Lynda Carter, from superheroine to singer

May 1, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Lynda Carter, better known to most of us as "Wonder Woman," was one of the very first strong female role models on television. Now she's returning to ther first love, music, and working her magic on stage here in the Bay Area.

An Intimate Evening With Lynda Carter
(April 29 - May 4)

Legendary actress Lynda Carter returns for her second engagement with Rrazz Entertainent, following her highly successful debut in 2007. Carter began her career as a singer and toured extensively with various rock bands. After winning the Miss World USA crown in the 1970's, Carter embarked on her career as an actress, and soon found success as the star of the hugely popular television series Wonder Woman. Starring roles in television series followed, including Partners in Crime with Loni Anderson, and the frontier drama, Hawkeye.

Carter produced and hosted a series of five Emmy-winning television specials featuring her singing and dancing, appearing with such guest stars as Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, and Tom Jones. She continues to perform on stage around the world, including headline performances in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Atlantic City, Monte Carlo and the London Palladium.

She starred in the West End production of Chicago, and performed at the Chicago's 10th Anniversary on Broadway celebration at the Ambassador Theatre in NY, with other original revival stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, and others. Her numerous film credits include the title role in Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess and more recently, two major studio features: Dukes of Hazzard and Sky High. Carter has been featured in a number of national advertising campaigns, serving as Beauty and Fashion Director for Maybelline Cosmetics, and for thirteen years appearing as Maybelline's "face" to the public in print and broadcast campaigns.

The Rrazz Room is located on the main floor of Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street in San Francisco. Tickets to all performances may be purchased through the Box Office at 866/468-3399, or through the website: www.TheRrazzRoom.com.

About Lynda Carter

Carter was born Linda Jean Córdova Carter in Phoenix, Arizona. Her father, Colby Carter is an Irish American, and her mother, Juana Córdova, is of Mexican ancestry Carter grew up an avid reader of the Wonder Woman comic books. She went to Globe High School in Globe, Arizona and Arcadia High School in Phoenix. She attended Arizona State University, but after being voted the "most talented" student, she dropped out in order to pursue a career in music. She toured as a singer with several rock groups before returning to Arizona in 1972.

Carter entered a local beauty contest and achieved her first national fame by winning Miss World USA in 1972 representing Arizona. As the United States entrant in the Miss World pageant she reached the semi-finals. After taking acting classes at several New York acting schools, she began making appearances on TV shows such as Starsky and Hutch, Cos and Nakia.

Her acting career did not take off until she landed her starring role in the Wonder Woman television series. Her earnest performance endeared her to fans and critics and the series lasted for three seasons. Thirty years after first taking on the role, Carter continues to be closely identified with Wonder Woman, so much so that it has proved difficult for producers to find a suitable candidate to play the character in subsequent aborted productions (work on the most recent attempt was announced in 2005).

Carter's other credits include the title role in a 1983 biopic of Rita Hayworth and a variety of her own television specials ; Lynda Carter's Special (1980), Encore! (1980), Celebration (1981), Street Life (1982), and Body And Soul (1984). She also starred in a few short-lived TV series, including Partners in Crime with Loni Anderson in 1984, and Hawkeye with Lee Horsley. During the late 1970s, she recorded the album Portrait and made numerous guest appearances on variety television programs in a musical capacity. She also sang two of her songs in the Wonder Woman episode "Amazon Hot Wax."

In 2001, Carter was cast in the independent comedy feature Super Troopers as Vermont Governor Jessman. The writer-stars of the film, the comedy troupe Broken Lizard with member Jay Chandrasekhar directing, had specifically sought Carter for the role, with plans to approach other television actresses of the 1970s had Carter declined. Carter had her first appearance in a major feature film in a number of years in the 2005 big-screen remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, also directed by Chandrasekhar. She also played in the 2005 movie Sky High as Principal Powers, the head of a school for superheroes. The script allowed for Carter to poke fun at her most famous character when she states: "What a waste. I can't do anything more to help you. I'm not Wonder Woman, y'know." Lynda returned to the DC Comics' television world on the 2007 episode of Smallville titled "Progeny" playing Chloe Sullivan's Kryptonite-empowered mother. Carter has also done voiceover work for video games, performing voices for the Nord and Orsimer (Orc) females in two computer games from The Elder Scrolls series. These are The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

From September 26, 2005 until November of that year, Carter played the role of Mama Morton in the West End London production of Chicago. Her rendition of "When You're Good to Mama" was officially released on the Chicago: 10th Anniversary Edition cd box set in October of 2006. Receiving positive response to the song's release, Lynda booked her own cabaret tour act. It was first scheduled in San Francisco at the York Hotel's Empire Plush Room from May 1 - 6, 2007 and proceeded to tour around the U.S. Lynda also marked July 17, 2007 as the date to record her second solo musical release.


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