It is a great honor for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's International Film & Television Showcase, it only saddens me that my husband, Tony Blanco, cannot be with me to share this moment, as he would be as honored and proud as I am.
I congratulate you on the beautiful initiative to support and celebrate the dedication, passion and integrity of women in film everywhere, and I thank TheWIFTS Board for considering me worthy of this precious award. I am very sorry to be unable to receive it in person. Thank you!
THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL
FILM & TELEVISION SHOWCASE
DECEMBER 10TH 2017
Passion & Integrity
Commerce & Creativity
Equality Not Hierarchy
Lynda Carter - United States
The Television Pioneer Award
Actress - Singer
Lynda Carter is the recipient of TheWIFTS Television Pioneer Award 2017. Carter starred as Diana Prince, the first Wonder Woman in the CBS TV series in 1973. The aspect that resonated with TV audiences in the series, and hailed Diana Prince a female role model, was Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman as an ordinary woman, with super powers. The show inspired a generation of girls and women to believe they too could be strong and that everything was possible. The Wonder Woman television series ran from 1973 to 1979.
Wonder Woman Day at the United Nations 10-21-2016 - Wonder Woman has been designated as the UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson and actresses
Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot all spoke at this special ceremony.
Music was always a major part of and in the background of Lynda Carter’s life. When the TV series of Wonder Woman went off the air in 1979, she returned to her love and other talent composing and singing and has carved out a very success life as a singer to this day. At the age of five, Lynda made her music debut in a talent show in her hometown, Phoenix, Arizona.
Lynda Carter - Career Time line:1965 - 1970 Carter joins the band Just Us and plays at the Village Inn Pizza Hut near the University of Arizona four times a week; Joins band The Relatives and tours from Las Vegas to the Catskills; Joins Speedy Garfin and the Garfin Gathering.
1972 she wins the Miss World USA pageant, moves to LA to study acting. All during that time she sings and writes music. 1976 she is cast as Wonder Woman; 1977 Lynda guest stars on The Jackson Show alongside Michael Jackson and family; 1978 Headlines at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and releases a solo album Portrait, on which she composes three songs for the album, including the popular Toto.
1979 Carter sings two songs from her album Portrait on an episode of Wonder Woman, Season Three; 1980 Lynda Carter’s Special is aired with guest stars Leo Sayer and Kenny Rogers, stars in the telefilm The Last Song and sings the title track. The single is released in the UK by Motown Records; Guest stars on an episode of The Muppet Show. She performs two songs: Rubber Band Man and Flash! Bam! Alcazam: Headlines at the London Palladium.
1980 - 2016 Lynda Carter tours, makes carabart performances and enhances her very successful singing career. Also during this period Carter is lured back to the small screen and undertakes and performs in selected roles on television, included joining the cast of the hit TV show Supergirl in recurring role as President of the United States, in Super Troopers 2 as Governor Wessman.
2016 she receives a number of awards: A Lifetime Achievement Award (Gracies) from Alliance of Women in Television; the Raúl Juliá Award from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) which honors outstanding entertainment personalities; AmVets Ladies Auxiliary Humanitarian Award - in the years following 9/11 and her support at the Family Assistance Center, Lynda has remained a major force behind the fundraising and community support to establish the Pentagon Memorial.
In 2017 Lynda and her all-star Band bring their acclaimed show The Other Side Of Trouble to Palm Springs and Baltimore Comic-Cons with special guest, her daughter Jessica Altman – also a singer.
Following the release of Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot, Lynda Carter joined Gadot and spoke at the United Nations in NYC.
Compiled and edited from http://lyndacarter.com/lyndaherstory.html