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How Robert Altman & Lynda Carter Became a D.C. Power Couple

By Michael M. Clements | October 10, 2018 | People

Few couples in Washington are as wonderful as Robert Altman and Lynda Carter.


This summer, Georgetown was overtaken with 1980s-period automobiles, cranes, film crews and occasional glimpses of Gal Gadot’s reimagined Wonder Woman. But if you wanted to see the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, you can probably spot her at a local charity gala—she lives in Potomac, Md. Together with her super other half, husband Robert Altman, they make a true power couple.

Altman is heavily involved in the region’s gaming innovation and design sector. He is chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, parent company of publisher Bethesda Softworks, which creates global franchises Doom and Wolfenstein, among others; he is chairman of Entertainment Software Association’s board of directors; and he serves on the advisory board for George Washington University Law School.

Lynda Carter, meanwhile, recently performed with her band at the Kennedy Center before embarking on a brief tour to Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The eponymously named group just released its fourth studio album, Red Rock n’ Blues. Carter was a singer until age 20. She was then crowned Miss Phoenix, Miss Arizona and Miss World USA in a span of a month before landing the role that changed her life forever. She resumed her music career in 2005 when she played Mama Morton in the revival of Chicago, in London’s West End. “My son was going to be a senior in high school, and I was about to be an empty nester,” Carter told The New York Times.

The couple met in 1982, were married in 1984 and built their sprawling Georgian-style mansion a few years later, where we assume they house their invisible jet.