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Lynda Carter is determined to keep the legacy of her late husband Robert A. Altman alive.
The “Wonder Woman” star attended the TGen awards, an affiliate of City of Hope, where she was given the John S. McCain Leadership Award for her advocacy of research and clinical advances.
The 70-year-old took to Instagram on Monday and shared her spouse of 37 years passed away from a rare type of cancer that impacts the body’s normal production of blood cells.
“I am so grateful to receive @tgenresearch’s John S. McCain Leadership Award,” the actress captioned the post. “For over 20 years, TGen has conducted groundbreaking genetics research to discover better, more precise treatments for diseases like cancer and neurological disorders.”
Lynda Carter with Robert A. Altman in 2015. (Molly Riley/AFP via Getty Images)
“I lost my vibrant husband Robert to myelofibrosis last year, and I support TGen with the hope that the deadly form of myelofibrosis will one day be curable or survivable,” Carter shared. “Thank you, Dr. Trent and Dr. Caligiuri for dedicating your lives to such a noble pursuit. You are superstars, and I am so proud to be a part of the TGen community!”
The gaming CEO passed away in 2021 at age 73.
In November, Carter sat down with Tamron Hall and described how she cried three times a day following the loss of her beloved husband.
“I feel that I need to pick myself off 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,” said Carter.
Lawyer Robert Altman with his then-girlfriend, actress Lynda Carter. (The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
The star said that memories of Altman kept her going.
“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 said. “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,” Carter continued. “Because every time I talk about him, it brings up tears but after hearing [supermodel and David Bowie’s widow] 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.”
At the time of Altman’s death, Carter spoke out on social media about their decades-long marriage.
Actress Lynda Carter with daughter Jessica Altman, son James Altman and husband Robert A. Altman at the premiere of “Wonder Woman” on May 25, 2017, in Hollywood, California. (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
“Robert is the love of my life and he always will be,” the actress shared. “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.”
“We have always been grateful for the two beautiful lives we created together: our children, Jessica and James,” Carter continued. “They are the lights of my life, and were the greatest joy of Robert’s. I see so much of Robert in them, and I know he lives on through them.
“To all the fans who have shared their condolences: Jessica, James and I want to say thank you. We especially love hearing about the times you met Robert at concerts or through his work in the gaming world. He loved meeting you and hearing your stories.”
Carter also wrote a heartbreaking message for Altman.
“To Robert: You are the most honorable person that I have ever had the privilege to know,” she said. “And I got to be your wife and the mother of your children. Thank you for giving me all the love in my life.”