Lynda Carter — best known for playing the original Wonder Woman — will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 41st annual Gracie Awards, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced Monday.
Carter said in a release that she is “deeply honored” to have been chosen for the award, as the Gracie Awards honor achievement and projects created by, for, and about women.
“The fact that it is being given by my peers in the industry makes it particularly special and meaningful,” said Carter. “In the course of my career, I’ve watched so many talented women fight for their rightful place in this wonderful industry, and today it is highly gratifying to see the widespread success so many have achieved.”
She added: “I am grateful to the fabulous women who came before me and built the foundation for my career, and I salute those who will be leading us in the future. I look forward to celebrating all women in media at the Gracie Awards as I accept this award.”
In addition to starting on Wonder Woman, which ran on ABC and then later CBS from 1975 to 1979, Carter has appeared on The Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville, Two and a Half Men, and Law & Order. She’s also been a singer, performed on Broadway, and participated in beauty pageants. Out of the spotlight, Carter has been a champion for favorite charities and causes, including for Race for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House, U.S.O., GLAAD, God’s Love We Deliver, and Father Martin’s Ashley Recovery Center.
Kristen Welch, the alliance’s chair and the senior vice president of global content operations at Discovery Communications, said Carter is the “definition of a trailblazer, as she has paved the way for women in media.”
Welch continued: “Her success on screen, on the music charts and on stage showcase her talent and drive to break down barriers,” she said. “We’re proud to honor Lynda with the Gracies lifetime achievement award.”
The Gracie Awards take place on Tuesday, May 24 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.