Lynda Carter: After Wonder Woman I became an alcoholic

 

Lynda Carter played one of television’s strongest female character and was the first female superhero, Wonder Woman.  She was the highest paid actress during the 1970’s show and became a beauty queen.  However, after Wonder Woman, Lynda faced a new villain in her own life: alcohol.  Here is a great interview written by Peter Sheridan for Express about Lynda’s life as an alcoholic.

Astonishingly, her features show no sign of the ravages of her past battles with booze and the traumatic break-up of her first marriage, though the emotional scars run deep.

“Alcoholism is an abyss,” she says.

“You are terrified of the addiction.

“You just can’t stop.

“The disease has taken over, it is not a matter of having will-power.

“Addiction feels so shameful but it really is a disease, and if you have got the gene that turns it on, it is devastating.

“It destroys families and lives.

“It is not a choice.”

“Wonder Woman remains popular because it wasn’t about brawn, it was about brains.

“It is less about super powers and more about heart and intellect, and a sense of right and wrong.

“There is a part of Wonder Woman inside me and inside every woman, kind of that secret self that women share.

“We are all caretakers, giving birth, caring for our children and companions and loved ones.”

Wonder Woman ended in 1979 but has remained on TVs worldwide in reruns ever since – yet Lynda receives no royalties.

“None,” she sighs.

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After the end of Wonder Woman, Lynda found her five-year marriage to her business manager Ron Samuels crumbling in 1982.

“I hope he forgives me, and I have forgiven him, because it was painful for both people,” she said at the time.

Her booze problem escalated after marrying second husband, lawyer Robert Altman, in 1984 and moving from Hollywood to Washington DC.

“I wasn’t an alcoholic during Wonder Woman,” she says.

“It’s a gradual process.

“I didn’t even start drinking until my mid-20s.

“I wasn’t dealing with my emotional difficulties in my first marriage.

“I didn’t drink during my pregnancies but I wasn’t really present for my two children, though my kids never saw me out of control.

“But when I had a drink I couldn’t stop.

“Most people have a drink and feel a little high but I’d feel nothing.

“My liver doesn’t process alcohol until I’ve had three drinks.

“Then I’d fall off the cliff or under the table.

“Most people with an addiction problem are terrified and don’t know if they can get out of it.

“It feels so dreadfully final.

“You’ve alienated people…” her voice fades away.

“It’s just devastating.

“I had a genetic predisposition for alcoholism.

“My mother and father didn’t drink but there’s a lot of it on my mother’s side of the family.

“It happened over a period of time.

“It’s not like methamphetamine or heroin, where you get hooked and that’s it.

“I didn’t drink all the time.

“But your body begins to fight whatever toxins are in your liver and over a period of time you begin to crave it.

“Finally my husband asked me: ‘Can’t you just stop this, for the children and for me?’”

His desperate pleas were enough to make Lynda enter rehab, sober up and reclaim her life.

“I try to help others and I’d like to take the stigma out of alcoholism.

“But I don’t struggle with it.

“I know I will never drink again.

“I’ve been sober 18 years.

“Now I’m focused on health, not perfection.

“I row my boat on the river, I swim, ski, walk, lift weights, do yoga and Pilates.

“I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old.”

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Alcohol and drug addiction can touch anyone’s life. Celebrities help raise awareness when they tell their own stories. If you or someone you love is struggling, you can reach out to us for help.  Call Bridgeway Behavorial Health today at 866-758-1152 or http://www.bridgewaybh.com/.

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