‘Wonder Woman’ Star Lynda Carter Shares Secrets of Her Grief

Robert Altman and Linda Carter attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City
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Lynda Carter, best known for portraying Wonder Woman, is opening up about her personal life and the grief that remains after her husband passed away in 2021. She was married to lawyer Robert Altman since 1984 and the couple shared two children. He died from a rare blood cancer and Carter said that she is still having a hard time with his death. To help herself heal, she wrote a song called “Letters From Earth,” as a way to honor him and share the experience of grief with others who can relate.

She said about Altman, “He was the great love of my life. I think of him every day. There’s so much of my day to day where I find myself thinking, ‘Oh Robert will know.’ Or if I’m on a flight, I still expect him to text to ask, “Did you land safely? Was everything alright?'”


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Carter shared about the song, “The soul of the song is about how you miss a person so much, because they’re such a presence in your life that it’s almost impossible to imagine that you won’t physically see them again in this life. You wonder, ‘How can I communicate with you? Where are you? You didn’t just die — there’s too much of you left on this earth, too many people that love you.’ These letters are almost a prayer to your loved one. Hopefully people will relate to it. It’s a celebration of love, as much as it is heartbreaking.”

Lynda Carter (R) and Robert Altman arrive to the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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She admitted that many of her fans were surprised that she could sing but she started a singing career long before she became an actor. Carter revealed that she started singing in clubs when she was just 14 years old and has now been singing for over 50 years. Besides writing the song, another way that Carter is honoring her late husband is by partnering with City of Hope to help fund cancers like the one that Altman had.

Robert A. Altman, Jessica Altman, Lynda Carter and James Altman arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Wonder Woman" at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California

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She concluded, “Of course, the memory of them keeps your love alive. But it’s still a mystery when you look up to the sky and wonder, ‘Where did you go?'”

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