By Leonard Rodriguez

This column highlights inspiring stories of Latino leaders. For more than 500 years, Latino men and women have positively influenced the face of United States society. Let us celebrate these outstanding hispanics.

Lynda Carter

Crowned Miss World USA in 1970, Lynda Cordoba Carter was born in Phoenix, Ariz., July 24, 1951, to a Mexican mother and English father. She ventured to Hollywood where her first acting break won her the star role of the TV series “Wonder Woman.” Billed as the strongest woman in the world, her role led her to the front of the entertainment world during the late ‘70s.

Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Carter starred in numerous TV movies and served as a spokeswoman and model for Maybelline Cosmetics. She is the founder of Lynda Carter Productions, a company committed to developing new TV projects with strong female leads.