'Wonder Woman's' Lynda Carter talks alcoholism and why she left Hollywood
Lynda Carter will always be known a "Wonder Woman," but she had good reason for leaving her Hollywood life behind her. During an interview on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" the 62-year-old explains that her family always came before her commitment to acting.
Life changed for Carter when she married her husband Robert Altman in 1984. She decided to live with him in Washington D.C. instead of staying in California.
"I wanted to raise my family in a place where you were really gauged on what you accomplished on an intellectual level, not just how much money you have," she explains.
The couple has two children, both of whom are now out of college. That allows Carter to pursue her true love: singing.
"There are a lot of people who don't know I sing, and I understand that," she says.
During her 20s while she was married to her first husband, Ron Samuels, Carter admits she struggled with some serious problems with alcoholism. She found she was drinking more than others around her, and she needed the help of her second husband to get her through it.
"He helped me, I helped him. He is my knight in shining armor," Carter says of Altman. She has been sober for 16 years.
But though she's moved far away from her time on "Wonder Woman," which went off the air in 1979, she still accepts all that it's done for her.
"Wonder Woman is kind of a force all on her own," Carter says. "There's no way to be prepared for that kind of fame, and very few actors have that kind of chance to have a character be as indelible as Wonder Woman was."