Olivia Newton-John is perhaps best known for her portrayal of the naive Sandy in the 1978 film adaptation of Grease. Her innocent, doe-eyed image has followed her for her whole life, but Newton-John has not always been such a sweetheart in her personal life. From a number of tumultuous and high profile relationships, to a well-publicized health crisis, and estrangement from her daughter, Newton-John has struggled to stay out of the tabloids. But now, she’s finally speaking out about everything…
Every Day Is A Gift
There is no denying that Olivia Newton-John has faced some big challenges recently. The Grease star has had numerous health battles, but seems to have overcome every obstacle that has come her way so far.
“I’m so lucky that I’ve been through this three times and I’m still here. I’m living with it,” she said. “It’s just reinforced my gratitude…Every day is a gift.” With help from husband John Easterling and her undying love from her fans, Olivia has vowed to live her life to the fullest…
A Vanishing Act
In 2005, Olivia Newton-John found her world shaken when on again off again boyfriend of 9 years, Patrick McDermott, disappeared without a trace.
Though the couple had recently broken up, Olivia was still distraught by his mysterious death. She never expected what detectives would uncover when they looked deeper into the case…
She Thought He Just Went Fishing
Despite their recent break up, the couple had remained friends. McDermott had announced a fishing trip along the California coast, where he supposedly fell overboard. Luckily, Newton-John was not implicated in the disappearance, but the details surrounding the incident were bizarre.
No one on the crew saw him fall, nor was his body ever found. Poor Olivia was left searching for answers, but new revelations came to light after an extensive investigation by authorities.
His Sinister Secret
Following the investigation of his disappearance, rumors began that McDermott had staged the whole thing in order to shirk his responsibility to pay his ex-wife, Yvette Nipar, child support.
Though the couple had supposedly split prior to his disappearance, Olivia was still heartbroken over the incident. Complicating matters further, 5 years later detectives uncovered evidence that he was hiding in Mexico all along, after an internet account was traced back to McDermott. Newton-John couldn’t fathom how she’d been so deceived after so long.
Olivia Shares Her Sadness
Following the revelation that her former boyfriend hadn’t been lost at sea, but was supposedly sailing the coast of Mexico, Olivia released a statement regarding McDermott. She was only cleared as a suspect because she was in Australia when he disappeared.
She told Women’s Weekly Australia, “I think there will always be a question mark. Even though the U.S. Coast Guard has closed the case and considers him missing at sea, I don’t think I will ever really be at peace with it.”
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
In the wake of McDermott’s disappearance, Newton-John eventually shared that she fell into a deep depression that was only aided by medication. She told interviewers at The Times of London in 2009 that she was on the medication for 3 months as she coped with the harrowing news.
“I took them until I could see the light again and never did them again,” she said. “I didn’t want to become dependent on them. That’s why I stopped.”
The Truth Comes Out
Five years after his disappearance, Dateline NBC commissioned a number of private eyes to reopen McDermott’s case in light of the puzzling internet activity they saw coming from the coast near Puerta Vallarta.
The team finally cornered McDermott, who was living under an assumed identity. At a press conference finally closing the case, the private eyes announced that McDermott just wanted to be left alone. After all the heartache, Newton-John refused to comment on the revelation.
A Mother’s Tragedy
In 2007, Olivia Newton-John made magazine headlines again when it came to light that her daughter Chloe was suffering from an eating disorder. Chloe blamed her mental health struggles on her absent parents, telling People in 2008 that her problems started in the wake of her parents’ divorce.
She said, “My dad lived away and my mom was touring. I was alone a lot and I couldn’t handle it.” Perhaps Newton-John should have considered her daughter’s needs when she assumed sole custody.
Fame Over Children
Olivia’s daughter Chloe told People in 2008 that her mom often left her alone to tour when she was young. The young girl was lost without that emotional connection to her mother.
She recalled, “I never had the consistency of my mother coming home every day and having dinner with the family. I missed out on a lot with her. I had this feeling in me like, ‘Okay, you’re not a priority—so just deal with it.’”
Didn’t Know How To Cope
As Newton-John continued to disregard her daughter’s emotional anguish, her troubles spiraled out of control. Chloe explained, “I remember being 16 and having the house to myself for months at a time.
That develops into a big welt of sadness.” She filled the void in her life by severely restricting her food intake. While Newton-John would never admit to not loving her daughter, her oversight with regards to the inadequate care she was bestowing upon the impressionable teen had devastating consequences.
Dad Saves The Day
Newton-John was so absent in Chloe’s life that the teen was forced to reconnect with her father, Matt Lattanzi, in order to confront her struggles. “I didn’t feel worthy of existing,” Chloe confessed.
Newton-John had no clue how dire Chloe’s situation was. It was only because her father began attending therapy sessions alongside of her that her parents finally intervened and got her help. She was frightened at just how ill her daughter had become without even noticing.
Making The Change
After Chloe finally shared with her father what she was struggling with, it was time to confront Olivia with her neglect. She was stunned that she could have been so clueless.
Chloe shared that Newton-John was receptive to the confrontation. Newton-John for her part told People, “I made the point to be involved in her life and what she was going through. That’s when things started to turn around.” But could the couple overcome their personal animosity?
How It All Started
Newton-John shared with People that her daughter had an idyllic childhood growing up on the beaches of Malibu, connecting over music with her father and passing her time by making arts and crafts projects for her mother.
But Newton-John and Chloe’s father, Matt Lattanzi split up when Chloe was 9, and things went south quickly. She had limited contact with her father for the next few years, and an absent mother who was busy traveling the world as a singer. Chloe’s depression only grew.
To combat Chloe’s illness, Olivia and her ex-husband needed to make amends. She even allowed Lattanzi to temporarily move back into her house while Chloe was in treatment in order to best support their daughter.
They both became better at expressing their love to their daughter. Newton-John talked about the lesson she learned from the crisis, “Through this experience, I really realized how much Chloe means to me,” Newton-John says. “We’ve been fantastic ever since.”
A Terrifying Flashback
But that was not the end of Chloe’s struggles. In 2010, she went missing on Christmas Eve while she was out with some friends. Newton-John immediately flashed back to the last missing person in her life, Patrick McDermott.
Last she knew, Chloe was clubbing with her friends in Miami before vanishing without a trace for over 12 hours. One of Chloe’s friends finally made contact with Newton-John, informing her that Chloe had been taken to a hotel with some new friends and had been sleeping.
Olivia’s Life Changing News
In 1992, Olivia Newton-John was ready to revive her flailing career. She planned to release a new collection of her greatest hits and was ready to hit the road again for the first time since she went on tour with Physical 10 years earlier in 1992.
But as she was on the brink of her departure, Newton-John received a devastating diagnosis from her doctors. She had breast cancer. Her tour was cancelled as Newton-John needed to focus her time and energy on treatment.
Focusing On Herself
Newton-John immediately rushed into surgery, deciding on a modified radical mastectomy with immediate reconstruction as the best course of action. Though she was calm about the impending surgical procedure, it was the idea of chemotherapy that really scared her.
“I was afraid I would be allergic, that they would put the needle in me and I would die.” Newton-John revealed to reporters. But she was not going to let fear get in the way of her health.
Making Peace With Her Soul
Newton-John proceeded from surgery to chemo, despite her reservations, while also engaging in complementary medical practices, including taking herbal supplements and getting acupuncture to combat the nausea and searing eye pain she was experience.
She shared that she took a holistic approach as she followed the advice of top doctors while also healing her soul through meditation and praying with her Buddhist friends. Newton-John knew that without inner peace her recovery would be hampered.
Blackmailed Into Going Public
Olivia Newton-John wanted to keep her illness private, but when a magazine caught wind of her battle with the disease, they pressured her into go public with the details.
It was the last thing she needed while she was battling for her life. But to her relief, she found that opening up with the public helped her process the fear she was feeling, and it was empowering others to begin conversations regarding early detection and research. Things were starting to look up.
The Fog Clears
Olivia fought the disease for two years before doctors told her she was in remission. She credits her friends and loved ones for being an integral part of her recovery.
Newton-John said it was like she “emerged [from] initial shock and fog of her illness.” She also called recovery “a long, transitional process” as you finally let go over the fear that the illness will return. Unfortunately, Olivia had no idea that the battle was not truly over, even after passing the 5 year mark.
Being Her Own Advocate
In reflecting on her illness, she shared in a later interview that doctors were hesitant to take her symptoms seriously when both a mammogram and a needle biopsy came up benign.
She told Saga in 2013, “I insisted on a surgical biopsy and that confirmed I had cancer. You need to encourage your doctor to do more, despite the fact that all you really want to hear is good news.” Her experience with the disease caused her to become an outspoken advocate for other women.
Walking The Great Wall
Newton-John took placed her renewed vigor into writing albums that focused on the emotional journey she went through while she was ill, and she began using her public influence to fundraise for a number of breast cancer advocacy organizations.
But Olivia wanted to think bigger. In a considerable fundraising drive in 2008, she organized a walk of the entirety of the Great Wall of China, which took her 3 weeks to complete. She was joined by other survivors and celebrities for parts of the journey.
Putting Her Money To Good Use
Twenty years after Newton-John’s initial diagnosis, she used the money she raised on her walk, in addition to personal funds in order to open the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, located in Melbourne, Australia.
She also wrote and released a cookbook in order to share her recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle with others. Despite her best intentions, the tragic disease has continued to affect her life.
Suing For Royalties
Nearly 40 years after the release of the soundtrack for Grease, Newton-John still had not been paid her royalties for album sales. She found herself embroiled in a nasty lawsuit with Universal Music Group, who tried to throw out the case entirely before ultimately caving to Newton-John’s demands.
The music moguls claimed the court had no jurisdiction in California, but when it seemed the court disagreed they decided to settle with Newton-John before the case went to trial.
Losing Her Goddaughter
Before Olivia’s own diagnosis, tragedy struck her best friend, Nancy Chuda’s, family when Nancy’s five year old daughter was diagnosed with a kidney cancer that is common in children. Collette Chuda was Olivia’s goddaughter, and Newton-John was absolutely shattered as she watched Collette’s illness progress.
Nancy said of her own daughter’s experience with the invasive and painful therapy, “Olivia had seen Colette go through such agony. She had to realize the process could be different for her.” Thankfully, it was.
The Physical Controversy
Olivia Newton-John took a page from Sandy’s playbook and attempted a mid-career image transformation, leaving behind the sweet girl next door image for a more tantalizing persona.
When she released “Physical” in 1981, fans went wild about the anthem, which was wildly suggestive. But Olivia balked at the connotations, covering it up by recording her now iconic music video in a leotard, tights, and sweatband, popularizing the outfit in aerobics classes everywhere. Despite her discomfort with her edgier side, Physical became her most successful album.
Being Sandra Dee
When Newton-John was first beginning her music career with then singing partner, Pat Carroll, the pair infamously booked themselves a show at an adult club, unaware of the true reputation of the venue, which was Paul Raymond’s Revue bar.
The pair were modestly dressed in frilly high collared dresses, in stark contrast to the revealing costumes of the other performers. The bar did not ask the duo to come back for a second performance. Though they were embarrassed, the incident did not deter their ambitions.
Newton-John just can’t seem to escape family tragedy. In 2013, her older sister Rona was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was so aggressive, she passed away only a month later.
She shared the news on her Facebook page, noting that the date of Rona’s passing was the same as their mother’s birthday. She emphasized that Rona luckily had been spared a lot of pain. She continued, “I will miss her forever – my beautiful, smart, talented, funny, brave sister Rona.”
1991 was a bad year for Newton-John. On top of the loss of her goddaughter, her attempt to expand her celebrity into what was first an Australian imports store, which then evolved into a women’s clothing line.
Newton-John partnered with her old friend Pat Carroll on the venture, and though they found some early success, the company went bust only a few years later. The ladies were forced to declare bankruptcy in 1991, closing the business entirely in 1992.
Newton-John disappointed her fans in 2017 when she cancelled a scheduled tour due to back pain. Only it turned out to be much worse than she thought. Her cancer had returned, this time, in her sacrum.
But three months after her initial announcement, she has spoken out about the continued support offered to her by fans, saying her treatments are almost done, and she’s ready to hit the road once more. But it wouldn’t be an Olivia health scare without some controversy…
Newton-John has most recently made headlines for her outspoken advocacy of a particular herbal treatment to manage her cancer pain. Though medicinal varieties are readily available in California, she is on the crusade to make the remedy an accessible option in her native Australia as well.
“It’s an important part of treatment, and it should be available,” she told reporters. “I use it for the pain and it’s also a medicinal thing to do — the research shows it’s really helpful.”
A Serial Monogamist
Newton-John has had a number of high profile relationships, one often flowing into another. Though she first found success as a performer in the 1960s, her relationships with already known artists didn’t begin until she was featured on Cliff Richard’s show in the 1970s, where she met rocker boyfriend Bruce Welch….who was unfortunately still married when they met.
Though the pair eventually got engaged, the relationship soured prior to their nuptials, and Olivia moved on to another turbulent relationship.
That was not the end of Olivia’s love life. She immediately fell in love with Lee Kramer when they met on vacation in 1973. He gave up his shoe business to become her manager and their torrid affair progressed quickly, as they moved in with one another shortly after Newton-John resettled in Los Angeles.
But business wriggled its way into their love, as Olivia often resented Kramer’s business decisions. Though the relationship lasted 5 years, a Olivia termed most of it “one long break up”.
From Xanadu to “I do”
But Olivia just couldn’t seem to manage without a man in her life, and despite the drawn out break up with Kramer during the production of Grease, Newton-John was back on the market soon after.
She met Matt Lattanzi, a dancer who is 11 years younger than her when the two began work on Olivia’s other big film success, Xanadu. Lattanzi was only 20 years old when he got involved with Newton-John, too young to know what he wanted in life.
Newton-John and Lattanzi married in 1984, when he was 25 and she was 36. She gave birth to their only daughter, Chloe, in 1986. Even then, their friends found them to be an odd couple, with little in common outside of Xanadu.
They were from vastly different backgrounds, Newton-John came from a family of intellectuals and Lattanzi is descended from blue collar workers. But somehow, they managed to stick it out for over 15 years before the relationship was deemed irreconcilable.
Why He Stayed
When the couple announced their imminent divorce in 1994, People reported that though Newton-John’s illness had kept them together, her recovery made their differences unbridgeable.
Olivia’s niece shared that Lattanzi was unbelievably supportive during her treatment, but afterwards Olivia was far too focused on meditation and spiritual pursuits, while Lattanzi just wanted to spend time with his friends and go scuba diving. It’s interesting now that Lattanzi has recently decided to live off the grid in a Malibu teepee.
The Latest Love
Still, Newton-John needed a partner. It would seem that she finally learned from her tumultuous relationships when she took up with John Easterling, one of her first boyfriends who was not in show business.
He is an herbalist, which fits well with Olivia’s new zen persona. The pair fell in love slowly over the years, and both feel that being in their 60’s has not diminished but rather enhanced the strength of their commitment to one another.
Eloping In Peru
Olivia Newton-John was finally ready to take the next step with Easterling in 2008. Telling no one but her daughter Chloe, the pair snuck off to Peru, where they married in a spiritual ceremony on top of a mountain in Cuzco, the heart of the Andes.
They followed up with a civil ceremony in Florida, and only announced it to their friends and family several weeks later. She told People the secrecy was because “it was the one thing I could keep private.”
Almost Passed Over
Randal Kleiser, the director of the classic 1978 film Grease shared with Bustle in 2015 that he’d very nearly passed over Newton-John for the role of Sandy. Kleiser had been college roommates with George Lucas at University of Southern California.
Star Wars was just wrapping production when casting for Grease began, and Lucas invited Kleiser to look at the Star Wars footage to get a better look at Carrie Fisher, whom he was considering for Sandy. Luckily for Olivia, Kleiser couldn’t get over her ludicrous hairstyle.
Scared To Play Sandy
When Olivia Newton-John was first offered the iconic role of Sandy, complete with an offer to rework the script so she the character would be Australian, Newton-John thought she was too old to play a high schooler.
At 29, Newton-John still possessed an innocent, doe eyed look, to the point that the director was almost worried that they wouldn’t be able to sell her bad girl transformation at the end of the film. Luckily for both, Olivia pulled it off.
A Real Summer Love
And what of the rumors that Newton-John and Grease costar John Travolta had an affair during the shoot? Olivia says none of that is true, as she was still involved in a protracted break up with Lee Kramer.
But she admits she absolutely had a crush on him, and it seems Travolta felt the same about her. The on screen couple recently shared that they did often flirt on set, a testament to why their on screen chemistry was so powerful.
Wonder Woman Controversy
When the United Nations wanted to name Wonder Woman as the organization’s ambassador, their intention was to represent female empowerment. Nevertheless this was not taken too well by others, and more than 600 UN staff members signed a petition to stop it. While some saw the representation of Wonder Woman as not being an appropriate spokeswoman for the United Nations, Carter emphasized that the role of Wonder Woman and all she embodied, was “about fighting for freedom” rather than a woman walking around in scantily clad clothing.
Not All Girls Wanted To Be Like Carter
Before there was confirmation that Gal Gadot would reprise the role of Wonder Woman in the 2017 remake, rumors circulated that it would be Megan Fox. Carter was ready to point out, however, that Megan had previously trashed Wonder Woman. Fox was quoted as saying that Wonder Woman was a “lame superhero” and further went to say “I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”
Originally, the actress was due to play in Francis Ford Coppola’s epic Apocalypse Now. Carter was initially cast as a character in the movie, but after the film’s production was delayed by various circumstances, she could not appear in it due to a schedule conflict with filming a new season for Wonder Woman. Carter was replaced by Colleen Camp, but some footage of her remained of the Redux version that was released in 2001. A photograph of Carter appears during a small scene in the movie.
Her career began when 21-year old Carter had spontaneously applied for a local beauty competition that was held in her home state of Arizona. After she won first place, Carter was sent to compete, and subsequently won, in the Miss Phoenix and Miss Arizona competitions. Carter then represented the United States in the Miss World Pageant in 1972, eventually reaching the contest’s semi-finals. Although she didn’t win, the competition successfully helped boost Carter’s status in the entertainment business thereafter.
A True Wonder Woman
Carter is also a wonder woman in her own right, highlighted through her support for socio-political issues. Throughout her career, the actress constantly supported different causes and has been raising awareness for many socio-political issues including equal rights for the LGBT community, while frequently attending pride parades in Washington D.C. The actress also supports women’s rights and is an advocate regarding the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a sickness which plagued Carter’s mother for over 30 years.
It is not often you hear of Hollywood actors performing their own stunts in movies, unless they get some crazy adrenaline thrill and there is little chance of their life being in danger. When Carter saw that her stunt double looked nothing like her in a shot from the season two episode Anschulus 77, Carter stood up to the plate of doing the helicopter stunt herself. This is when you see Lynda Carter actually holding onto the helicopter and being lifted 50 feet in the air…
Her Own Stunt Double
During the 70’s, the entertainment business was comprised almost entirely of men. When filming the dangerous scene of hanging from the helicopter herself, Carter was furious when she found out that there weren’t any female stunt doubles to perform it – hence taking it on herself. She exclaimed that it was absurd for a stunt man to perform her moves in any circumstance, so after the incident, the studios decided to hire the first stunt woman in Hollywood.
Don’t Mess With Wonder Woman
Carter may have proven confident in doing her own stunts at times, but it was down to her stunt double to complete the rest. So technically speaking, her stunt double, Jeannie Epper, also had the role of Wonder Woman. Her son, of course bragged about this at school, only to be laughed at by his classmates. Carter didn’t let Epper miss out on the credit, and invited her son’s class to see Epper as a superhero in action.
Changing Her Name
Ever since she was a little girl, Lynda Carter knew that she was going to have a career in show business. The talented actress and singer was born in Phoenix, Arizona as Linda Jean Cordova Carter, but she preferred to be known as one of a kind. She then chose to change her name from Linda to the exotic Lynda in order to stand alone on her own in the entertainment industry, and that was the start of Lynda Carter.
A Triple Threat
Although Lynda Carter is a household name due to her TV and film career, she actually started as a musician. Choosing to pursue her passion since a young age, Carter played guitar and marimba in several bands while still in high school. At age 17, she joined her two cousins and together they performed as the musical group named, The Relatives. Their drummer was Gary Burghoff, who later left the band to appear in the hit show M*A*S*H.
Moving To Film
The group toured the United States from coast to coast and went to be an opening act for a show in the Sahara hotel in Las Vegas for almost three months. Since she was under the age of 21, Carter had to be sneaked into the hotel through the kitchen. After the band broke up, Carter joined a different group called The Garfin Gathering in 1970 but chose to keep her musical career on the back burner as she preferred to concentrate on her acting career.
Inventing The Famous Spin
Lynda Carter actually invented the Wonder Woman spin in the series. During an interview she gave in 2005, Carter admitted that she came up with the transformation move, pointing out that it was not present in the original Comic. While the show producers debated on how to perform the change between Diana Prince and Wonder Woman, it was Carter, who was also a dancer, who suggested that she do a pirouette for the transformation, hence creating the character’s trademark.
Staying At The Top Of Her Game
Today, Lynda Carter is still considered as one of the most memorable actors around the world. In addition to her famous performance as Wonder Woman, Carter appeared in many other TV programs, music and theater. At the peak of her career, She was considered as one of the richest actors in Hollywood. Carter has invested most of her earnings in various prospects and bought a mansion in Maryland. Her current net worth is approximately $10 million.
Career In Hollywood
During her career, the successfully accomplished actress focused mainly on the small screen, appearing as a guest performer in several movies. Throughout the years, Carter appeared in many TV shows including The Muppet Show, Law and Order, Smallville and Two and a Half Men. As well as her television roles, she did also feature in numerous films such as Bobbie Joe and the Outlaw, Super Troopers, and the 2005 remake of the classic film, The Dukes of Hazzard.
Performing With Kenny Rogers
After the colossal success of her role in Wonder Woman, Carter decided to return to her first artistic passion – music. Portrait, her first album, was released in 1978 and several songs from it were even performed by Carter herself while portraying Diana Prince on the popular show. In 1980, she joined forces with famous country singer Kenny Rogers to sing a duet, performing the song “You and Me” on her television music special Lynda Carter Special.
Back To Her Roots
In recent years, Carter has decided to make a comeback to her oldest passion – her music. More than 30 years after her first album came out, she released a long-awaited second album in 2009 called, At Last. Her comeback proved to be a good decision by the star, as the album was extremely successful and it quickly topped the U.S. Billboard and Jazz charts. Based on its success, Carter decided to go back to the studio and released her third album in 2011 called, Crazy Little Things.
The Ultimate Female Role Model
Carter had said many times that her role as Wonder Woman was quite revolutionary at the time. She felt that the show presented the idea of feminism for the first time to the general public. The actress pointed out that the show helped in reducing the dominant male presence on American television. In her eyes, Wonder Woman helped lead the way to many other female characters on TV such as Roseanne Barr and Tina Fey.
Lynda Carter possesses a golden touch in everything she does, whether it is in television, film, theater or music. In addition, she also found new territory in the video game industry. Carter is a prolific voice actor, who amongst many roles dubbed several characters in The Elder Scrolls games series. Recently, she voiced a character in the game Fallout 4, while also composing some of her own original music for the game’s soundtrack.
The new Wonder Woman movie would become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, while also receiving critical acclaim from many critics around the world. Amongst the film many accolades, it was named as the best film ever made in the DC Comics universe. Carter expressed her happiness, knowing that her legacy was successfully continued, as she herself was already named as one of the honorees in the company’s 50th-anniversary publication for her work on the original Wonder Woman series.
Learning From Her Mother
Carter praised her mother, Juanita Cordova, claiming often that she was ahead of her time. When she grew up in Arizona as a little girl, the model recalled her mother being extra caring about her and her looks. Carter’s mother was very aware of the sun’s many hazards and warned her daughter to always look out after herself. The actress still admires her mother until this day, who’s skin and looks are well preserved even into her 80’s.
Regarding her weight, Carter has stated that she used to have a perfect body in her youth, but now works extremely hard in order to maintain it. According to the former model and actress, she gains weight easily but has decided to never keep any “fat clothes” in her closet as a lesson in life. Carter said that when your jeans do not fit, it’s time for you to work hard in order to fit back into them.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
Lynda Carter’s daughter, Jessica Altman Carter, sure got the glamour genes of her mother. While Jessica never thought of starting a career in the entertainment business, many fans around the world suggested that the beautiful Jessica should be replacing her mother’s role in the new version of Wonder Woman. While we have no idea about her talent, her looks are just stunning and she should be considered for the part. No offense, Gal Gadot.
Hilary Clinton Supporter
During the tenuous 2016 general elections, Hillary Clinton was getting a lot of hate from all sides. And yet, one of the people who always stood by her side was Lynda Carter. Carter sees a lot of Wonder Woman in Hillary, and says that she supported her all the way. Carter believed that Hillary would have been able to hit the ground running and take up the banner of the presidency. She also likes what the Bernie Sanders supporters had to say as well.
A Jet Setter
When Lynda Carter isn’t traveling for work and to different performances, she also likes to travel to remote and exotic locations. And two of her favorite places to travel are to the jungles of Myanmar as well as to the Serengeti in Tanzania. However, when she goes to these places, she is not going for a spiritual or adventure trip. She is going to sightsee, and does it all in first class style, of course.
When Lynda Carter is on the road, she has to travel from state to state all across the America. It’s a schedule enough to wear down any 25 year old musician, let alone someone over twice that age. Lynda’s schedule to ensure she remains alert and focused, therefore incorporates a lot of physical movement and exercise. One of the things she does is find a coffee shop a half mile away from her hotel, walk to it, drink, and walk back every morning.
Palm Springs Walk Of Stars
In 2014, Lynda was honored with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. The 62 year old at the time was being acknowledged for her work as the ultimate super woman. As a film icon, a humanitarian and a singer, the former Wonder Woman accepted this honor before it is time to give over her crown to the newest Wonder Woman in the newest version of the 70’s hit, Gal Gadot.
Wonder Woman Take 2
When it was announced that Wonder Woman would be reprised in 2016, Carter fans most likely rejoiced at the prospect of seeing their favorite female super heroine on screen. However, the 70’s star was replaced with Gal Gadot this time around. Although Carter proclaimed she would have loved to have a feature in the film, this was not the case. Yet, that is not to say all hope is lost. Rumors have already circulated that Carter could have a role in the sequel to the film.
While Carter has moved back to her passion of music, and moved to Washington, D.C. to leave the life of Hollywood, Carter still has her foot in acting. She can still be seen on TV screens, on the CW show Supergirl. Coincidently a theme similar to her most famous role in Wonder Woman, maybe she is just a fan of superhero shows. However, this time round she takes on the role of President Olivia Marsdin but understands completely what Supergirl star, Melissa Benoist is going through.
In all the challenges Carter may have faced in her life, it must have come as an even greater disappointment to hear that some considered her to be too pretty for audiences to handle. A hard one to combat, right? Fortunately, the network executives fears were dissolved following the immediate success Wonder Woman’s release. And while she never set out to be a siren vixen, fans were not shy in sharing their thoughts with her making sure they would write to her and let her know.
Carter was married to her first husband, her former talent agent Ron Samuels, from 1977 to 1982. In 1984, she met and married her current husband, Attorney Robert A. Altman (not to be confused with the famous director). Altman was employed in Washington D.C. and the actress chose to leave Hollywood in order to join him in 1985. Together, they had two children; James, born in 1988, and Jessica, born in 1990 and today live in a 20,000 square foot mansion in Potomac, Maryland.
Handing Over The Crown
When news broke that Lynda Carter would not be playing Wonder Woman over thirty years on from her original role, she stated “it would be dishonest of me to say I didn’t have a little pang of “well, here it goes”. Though, when she met Gal Gadot, the new Wonder Woman on our film screens, and following skepticism of Gal playing the role, she felt like her super heroine reprisal was in good hands and supported her on the red carpet.
Sometimes it’s not easy being pretty, with a perfect figure, and talents in acting and singing. The children Carter attended school with certainly did not make an exception for the future Wonder Woman. Rather, she had the nickname, Olive Oyl, a reference to the lanky Popeye character. With all her perfections, they saw her height and large feet as flaws for the aspiring actress and musician. Maybe they would have acted slightly different if they knew she would be one of Hollywood’s future icons.
While Hollywood screams glitz and glamour, this is not always the case for rising stars. Amongst all her riches and fame, Lynda found that she had little substance in her life. That is why following from shooting her last episode in Wonder Woman, she and husband left the City of Angels to set up a home in Washington, D.C. where her husband worked. Regardless of being in the height of her career, she eventually found fulfillment in her life when she had children.
In 1992, Carter’s second husband, Robert A. Altman, was accused of a banking fraud. Altman, who is a lawyer, was charged with an attempt to defraud regulators about a secret acquisition involving the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. He was prosecuted in court and was facing a long sentence. Luckily for Altman, Carter was at his side at all times and supported him throughout his trial. Despite all of the drawn out drama, in the end Altman was acquitted of all charges.
Her Drinking Problem
The famous TV star from the 70’s had admitted in an interview that she suffered from alcoholism in the past. She began drinking in her twenties after Wonder Woman went off the air, but increased it after her first marriage ended in 1982. The actress revealed that she drank in order to avoid her “emotional difficulties” from her first marriage.
Hiding Her Secret
According to Carter, things had gotten worse following her second marriage. Lynda said that she was very good at hiding her condition, but also said that she did not feel present in her childrens’ lives. Eventually, after many years, Carter understood that she could no longer keep it as a secret from her family. It was her husband Robert who eventually urged the actress to seek professional help for the sake of their relationship and their children.
Carter then decided to take her life back in her own hands. She decided it was time to seek out treatment at a rehabilitation center near her home in Washington D.C. According to the actress, she asked God for help and guidance in order to recover from her situation. Luckily, her treatment was successful and Carter said that she learned a great deal about herself and about the best measures of human nature. She is now 20 years sober.
Even at the age of 66, Lynda Carter is often considered as one of the most beautiful, well preserved mature actresses in the world of show business. However, many rumors began circulating regarding her overly-natural look. According to various sources, Carter allegedly underwent several plastic surgeries as she began to suffer from wrinkles around her face and neck a few years ago. Many reporters claimed that she allegedly had a successful facelift in order to keep her skin firm.
End Of The Road
It was nearly the end of her acting career before landing Wonder Woman. According to Carter, she had only $25 in her bank account when she got the call from the producers telling her she got the role. However, before beating 2,000 women to this iconic role and going onto make millions, she was in the position of asking friends for loans in order to pay rent until she received her first paycheck – we sure hope they all got their loans back.