Wonder Woman is 75, and she joins Superman and Batman as one of the only superheroes in continuous publication since their premiere. For WW, that was 1941 when DC Comics asked psychologist and author William Marston to create a female with superpowers who would represent the struggle for equal rights for women. Watch this CBS News video to learn Mr. Marston’s twisted backstory (and his link to Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger) and the real story of Wonder Woman and those bracelets.
Supergirl first appeared in DC Comics/Action Comics in 1959. She arrived on Earth as a teen. Her Krypton name was Kara Zor-El, but her superness was totally hidden by a dark wig she wore as her alter ego, Linda Lee Danvers, high school student. Her powerhouse mentor? Cousin Superman. And yes, she’s a NotMom. Which is probably best, since she’s also a teenager, no matter how she’s dressed.
Looking for a NotMom villain? Don’t forget the Evil Stepmother of fairy tales. Sometimes she’s a Mom (Cinderella), but she’s scarier when she’s not. Disney’s version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ranks #10 on AMI’s list of 50 Best Movie Villians of All Time.
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Alice Nelson – The Brady Bunch (played by Ann B. Davis)
Aunt Bea – The Andy Griffith Show (played by Frances Bavier)
Carrie Bradshaw – Sex & the City (played by Sarah Jessica Parker)
Charlotte Vale-Now, Voyager (played by Bette Davis)
Christine Armstrong – Coach (played by Shelley Fabares)
Christine Cagney – Cagney & Lacey (played by Sharon Gless)
Cristina Yang – Grey’s Anatomy (played by Sandra Oh)
Euphegenia Doubtfire – Mrs. Doubtfire (played by Robin Williams)
Diane Lockhart – The Good Wife (played by Christine Baranski)
Grace Hanadarko – Saving Grace (played by Holly Hunter)
Helen Roper – Three’s Company (played by Audra Linley)
Jane Hathaway – The Beverly Hillbillies (played by Nancy Kulp)
Jessie Mae – The Trip to Bountiful (played on Broadway & Lifetime TV by Vanessa Williams)
Lady Rosamund Painswick – Downton Abbey (played by Samantha Bond)
Kalinda Sharma – The Good Wife (played by Archie Panjabi)
Karen Walker – Will & Grace (played by Megan Mullally)
Mary Richards – The Mary Tyler Moore Show (played by Mary Tyler Moore)
Pigeon Lady – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (played by Brenda Fricker)
Rhoda Morgenstern – The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda (played by Valerie Harper)
Phryne Fisher – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (played by Essie Davis)
Robin Scherbatsky – How I Met Your Mother (played by Cobie Smulders)
Sally Rogers – The Dick Van Dyke Show (played by Rose Marie)
Samantha Jones – Sex & the City (played by Kim Cattrall)
Suzanne Sugarbaker – Designing Women (played by Delta Burke)
Thelma Dickinson & Louise Sawyer – Thelma & Louise (played by Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon)