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Lynda Carter as President Olivia Marsdin on ‘Supergirl’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Lynda Carter, who starred as Wonder Woman from 1975 to 1979, makes her return to the DC Comics universe with a guest role on Supergirl.

Carler plays President Oliva Marsdin, who visits National City in the third episode of season two, “Welcome to Earth.” Unfortunately, her visit could not have come at a worse time, as Mon-El has just escaped. The episode will also introduce Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer.

Although Carter remains best known for her role as Wonder Woman, the 65-year-old Phoenix native has been busy since that series ended. Here’s a look at her role and her career.


1. Carter’s Performance Was Influenced by Hillary Clinton, who She’s Known Since 1983

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Although the U.S. has the opportunity to elect its first female president on November 8, there have already been countless fictional female presidents in film and television. Olivia Marsdin is just the latest, but she does have a real-world inspiration. Carter told USA Today that the character was modeled on Hillary Clinton, who she has known since 1983.

Carter explained:

I know who she is because I’ve seen her in all kinds of situations – I spent quite a bit of time with her during the whole impeachment and (saw) how she handled herself with grace. When she’s working, she’s got her first-class brain going, and the difference between her and most other politicians is it’s not just her own voice she likes, she listens. That’s what I tried to convey in what an effective president would be: warm and passionate.

When Marsdin arrives in National City, there is tension over the presence of aliens in the city.

“There are good aliens and bad aliens. Different doesn’t necessarily mean bad, and there are some topical things that are being dealt with,” Carter told USA Today.

Carter said that she hasn’t signed up to play the character in another episode. “I’m thinking, ‘Well, when are you going to advance this thing?’ Because I’m getting busy,” she said.

(Considering that “Welcome to Earth” revealed that the President might just be an alien, we have to assume that she’ll be back.)

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2. ‘Supergirl’ Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Was Surprised Carter Agreed to be on the Show

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Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and President Olivia Marsdin (Lynda Carter). (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)

While Calista Flockhart’s Cat Grant won’t be on Supergirl too often thanks to the production’s move to Vancouver for season two, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg more than made up for her absence by adding several new characters. Carter’s Marsdin is just one of them.

In the show, Marsdin signs an alien amnesty act, since she believes that the aliens are doing more good than harm. The series is trying to tap into the current debate over immigration policy in the U.S.

“She very much believes in this cause, which is going to put her in danger, which is going to necessitate Supergirl protecting her,” Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly.

Kreisberg also said that he was surprised that Carter was open to being on the show. “We can’t believe she said yes.”

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3. Carter & Gal Gadot Represented Wonder Woman When the Fictional Character Was Made a UN Ambassador

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On October 21, Wonder Woman turned 75 years old and to celebrate her influence on young girls around the world, the United Nations named her an honorary ambassador. Since Wonder Woman is a fictional character, Carter and Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in next year’s movie, were both at the UN to represent her.

“In some magical and mystical way, [Wonder Woman] is real,” Carter told People Magazine. “She lives and she breathes because she lives in the stories that women tell me day in and day out. I see it in the women that say that she saved them and inspired them to live through some awful thing that they endured because they saw that they could do something great.”

Carter also says she has confidence in Gadot, who we already saw in the role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. “I think she’s going to do amazing. She’s a great girl,” Carter told People.

Of course, the decision to make a fictional character an ambassador for the UN was not without its critics. An online petition from “concerned United Nations staff members” asked the UN to reconsider the decision. It was signed by 2,507 supporters.

“To these views, I would like to say that the United Nations has many real-life women, and men — fighting for gender equality and the empowerment of women every day,” UN spokeswoman Cristina Gallach told CNN.

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4. You Can Catch Lynda Carter on Tour & Has Released 2 Albums

When Carter isn’t acting, she’s recording and performing as a singer. She’s recorded two albums, At Last (2009) and Crazy Little Things (2011). She also tours, with three shows scheduled for November. On November 11 and 12, she’ll be singing at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood. You can also see her perform at the Apple Rom Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on November 19.

Since Wonder Woman ended in 1979, Carter has also never stopped acting. She’s currently filming the sequel to Super Troopers, in which she’ll play Governor Jessman again.

In 2007, she made another stop in the DC Comics universe, appearing in an episode of Smallville.

“I fill my time pretty well,” Carter told People Magazine.

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5. Carter Has Been a Spokeswoman to Raise Awareness of Irritable Bowell Syndrome & Revealed She Is an Alcoholic

Carter has been an advocate for a variety of causes, including raising awareness of irritable bowel syndrome.

Carter revealed that her mother went undiagnosed for 30 years as she suffered with IBS. In 2004, Carter took part in the Talk IBS campaign with the Society for Women’s Health Research. Carter also told Life Script in 2013 that she has her own digestive issues.

In 2008, Carter revealed to The Insider that she is an alcoholic and went to rehab. At the time, she said she had been sober for 10 years.

Carter is married to Washington D.C. attorney Robert A. Altman. They have two children, James, 28, and Jessica, 26.

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