Lynda Carter revealed that she’s still overwhelmed by grief following her husband Robert A. Altman’s sudden death in February 2021.
The 70-year-old Wonder Woman star admitted Monday on The Tamron Hall Show that she cries ‘three times a day’ for her late love, who died from complications of a medical procedure at age 73.
But the veteran actress also said she found solace in watching David Bowie’s widow Iman come to terms with her grief after the music legend died in early 2016.
Still grieving: Lynda Carter, 70, admitted to Tamron Hall on Monday that she cries ‘three times a day’ when she thinks of her late husband Robert A. Altman, who died suddenly in February
While speaking virtually with Tamron, Carter compared her experience with grief to the millions of people dealing with the loss of loved ones across the globe due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The actress said that said one of the reason she thought it was necessary to ‘take the opportunity to talk about grief’ ‘ and the ‘amazing human being’ that Altman was is because so many others have now ‘experienced what me and my family have experienced this past year.’
The TV star thought that coping with her own sudden loss might help people who had to say goodbye to their loved ones with little notice due to Covid-19.
‘I feel that I need to pick myself up and dust myself off, and put one foot in front of the other and be as courageous as I can be, even when I don’t feel like it, to get past grief,’ she continued.
‘And I cry probably three times a day,’ she added. ‘In the morning and at various times when I think of him. And as I say, Iman gives me hope, that all these memories will be ones that don’t cause me to cry
Gone too soon: Altman died due to complications of a surgical procedure at the age of 73
Healing for others: Carter said that talking publicly about her grief could also help all the people who unexpectedly lost loved ones to the coronavirus pandemic
Carter said that seeing Iman, 66, come to terms with her late husband David Bowie’s death at 69 has been an inspiration to her.
Bowie died at home on January 10, 2016, after having lived with liver cancer for the past 18 months.
His death came two days after the release of his final studio album Blackstar — which was released on his birthday — to the shock of his many fans.
Carter seemed to be hard at work focusing on the best aspects of her late husband.
‘I’d often said of my husband while he was alive, that if you were a friend of Robert Altman’s you were one of the luckiest people in the world,’ she told Hall. ‘He was just one of those kinds of guys and he got to be my husband. And so it was shocking when we lost him. It was unexpected.’
‘I’m surprised I’m not in tears,’ she continued. ‘Because every time I talk about him, it brings up tears but after hearing Iman, somehow hearing her gave me a little bit of courage… that she has moved to the place that I am not there yet, but that gives me hope for finding out who I am without him because there is no witness to my life without him.’
Leading the way: She was inspired by David Bowie’s widow Iman, 66, and how she recovered from her own grief after Bowie’s death from cancer in January 2016; seen together in 2006
In October, Carter told People that living without her husband was ‘totally frightening.’
‘I don’t know who I am without Robert,’ she added.
Elsewhere in the interview, she admitted her surprise at falling in love with Altman in 1982 amidst her divorce from her first husband Ron Samuels, whom she married in 1977.
”I was not prepared to meet anyone new. I was going to do it on my own,’ she said.
The lovebirds married in 1984 and went on to welcome two children : Jessica, 31, and James, 33.
Taking her time: Hearing [Iman] gave me a little bit of courage… that she has moved to the place that I am not there yet, but that gives me hope for finding out who I am without him because there is no witness to my life without him’; seen in 2018
Heartbreaking: After Altman’s death, Carter called him the ‘most honorable person’ she had ever known in a loving message directed to him
‘Robert is the love of my life and he always will be,’ Carter initially wrote on social media after her husband’s death. ‘Our 37 years of marriage were an extraordinary gift. We shared the passion I hope everyone is lucky enough to experience in their lifetime. We protected each other and were each other’s champions always.’
She went on to call Altman the ‘most honorable person’ she had ever had ‘the privilege to know’ in a message address to him.
‘And I got to be your wife and the mother of your children. Thank you for giving me all the love in my life,’ she wrote.
- Wonder Woman’s Lynda Carter on Losing Her Husband of 37 Years | PEOPLE.com