National Museum of Women in the Arts to Honor Lynda Carter 11/7

National Museum of Women in the Arts to Honor Lynda Carter 11/7The National Museum of Women in the Arts will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Lynda Carter Friday, November 7 at NMWA's Annual Fall Benefit. At the event, Lynda will perform a variety of pop and Broadway hits from her current Cabaret show.

Before winning our hearts as Wonder Woman in the television series, Lynda was an accomplished singer performing in Las Vegas and clubs around the country. After the series ended, Lynda had the distinction of starring in five of her own network television specials, several of which were Emmy-nominated. She has performed onstage with many of the world's most popular singers, including Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles and Ben Vereen.

Lynda Carter made her professional singing debut at 14 in Tempe, Arizona. She studied classical dance for seven years at the School Ballet of Phoenix. She also studied piano, and had her dramatic training with Laura Zucker, Stella Adler, Charles Conrad, Milton Katselas, Lieux Dressler, and Greta and Sandra Seacat. In 1973, she won the Miss World-U.S.A. title and shortly thereafter outdistanced hundreds of other actresses for the part of "Wonder Woman."

The iconic Wonder Woman character has been featured in contemporary art works such as Dara Birnbaum's 1978-79 video, Technology, Transformation: Wonder Woman. Birnbaum's work was part of the landmark exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which was on view at NMWA in fall 2008.

The 2008 NMWA Annual Fall Benefit celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Shenson Chamber Music Series. A portion of proceeds from the benefit goes to fund the series, which offers concerts featuring emerging and established composers and musicians from around the world.

Tickets are still available for the benefit and are $350. To make a reservation, contact Abbey Smith at 202-266-2815 or email

The previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were Roberta Peters in 2000 and Judy Collins in 2001.

The Shenson Chamber Music Series kicks off on March 11, 2009, with pianist Jessica Krash and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet, continues on April 1, 2009, with violist Kim Kashkashian and closes on May 20, 2009, with pianist Valentina Lisitsa. For reservations call 202-783-7373 or email

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