Wonder Woman Lynda Carter: 'I'm an Alcoholic'

07/04/2008 at 06:40 PM EDT

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter: 'I'm an Alcoholic'
Lynda Carter
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To children of the '70s, she was a glamorous TV icon with her bullet-proof bracelets and Star-Spangled corset.

But now Wonder Woman Lynda Carter has turned the "Lasso of Truth" on herself, admitting publicly that she's an alcoholic.

"I was so good at hiding it too," the 56-year-old mother-of-two tells TV's The Insider. "Brilliant."

But, she says, she could not keep the secret from her family: Her attorney husband Robert Altman and their two children, Jamie, 20, and Jessica, 17.

"My husband asked me ... 'Can't you just stop this for the children and for me?' "

His plea prompted her to seek treatment at a rehab facility near her home in Washington, D.C. "I needed help – I begged God in heaven to help me figure this out," says Carter, now sober for nearly ten years.

What has the recovery process taught her? The best measure of a human being, she says, is "how we treat the people who love us, and the people that we love."

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