no wonder i loved wonder woman


Legend has it that I became the youngest fan of Wonder Woman when at the age of 24 hours my eyes were glued to the tv in the hospital room whenever Diana, Princess of the Amazon appeared.  I must have known she was a kindred biracial spirit.  Only I didn’t know she was biracial until my 31st birthday when I was taken to see Lynda Carter’s cabaret show at Feinstein’s at the Regency in NYC.  It was great!  She talked about her Mexican mom.  She sang.  Really well.  I loved it! Cornel West was there. He loved it too.


Carter was born Linda Jean Córdova Carter in Phoenix, Arizona. Her father, Colby Carter is an Irish American, and her mother, Juana Córdova, is of Mexican ancestry.

wonder woman in mirrors

wonder woman

HOLLYWOOD (By Sandra Marquez) August 23, 2007 — 

Born to a Mexican-American mother and an Anglo father in Miami, Arizona, Linda Jean Córdova Carter grew up to become one of America’s most iconic figures: Wonder Woman. In many ways, the actress who became known as Lynda Carter on the hit 1970s entertainment series was a mirror. To young Latinas in the know—such as Constance Marie of The George López Show — she was a role model. Many others had no idea that Carter was Mexican American. But she became a universal figure for her portrayal of Wonder Woman as an everyday woman with superhuman powers….

Tell me about your family history.

My mother grew up in a place called Globe, Arizona. My grandmother came to Arizona when she was a baby. They emigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico. Probably my best memories of childhood were in Globe. My grandmother would make her big stack of tortillas and we’d make menudo and it was all about eating.

Did you grow up hearing Spanish?

My father did not speak Spanish, so we didn’t grow up with it on a daily basis, but around my mother’s family I pretty much understood everything.

Raquel Welch has spoken about how, growing up, her Bolivian father would not speak Spanish in the home because he was afraid that she would be discriminated against. Did you ever experience that growing up?

No, but my mother I think did. If anything, I experienced a reverse discrimination in that I am not really Hispanic because my last name is Carter, and because I don’t look it. That I am not really Hispanic because I don’t talk about it 24/7 and my skin is not dark enough.

In your lifetime and career, have you seen a change in how Hispanics are regarded and the roles that are available?

People are surprised when they learn that I am half Latina even though all through my career from the very, very first, I spoke of it. And I speak of it proudly.

Constance Marie of The George López Show keeps a poster of you in her dressing room. She says you are her hero.

I know, I signed a poster for her. She was doing Good Morning America and they surprised her by having me call her. It was just wonderful to have had a positive effect on a person who has gone on to do such wonderful things. And she is so sweet. The one thing about Latinas, there is passion in our lives. We love passionately.








the fantastic miss piggy show

Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It’s like a conspiracy.- Jim Henson.

miss piggy show





The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show aired on ABC on September 17, 1982.

In this one-hour special, the glamorous Miss Piggy stars in her own variety show, with special guests John Ritter,George Hamilton, and Andy Kaufman (as “Tony Clifton”).

Under the direction of Kermit the Frogthe Muppets work in the studio control room and, amidst chaos, manage to keep the show on the air. Throughout the show, a romantic triangle develops among Miss Piggy, Ritter (who is smitten with the pig) and Hamilton (who is deeply uncomfortable with the star’s romantic inclinations).

Highlights include:

  • Miss Piggy demonstrates her aerobic “Snackcercise routine”.
  • Hamilton and Miss Piggy appear as King and Queen of The Luau at a Polynesian-style ceremony.
  • Ritter assists consumer advocate Miss Piggy in the segment “Don’t Take It Lying Down Sucker”.
  • Vegas-style entertainer Clifton sings a medley of pop songs and show tunes.
  • Kermit becomes jealous when Miss Piggy performs a love scene with Hamilton as Cary Grant.
  • Miss Piggy sings a solo rendition of “You Light Up My Life” and leads a musical salute to the year.
  • Hamilton sings “Three Times a Lady” to her, and joins her for a medley of standards and love songs.

As the program concludes, Miss Piggy throws a tantrum and walks off the show after arguing with the network vice president about whether her show is a special or the pilot for a series. She laments, “I’m too delicate for show business.”

jim henson

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Jim Henson since I posted that quote earlier.  I know it’s not a Jim Henson quote, but it just made me think of him.  And keep thinking of him.  I really loved him.  His work meant so much to me.  Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggles!  OMG, the love!  I have never stopped watching Sesame Street.  I don’t watch it everyday or anything, but I will watch it every now and then.  I have Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock dvds.  He was a true genius and a gift!  I’ve collected quite a few Jim Henson photos.  I don’t even know where to begin with the posting of them.  But I have to start somewhere.  And I’ll start with

Jim Henson

This one. Because it’s brilliant.

kermit jim frank piggy





I heart Bert & Ernie!

kermit and vincent price

I always liked Vincent Price for unknown reasons.  Maybe Thriller.  Anyway, that coupled with the fact that I recently watched the entire first season of True Blood in two days made me want to include this one.


Fraggle Rock may be my favorite.  I can’t commit, but that’s the conclusion I keep coming to.  The Doozers!  Those crystal-ish things they contructed for the Fraggles to eat! Madame Trash Heap!  The Gorgs!  Sprocket!  Uncle Traveling Matt! Don’t even get me started.

I think it’s too late for that….