Lynda Carter, best known as network television’s live-action Wonder Woman, was honored with the 2,632nd star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
The TV star struck poses calling back to her small-screen alter ego — planting her fists firmly on her hips and crossing her arms on her chest — and turned the ceremony into a celebration of her family, friends and fans of the comic-book hero.
“Wonder Woman gave birth to my career, and now we have come full circle and we have millions of new fans,” said the statuesque actress, 66, noting the new fandom sparked by 2017’s blockbuster film starring Gal Gadot.
“It seems impossible, but I have been in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years — do the math — and I have loved it all,” the jubilant star said, receiving cheers from the boisterous crowd.
The former beauty queen, who portrayed Amazonian princess Diana Prince on ABC and CBS series from 1975 to 1979, has established a career as a singer while racking up film and TV credits. Then, at the height of her success, she retreated from the limelight to raise her children.
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler ran through a list of Carter’s achievements, noting that she made her TV debut at age 5, then made her professional singing debut at age 14. She became Miss World America in 1972 and was a spokesperson for Maybelline cosmetics.
But it was her portrayal of Wonder Woman, he said, “a character she infused with such depth and humor,” that made the super heroine one of the “most indelible characters in television history.”
Director Patty Jenkins, who helmed 2017’s film adaptation, and CBS honcho Les Moonves, a close friend of Carter and her husband, Robert A. Altman, were also on hand to honor the actress. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actress Marilu Henner and basketball coach Pat Riley joined the throngs who came out to show their support.
Read related Entertainment articles here
“In my youth, no one was more rebellious,” Jenkins said. “In my eyes, Lynda Carter is one of the greatest rebels then and now. Because while everyone else told me that I had to choose — serious or feminine, attractive or strong — only Lynda did whatever the hell she wanted to do. And she did both in everything she did.”
Jenkins said Carter’s portrayal of Wonder Woman made her fall in love with her because “her Wonder Woman made me believe that I could have whatever I wanted, and even more importantly, it made me unashamed to want it.
“She wasn’t afraid to love being a woman and celebrate her femininity all while kicking ass and saving the world,” the director added, describing Carter as a sister, hero, friend and inspiration.
Moonves reminisced about meeting Carter for the first time in a 1970s acting class, fawning over the beautiful aspiring actress and childhood crush.
“The most remarkable thing that I remember then and now is not her extraordinary beauty, which is pretty obvious, but her extraordinary beauty on the inside. … This is truly a magnificent soul,” Moonves said. “She is a legend. She is an icon because of what she stands for as an actress, but more importantly as a woman, as a role model for all of us.”
Carter recalled her early days struggling with rejection and bad reviews, but, she said, “those fade away.”
“I love this business. I love it all. But my fondest memories of my career are the wonderful people I have met,” she continued, acknowledging everyone from the costars to camera operators, publicists to studio executives.
“I would be nowhere without my wonderful fans,” she said, later adding, “I never take it for granted.”
Carter also held back tears while expressing her “unending gratitude” to her family, thanking those in attendance for making her career worthwhile.
“Through the ups and downs and the good times and bad, you have enriched my life and you have always been there for me,” she said. “To all the wonder women out there: We love our men that stand with us and champion our causes and our voices.”
SOURCE: (LA Times)