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'Wonder Woman' Star Opens Up About Battle With Alcohol

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Lynda Carter (Desiree Navarro/Getty Images)

Thursday, 07 January 2021 01:29 PM

The original star of "Wonder Woman," Lynda Carter, is opening up about her struggles with alcohol. The actress who played Diana Prince in the hit '70s series has been sober for over two decades but in an interview with Daily Mail on Thursday revealed how she was in a rut and needed to get clean.

"I've been in recovery for 23 years," the 69-year-old stated. "And I didn't even start drinking till I was in my mid-20s," she continued. "I would stop drinking for two or three years, then start again and it just felt terrible. That was a long time ago and now I'm very happy."

In 2015, Carter spoke candidly about alcoholism with Express.

"Alcoholism is an abyss," she said. "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."

Carter was drinking heavily while she was unhappily married to talent manager Ron Samuels. The pair tied the knot in 1977 and split in 1982. Now Carter has found happiness with businessman Robert A. Altman, who she married in 1984. They share two children.

Speaking about the success of their relationship, Carter said it was because they had such different personalities.

"He's very smart, very charming, and very even-tempered, and while he's a lot of fun and has a great sense of humor, around people he's more self-contained. I have always been … attention-seeking!" she told Daily Mail.

Things are going well for the family now but it was not always so. Carter told Express that she was not an alcoholic while filming "Wonder Woman" and that her drinking only got out of control when she moved to Hollywood with Altman.

"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," she said. "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."

Her turning point came when Altman asked if she could quit the booze for the sake of their family. She entered rehab and has been sober ever since.

"I try to help others and I'd like to take the stigma out of alcoholism. But I don't struggle with it," she said, adding that she knew she would "never drink again."

"Now I'm focused on health, not perfection," she added. "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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The original star of "Wonder Woman," Lynda Carter, is opening up about her struggles with alcohol. The actress who played Diana Prince in the hit '70s series has been sober for over two decades but in an interview with Daily Mail on Thursday revealed how she was in a rut...
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