirit.
Is it any wonder Wonder Woman (1976-79) and Carter
still have adoring fans?
"The comments I get, they're definitely from both
ends of the spectrum. For young men basically, Wonder
Woman was strictly an adolescent fantasy. But there
are women who tell me Wonder Woman was the first show that
gave them a female hero."
The actress, still stunning at 48, has one of the old costumes
and the trademark tiara and bracelets enshrined in a glass
case in her Potomac, Maryland, home. But she's never tempted
to try them on again. "That would be a little sad,
don't you think? That was several lifetimes ago."
Carter starred in two other series (Partners in Crime
in 1984 and Hawkeye in 1994-95) and many TV movies.
But her priority today is home and family. Carter and her
husband of 15 years, Robert Altman, a Washington, D.C.
attorney, have two preteen children, Jamie and Jessica.
Their lives were turned upside-down in 1991 when Altman
was accused of fraud in the BCCI banking scandal, but he
was acquitted in '93. "It was a tragic time,"
she says. "But we're stronger because of it."
Carter still acts occasionally, but it's hard to lure her
away from her Potomac, Maryland life. She finds being a
hands-on mom more rewarding. "I waited a while to have
my family and this is the good stuff."