Lynda Carter

by ethnic on November 12, 2009

Birth Name: Linda Jean Córdova Carter

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 24, 1951

*English, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (father)
*Mexican/Spanish-Mexican (mother)

Lynda Carter is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and beauty pageant contestant. She was crowned Miss World America 1972. She is famous for her role as Wonder Woman in the 1970s television series.

Lynda is the daughter of Juanita (Cordova) and Colby Carl Carter. Her father had English, German, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) ancestry, and her mother was of Mexican/Spanish-Mexican descent. Lynda is not able to speak Spanish fluently but can understand the language.

Lynda’s paternal grandparents were Elijah Vincent Carter (the son of Marion Vincent Carter and Jennie Throughmann) and Doris Moss Slightam. Marion was the son of Isaac Carter and Sarah Jane Foreman. Doris was born in Derbyshire, England.

She has stated:

I grew up in a house filled with music. My mother, who is of Mexican and Spanish descent, used to sing to my English-Irish father, and between the two of them I was introduced to a diverse array of music…

Sources: Genealogy of Lynda Carter (focusing on her father’s side) –

by mbm and ethnic

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midori29 December 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Her hair texture looks mixed, its very thick. Amerinidan influence, possibly African from Mexico. In Aruba many triracials look like her.

thomas1987 December 21, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Are you a racist?
who assumes that all white people have thin hair
well I’m white and people In my family have extremely thick hair
have you ever heard of lorde or Charliexcx or andie McDowell
all white with thick hair

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

Linda Carter admitted herself, she is part half Mexican. Yes thin, fine, fly away hair is a specific white characteristic, Asians and Africans have thicker and heavier hair, most whites do not. Its a fact.

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:05 am

@Thomas1987, its not racist, its a true observation, most Caucasian whites have thin , fine and fly away hair and have to use volumizers and hair thickeners. Asians and Africans have heavier hair. Its true, you can determine admixture by that fact.

Rip June 9, 2017 at 1:04 am

If you look at photos of Lynda’s mom, it’s very obvious she’s Mestiza. So yeah, Lynda has some amount of Native ancestry as well.

sadie April 2, 2012 at 2:33 am

Well she has a beautiful combination and when my daughter was in high school other students use to call her Wonder Woman cause she looked like Lynda. Those same gorgeous eyes!

Dropit! March 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

As per her looks she has nothing mexican. She looks 100% Caucasian (irish)

Hope Moretti September 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Bích, Mexican is a nationality not a race. That’s why I dislike people like you.

Rip November 16, 2014 at 5:35 am

Mexican isn’t a race, it’s a nationality/cultural affiliation, and Lynda grew up influenced by her Mexican roots in New Mexico (which has a rich Hispanic heritage).

midori29 March 3, 2015 at 10:30 am

@Dropit, except for her thick hair and ability to tan

Alice February 19, 2012 at 6:48 am

You’re right Ethnic. Her father is of English and Irish descent. This is in Lynda’s own words. “I grew up in a house filled with music. My mother, who is of Mexican and Spanish descent, used to sing to my English-Irish father, and between the two of them I was introduced to a diverse array of music, ranging from country to blues to classical. I was encouraged to sing since I spoke my first word, and I’ve sung every day of my life since then. And not just in the shower, either!”

MP February 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

It has been stated since the 1970’s that Colby Carter is Irish!

Alice January 15, 2012 at 4:12 am

Another source that says her father is of Irish descent.

ethnic January 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

Carter is an English name, perhaps she could be part English and irish??

Alice February 19, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hi Ethnic – The name can be of English or Irish origin.
Anyway you can’t always go by names in the British Isles because the populations moved around. The Carters went to Ireland in the Norman times . Here is an entry about an Irish politician called Thomas Carter.
Here on a genealogy site it states that Lynda’s father is of Irish descent.

Alice January 15, 2012 at 3:46 am

In many places it says that her father is of Irish descent. It this an error? There are many sources that list this. This is a recent one.

mark encinias December 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Are jews white bread? History would say not. The hebrew tribes were
conquered, pillaged and raped through out history. If you’re proud of your history you should be proud of the black people in your gene pool.

Jimenéz January 30, 2012 at 12:04 am

What has that got to do with Lynda Carter? Or do you just go to random comment sections and post random drivel?

Randy December 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Lynda Carter being half mexican surprised me, I always thought that Jane Kennedy should have been Wonder Women and they picked Lynda over her because she was black now I find out that she wasn’t even white.

marjanel August 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Mexican is not a race. There are white mexicans

fuzzybear44 August 10, 2014 at 1:21 am

It’s funny most people don’t know that Wonder Woman had a twin sister,named Nubia.Jane Kennedy could have played her,however Hollywood decided to make up another sister named Drusilla.

Randy December 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’m proud to have Johnny Depp as a member of the African American Race I’m not surprise that a member of his family made history as being the first African American to free herself from slavery.

Randy December 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I always knew that Van Deisel had a problem being called black, I guess he didn’t want to be type casted because of it.

Jane November 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Marta P
Actually Argentina all white your history lied to you and plus I am not American but Haitian Canadian. Your first president of Argentina was mixed mulatto and the Tango is a mixture of West Africa and Europe. Argentina is well known that is where majority of the racist Nazi`s landed in your country and Argentina took them in period. Also the black men were put in front to fight in wars for Argentina and so the Europeans got busy with the black women whitening of Argentina. Blacks were all over Argentina and Latin America now there are just part of the gene pool. Read your history through the eyes of Spain it well documate what happened in Argentina and how many slaver were brought to Argentina.

Marta Paglianni September 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

BTW Argentina is all white and in Latin America. In fact is whiter than the USA. NO blacks, Asians, or brown indians. Bet you didnt know that and is in Latin america. But again the USA education is one of the worse in the world LOL

Rip August 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

That’s not even a fact. Argentina has a genetic Native American admixture of 20%. That means for every individual who’s 100% European, you may find another who’s 40% Native. In reality, Argentina has a mixture of Whites, Castizos and Mestizos (including some brown skinned individuals). Casstizos tend to have light skin so sometimes the Native admixture gets overlooked, but you can also see that influence in their appearance.

Jame Taylor September 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

“Southern Europeans (measures taken from Spaniards) show a skin pigmentation in parts of the body not exposed to the sun similar to that of Northern Europeans and, in some cases, even lighter.[26]”

Here you can read who is white and Caucasians. So PLEASE read books and stop been so darn STUPID. OOPS I forgot the USA education level is much lower than Europeans or most Latin american nations. Google that too then you see why you are all so dumb.

Midnight August 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

Hey, I didn’y know tina yothers was Mexican.

is it friday yet April 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

yup shes a proud mexicana same as joanna kearns from growing pains and tina yothers from family ties

Jo April 20, 2011 at 1:31 pm

wow, she does not look Mexican AT ALL. looks 100% Caucasian, like she’s of German or Scottish descent or whatever. It’s weird, Alexis Bledel has very similar coloring to her and she’s part Latina too, apparently.

Wtf April 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

It’s funny,people ask why a certain thing is repeated,it’s because people don’t learn otherwise.Caucasian does NOT mean your white.It’s a phenotype(narrow nose and thiner lips).Billions of non-whites are like this(AA,Black Africans,Native Americans,Bi-cultrual Asians,people of India and yes Latin America).it’s racist stereotyping that has given you guys tunnel vision about what a non-white is said to look like,something people are refusing to give up.For the record,I’m not calling you racist,I’m just saying that’s what been taught

Jame Taylor September 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Actually Latin America does have plenty of white folks.

Ugh. September 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Apparently, you don’t learn otherwise either, or you wouldn’t have cited all of Latin America to be non-white. There are plenty of whites in Latin America. It’s not a race!

Me! June 10, 2011 at 2:29 am

Alexis Bledel is not a Latina.. she is White.. her father is Danish and her mother is half German, half French.. she is 10000000% White but her parents moved to Argentina and Mexico.. and maybe was her mother White Mexican.. I mean of Lynda..!

Jame Taylor September 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

You sound pretty dumb, Latinos can be white, asian, indians or blacks.
Alexis dad was born on Argentina. To danish father and a SPanish mother. Argentinians are all white, mostly Spaniards, Italians, Germans and other Euro blood. Still they are ALL LATINOS!! Wjhite Latinos.

marjanel December 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Interesting because latino is not a race and really a white word.Don’t latino remind you something called latin and Roman Empire.Usar esa not the only colonized by an European country and with immigration.There are countries and regional in Latina América that are whiter than USA and with aplica the immigration ofrece indomestizos from Mexico and Central América,Usa will not be veryet white

Jame Taylor September 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Many Mexicans are pure white since they have full SPanish blood from white europe spain. The Mex that you see in the USA are mostly brown Indians who happen to speak Spanish but they are Native American Indians,

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Randy December 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Wow! a lot of these people are black,I had no ideal!

Maria December 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

Where does it say she is black it says Mexican and English .She is cleary white omg there is white Mexicans shock..Never mind your probally American and too stupid to understand why even bother..Not that all Americans are stupid but a high number on this site are very ignorant so i don`t want to insult some that have some intelligence..

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Anonymous September 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

This job of his father is the same one as the link on wikipedia but his father ethnicity here is describe as of english heritage in wikipedia source it was replace with Irish.

Anonymous September 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm
hey August 10, 2010 at 12:35 am

she looks gorgeous now. imagine when she was younger WOW!!

Nathan Teasdale Mottram February 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

carter is another typical english surname

ethnic December 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm
im kira December 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm

What are her eyes color?Green?:)

VeRoni December 26, 2009 at 10:35 am

I love her look!! she is a beautiful Mexican-Irish great mixture

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THanks anon, interesting bit of trivia there.

anon November 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

She is my distant cousin and our family, although Mexican, has lost the Spanish language besides Spanglish words. Some of our family looks typically Mestizo Mexican while most have green eyes and fair skin, depends on who the family married into. The Irish-Mexican mix is typical of Phoenix and Tucson neighborhoods where the Catholic-oriented ethnicities clicked and reproduced.

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