“Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter said that a “heartbreaking” year in which she lost her husband of 51 years has prompted her to remember the simple pleasures of life, like having her memories framed and forgoing her own dreams to focus on her husband’s.
“Robert Altman was 50 when he died,” Carter told The Associated Press. “I think what it took for me was remembering just being with him. What a giver he was. What a lover he was. What a wonderful husband he was, as well as an incredible filmmaker. I’ve learned that he took all that into his filmmaking. Not just writing great words or making great films, but how it impacted people. He has changed a lot of lives.”
Altman died at age 81 of cancer in a Los Angeles hospice, according to TMZ. Carter shared her husband’s story on the streaming network Buzzfeed last year, writing: “It was like a perfect storm. Had everything gone terribly wrong with one of his films, he would have survived, he would have made another one.”
She would not have made another movie. “It was too emotional,” she told Buzzfeed.
Carter said that the loss hit her hard. She said her grief gave her nightmares, but it also reminded her of the easy joys of life.
“Every day I wake up and am like, ‘I’m still here. I’m still breathing.’ You get this beautiful lap from life, and you want to have this perfect rendition of it, which was my husband Robert Altman,” she said. “I think the pain of losing that man … hurts me three times a day. … He was in my dreams a lot.”
Carter called 2015 a “weird year.” In addition to losing her husband, she lost her daughter in May that year as well, and this December, she lost her beloved pooch.
And in July of last year, she said her idea of fun was to watch a pal pee outside, draw sketches of friends’ nude bodies and “drink as much whiskey as I want.”
Carter, 69, broke into show business in 1975 on a remake of “I Love Lucy.” She went on to earn millions of fans playing the librarian Wonder Woman, a role made famous by the late Lynda Carter. (They were never technically sisters, but they occasionally posed together on red carpets.) Carter’s engagement to actor Peter Gallagher ended in 1979, but she continued to work until 1986, appearing on “The Love Boat” and “Las Vegas.” She even gave a reprise of the role of Wonder Woman in the 2003-04 television series that aired on Cartoon Network.
Nowadays, Carter says she keeps busy with political and philanthropic work, but she insists she wants to keep living like she used to.
“I don’t need any acting jobs now,” she said. “I’ve got my adventure going. I’ve got writing, writing, writing.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.