Like most adolescents of the 1970s, “Wonder Woman” was must-see TV and, with all due respect to Gal Gadot, no actress could better embody the charm, power and pulchritude of the Amazing Amazon than Lynda Carter. Even today, she still sparkles with the same ageless appeal she had decades ago.
Perhaps that’s why Australian sleepwear designer Peter Alexander enlisted her to front his latest campaign and I was gobsmacked to spend an afternoon with them to discuss their affiliation as well as Lynda’s long career and enduring star-power. As a teenager with posters of her adorning my bedroom walls and her album on the record-player, it was a thrill for me. (Peter and I must have had similar childhoods because a couple of years ago he introduced me to another ageless bombshell, supermodel Christie Brinkley. He’s a super sweet guy…even outfitted me with some comedic comfy costumes for my concert at the Sydney Opera House!)
I’ve always been a “fanboi,” so I never cease to get star struck. Come on, my big sisters had me singing the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music” before I could talk…and now I’ve gotten to interview Julie Andrews 8 (!) times, Pinch me! I was the little farmboy who used to write to movie stars requesting autographed pictures (I amassed quite a collection over the years…) I’m fortunate to have a job that allows me to meet so many great stars, but even when it’s not work-related, I enjoy being around personalities whose work I admire. You don’t need to have a job in show business to do this; more than ever, stars are accessible to see in person whether it’s through speaking engagements, charitable functions, concert & theatrical performances and even autograph shows. While I may not fully have appreciated the historical significance at the time, I’m forever grateful that as a kid I got to see icons onstage like Yul Brynner in “The King & I,” Anthony Quinn in “Zorba,” Geraldine Page in “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” Harvey Fierstein in “Torch Song Trilogy,” Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin in “Evita,” Mickey Rooney & Ann Miller in “Sugar Babies.” I’m still doing it: last week I got to enjoy Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard” and I already have my tickets for Bette Midler in “Hello Dolly!”
If you don’t have access to events like these, you do have the internet! Almost everyone has a social media presence or official website. If there is someone who inspires you, don’t be afraid to compose and send them some fan mail. You might just make their day! Wouldn’t YOU love to receive a note of commendation for something you’ve accomplished? Now that I think of it, the morning after I saw “Sunset Boulevard,” I did take pen in hand and write a congratulatory card to Glenn Close.
And you could do that right from the comfort of your own living room…maybe wearing a pair of Peter Alexander’s Lynda Carter inspired pyjamas!