I’m extremely honoured to have been given this opportunity to write on His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche’s blog. His Eminence has been a fan of Wonder Woman from a young age. He respects female heroines especially because decades ago, women did not have the freedom to do what they would like and they were constantly looked down upon. The emergence of Wonder Woman turned the entire concept around and opened society up to the possibility that women can be something.
The character of Wonder Woman is strong, wise, fair, loyal and kind. What I like about her is that even though she is beautiful, she doesn’t rely on her looks and body to accomplish her goals. So she is a female icon that a lot of people can look up to even up until today. I hope you enjoy reading about Wonder Woman as she is one of a kind. I would like to thank Pastor Niral Patel and Pastor Jean Ai for editing the article.
Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Princess Diana of Themyseira or Diana Prince) is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. She is a demigoddess and a warrior princess of the Amazons (who are based on Greek mythology).
She was sculpted from clay by her mother Hippolyta and brought to life by the Olympian deities, from whom she also received magnificent powers. Wonder Woman has an arsenal of weapons at her disposal, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets that are bullet-proof and a tiara which serves as a projectile weapon. She never misuses any of her weapons to hurt other people but only uses them to defend herself and to get the truth from the supervillians so she can prevent and solve crimes.
The Wonder Woman character was created during World War II and was initially depicted fighting Axis military forces, alongside an assortment of supervillains.
When appearing as Diana Prince, Wonder Woman was dressed in ordinary clothes when she would perform her famous Wonder Woman spin when transforming into the superheroine. Below is a video of that famous Wonder Woman spin.http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WonderWomanSpinTransformation.flv
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Fictional Character Biography
Diana was a member of the Amazons, a tribe of women native to Paradise Island – an isolated island set in the middle of a vast ocean. Captain Steve Trevor’s plane crashed on the island and he was found alive but unconscious by Diana and a fellow Amazon. Diana had him nursed back to health and then fell in love with him. A competition was held on Paradise Island to determine the most worthy woman among the Amazons. The winner was to be responsible for delivering Captain Steve Trevor back to the man’s world and to fight for justice. Wearing a mask and wig, Diana snuck into the competition although her mother forbade her to take part. She won the competition and was conferred the Golden Belt and the Golden Lasso, sometimes known as the Lasso of Truth. She was also rewarded with a costume which was made by her mother, the Queen and was given the name Wonder Woman.http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WonderWomanBulletsBracelets.flv
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Travelling to the United States for the first time, she came across an army nurse who was desperate to leave for South America but could not do so due to a shortage of money. In order to have a valid identity to look after Captain Steve, Diana made a deal with the nurse. As both of them looked similar, Wonder Woman gave the nurse the money she had for her to travel to South America and in exchange, she took the nurse’s identification to work as a nurse in the army. This woman’s name was Diana Prince.
Abilities and Resources
Diana is depicted as a strong acrobat and fighter who is skilled in armed and unarmed combat. She has portrayed great skill in using her bracelets to stop bullets and she is also extremely good at wielding her golden lasso. Therefore these two have become her signature weapons. She is also enormously strong and while lifting a car may seem unachievable for most people, for Wonder Woman it is a piece of cake.
The belt was conferred upon her when she won the competition on Paradise Island. It is a symbol of Amazon supremacy and as long as Diana wears it, she retains her cunning and strength outside of Paradise Island.
Wonder Woman’s bracelets are made of an indestructible material. Some sources indicate that it is formed from the remnants of the goddess Athena’s legendary shield, the Aegis.
The lasso compels people bound by it to tell the absolute truth and it is virtually indestructible. She wields the lasso with great precision and accuracy and can use it as a whip or noose.http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/WonderWomanLiftsCarAndSavesMan.flv
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The Wonder Woman – Lynda Carter
Lynda Carter (Lynda Jean Cordova Carter), was born on July 24, 1951 in Phoenix, Arizona. Her father is of English and Scottish-Irish ancestry, and her mother is of Mexican, Spanish and French descent. Carter made her public television debut on Lew King’s Talent Show at the age of 5.
During high school, Carter performed in a band called Just Us. Then when she was 16, she joined two of her cousins in another band called The Relatives. The group opened at the Sahara Hotel and Casino lounge in Las Vegas for three months. Because Carter was under 21 at the time, she had to enter through the kitchen! Carter also attended Arizona State University, where she was voted “Most Talented”.
Carter won a local Arizona beauty contest in 1972 and gained national attention in the United States by winning Miss World USA, representing Arizona. Her acting career took off when she landed a role in Wonder Woman as the title character and her secret identity, Diana Prince.
The series lasted for three seasons. As it was winding down, while referring to the feedback she had received for her posters, Carter told US Magazine:
“I never meant to be a sexual object for anyone but my husband. I never thought a picture of my body would be tacked up in men’s bathrooms. I hate men looking at me and thinking what they think. And I know what they think. They write and tell me.”
She also was upset with some of the marketing of her image. Warner Bros. worked out a deal with the toy company, Mego, to create a Wonder Woman doll while the series was still on the air. In 1987 on The Late Show with Joan Rivers, Carter commented:
“I think that you’re probably familiar with a problem in Hollywood, and that is that they market you, and they use you. They did a mask of my face and put it on the doll, and they put my name on for the first run of it. And then they took my name off and said they didn’t have to pay me anymore. So it’s the kind of thing that you can be used so much in this industry. I make nothing. I don’t even make anything from the reruns. Don’t ever settle for net profits. It’s called creative accounting.”
In 1978, she was voted “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World”. During the late 1970s, Carter recorded an album titled ‘Portrait’. Carter is credited as a co-writer on several of the songs. She also sang two of her songs in a Wonder Woman episode in 1979, entitled ‘Amazon Hot Wax’.
Carter has been married twice. Her first husband was her former talent agent, Ron Samuels. The marriage lasted from 1977 to 1982.
In January 1984, Carter married Washington, DC, attorney Robert A. Altman and they have two children, James and Jessica. The family now live in Potomac, Maryland.
Carter has revealed that her mother had suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for over 30 years, resulting in Carter touring the country as an advocate and spokeswoman. Lynda is also a staunch advocate and supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pro-Choice rights for women, and legal equality for LGBT people. She was the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Phoenix Pride and 2011 New York Pride Parades, as well as the 2013 Capital Pride Parade in Washington, DC.
In June 2008, Carter admitted in an interview to People that she had entered a rehabilitation clinic for treatment of alcoholism and had been sober for 10 years. In a statement when asked what the recovery process had taught her, Carter explained that the best measure of a human being is “how we treat the people who love us, and the people that we love”.
Below are just some of the shows she has acted in:
|1974||Nakia||Helen Chase||1 episode|
|1975||Matt Helm||Bobbi Dee||1 episode|
|1976||A Matter of Wife… And Death||Zelda||TV movie|
|Starsky and Hutch||Vicky||1 episode|
|1975 – 79||Wonder Woman||Wonder Woman/ Princess Diana/ Diana Prince||TV movie + 59 episodes|
|1980||The Last song||Brooke Newman||TV movie|
|The Muppet Show||Herself||1 episode. Warner Home Video has released all three seasons of Wonder Woman on DVD in various regions, both separately and in a collected edition.|
Warner Home Video has released all three seasons of Wonder Woman on DVD in various regions, both separately and in a collected edition. There are 59 episodes and one TV movie in total.
|DVD Name||Episode||Release Date||Details|
|The Complete 1st Season||14||June 29, 2004||All 14 episodes (including the pilot) with commentary by Carter and executive producer Douglas S.Cramer, New documentary retrospective.|
|The Complete 2nd Season||22||March 1, 2005||21 episodes plus a feature-length season premiere; Bonus documentary: “Revolutionising a Classic: From Comic Book to Television.”|
|The Complete 3rd Season||24||June 7, 2005||Audio commentary by Lynda Carter on “My Teenage Idol is Missing”; Featurette: “Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Feminist Icon.” The Initial Region 1 release included a bonus DVD containing the first episode of the Captain Marvel television series Shazam!, “The Joy Riders.”|
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