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Lynda Carter: 1951—: Actress - Late Career Plagued By Bank Scandal

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Carter's picture-perfect world came to an abrupt halt in 1992 when unscrupulous business practices were alleged between First American and Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi, the founder of the scandal-ridden Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). When Altman was indicted for bank fraud in relation to his dealings with BCCI, Carter was outraged and defended her husband vehemently in the press. After a year, Altman was cleared of any wrongdoing. However, fighting the charges had cost Carter and Altman $10 million in legal fees.

In 1994 Carter appeared in her third television series, the syndicated adventure series Hawkeye. In the show Carter starred as a beautiful and brave frontierswoman Elizabeth Shields. The series lasted for two seasons before being discontinued. During the 1990s Carter continued to live in the Washington, D.C., area, traveling back to Hollywood to take on parts in television movies. In the late 1990s her made-for-television appearances included A Secret Between Friends, Shadow Zone: The Undead Express, She Woke Up Pregnant, A Prayer in the Dark, Someone to Love Me, and Family Blessings.

Although Carter has scaled back her acting engagements, she continues to work occasionally. In 2002 she had a bit part as the governor in the raunchy police parody Super Troopers, which was panned by critics but developed something of a cult following. In 2003 she appeared opposite Parker Stevenson in a PAX Network production titled Terror Peak. Even though her role as Wonder Woman lasted just three years, she has never completely broken away from her most famous character. Carter told Entertainment Weekly in 1994: "Pretty soon people will look at me and say, 'That old woman was Wonder Woman?'" Continuing, she added, "But it's kind of fun to be regarded as a cult figure. I could resent it and be miserable. Or not. What am I going to fight it for?"


Selected works


Films


Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw, American International Pictures, 1976

The Shape of Things to Come, Film Ventures, 1979 Super Troopers, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002.

Television movies


The Last Song CBS, 1980.

Born to Be Sold, NBC, 1981.

Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess, CBS, 1983.

Stillwatch, CBS, 1987.

Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All, CBS, 1989.

Danielle Steel's Daddy, NBC, 1991.

Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories, CBS, 1991.

A Secret Between Friends, NBC, 1996.

Shadow Zone: The Undead Express, 1996.

She Woke Up Pregnant, ABC, 1996.

Somone to Love Me, 1998.

Family Blessings, CBS, 1999.

Terror Peak, PAX Network, 2003.


Television series


Wonder Woman, ABC, 1976-77.

The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, CBS, 1977-79.

Partners in Crime, NBC, 1984.

Hawkeye, syndicated, 1994-95.


Television specials


Lynda Carter: Encore, CBS, 1980.

Lynda Carter's Special, CBS, 1980.

Lynda Carter's Celebration, CBS, 1981.

Lynda Carter: Street Lights, CBS, 1982.

Lynda Carter: Body and Soul, CBS, 1984.


Sources

Books


Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Vol. 31. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 2000.

Dictionary of Hispanic Biography, Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 1996.


Periodicals


Entertainment Weekly, September 16, 1994; August 9, 2002.

Ladies' Home Journal, July 1978.

Money, January 1980.

People Weekly, November 7, 1983; March 19, 1984;

October 15, 1984; September 2, 1991; September 12, 1994; July 17, 1995.

Saturday Evening Post, May-June 1983.

Time, January 25, 1988.

TV Guide, January 29, 1977; October 24, 1981.


On-line


The Wonder Woman Pages, www.wonderwomanonline.com (June 4, 2003).

—Kari Bethel

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