In honor of Wonder Woman movie weekend (starring Gal Gadot) – we just want to take some time to remind y’all Lynda Carter, our beloved original Wonder Woman, is Latina!
Born in Arizona as Linda Jean Córdova Carter; her mother, Juana Córdova, and grandmother, were both from Chihuahua, Mexico. “As the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, she has expressed support for immigration reform and has even spoken out against Arizona’s SB 1070” [excerpt from Vivala 2016]
Carter even received the honor of “Hispanic Woman of the Year” in 1983. She has also been honored by Mexican media over the years and has always been proud of her Mexican roots.
“Everyone knew I was half Mexican. I was proud of it. I was Hispanic Woman of the Year! There was a big celebration. I did a TV special show honoring my Mexican roots from the classical flamingo to the barrio East LA. I have always talked about it. I am very proud of it. Some of the best parts of my childhood were spent in my grandmother’s kitchen sorting the beans on the table, spreading the masa on the corn husks and cutting up that awful tripe!” – [Lynda Carter Interview with ‘Adelante’ 2009]
In 2018, the former Miss World USA and actress/singer Lynda Carter, became only the 15th Latina (of 2,632 awardees) to receive the prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. If you are in the area and want to visit her star, you can find it located at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard. Afterwards, Carter took to social media to express her love to the fans:
“It seems impossible that I’ve been in the entertainment industry for 50 years. But I love this business—I love the creative process, the work, the performing … all of it. But today, as I am honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I want to say a big THANK YOU to my FANS, who have encouraged and cheered me on all of these years. I want you to know how much I appreciate having you in my corner – I never take you for granted. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. This is a day I will never forget.” – Lynda Carter
As a new generation will now meet the inspiring and fierce character of Wonder Woman, let us never forget that “in a world of ordinary” the original, the American icon…is Latina!