Join Date: May 2005
Looks like Angela Bowie was almost Wonder Woman too.
Believe it or not, Lynda Carter wasn't the first Wonder Woman on television. She was preceded by two other live-action Amazons. The first was Linda Harrison, who played alongside Charlton Heston as Nova in Planet of the Apes in an unaired 1967 screen test. The second live-action Wonder Woman was Cathy Lee Crosby, who starred in a 1974 Wonder Woman TV movie, which Mrs. Bowie was trying out for.
The Wonder Woman museum elaborates:
Bowie's audition was mentioned in the Feb. 11, 1974 issue of Newsweek, in which it was reported that Angela Bowie had been considered for the role of Wonder Woman for an upcoming ABC-TV movie but lost the part for her refusal to wear a bra.
Bowie herself wrote in her autobiography in 1993:
First I showed them the photographs, which totally flabbergasted the director- things were going well so far- but then, before I went to my dressing room to don the stipulated turtleneck, some woman from the studio came up to me.
"I see you're not wearing a bra," she said. "You have to wear one for the screen test. It's mandatory."
I couldn't believe it. I hadn't worn a bra for years. "Well, if that's what you want, okay," I said. "But I think you're going to have a problem finding one small enough."
She didn't like that very much, but she walked off, and I went to the dressing room.
If all that wasn't bizarre enough, one of the show's writers tried to pull the ol' "casting couch" on Bowie. It turned out that she was never seriously considered for the role.