American actress Finn Carter is best recognized for the monsters film Tremors (1990). The film was famous for the scenes where Carter’s character as Rhonda Lebeck would have to take off her panties in order to escape from the monsters.
Tremors received rave reviews from critics and were particularly praised for their use of humor and a diverse cast. In the box office, it was only a moderate success, grossing just $5.6 million extra on its $11 million budget. However, the film’s commercial success was not done as it went on to gross millions more with home video sales. It also recorded great success on the internet and TV. These subsequent successes were enough to gain Tremors a cult following which stood the test of time.
Finn Carter’s Biography
Carter was born as Elizabeth Fearn Carter on the 9th of March 1960 in Greenville, Mississippi. Her father is Hodding Carter III, an American journalist, and politician who previously served in the United States Department as the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs during the Jimmy Carter administration. Finn is part of her father’s four children with his first wife, the former Margaret Ainsworth Wolfe. Her siblings include brother Hodding Carter IV, and sisters Catherine Carter, and Margaret Carter. Unfortunately, Carter’s parents got divorced when she was 18 years old in 1978.
Her parent’s marriage which began in 1957 – the year her dad graduated from Princeton lasted for 21 years. The year her dad divorced her mom, he married Patricia M. Derian who worked as a human rights official during President Carter’s regime.
After graduating from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, Carter attended New York’s Skidmore College for a year from 1979 to 1980 studying theater and English Literature. She later transferred to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Carter began acting professionally in theater becoming a member of New York’s Circle Repertory Company. She was also a member of Old Globe Theatre in San Diego where she created the character Effie Herrington in the production of Up In Saratoga. From theater, Carter dabbled into TV and landed her first small-screen gig in the daytime soap opera As the World Turns which aired on ABC. Carter portrayed Sierra Estaban Reyes Montgomery for three years from 1985 to 1988. She returned in 1994 to reprise the role.
Carter continued to take up TV gigs and in 1989 she made her feature film debut in the romantic comedy How I Got Into College. The film also served as the debut for voice actor Tom Kenny who went on to land his big break as the voice of the lead in the hit animation SpongeBob SquarePants.
Finn Carter would land her own big break in Tremors which was released in January 1990. For her role as Rhonda LeBeck, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Tremors slowly garnered a cult following which exists even to this day. Its success was more in-home videos than at the box office. The film was developed into a franchise and has since churned out at least 5 direct-video sequels, and a TV series.
Carter followed up her big break with a recurring role in ABC’s series China Beach. She played the lead in the 1996 action film Sweet Justice and had a supporting role in Ghosts of Mississippi released the same year.
Where is She Now?
Finn Carter’s career seemed to have begun waning from 1996. One could almost perceive an imminent retirement as she appeared in only guest roles in numerous TV shows from Law & Order to ER, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, CSI, and more. For a while, Carter stuck to television films many of which she played the lead. As of this writing, Carter was last seen in 2005’s independent drama Halfway Decent where she played Bonnie.
Since then, she has completely removed herself from the spotlight and thus, there is no means of telling where the former Tremors star could be. As of the time her last film was released, Carter was 8 years gone in her second marriage to James Woodruff. However, two years later, in 2007, they got divorced. The marriage did produce two daughters namely Carter and Josephine.
Quick Facts About Finn Carter
During her career, she was represented by Frontline Management.
Her parents were out on a date at the Greenville Little Theatre when her mom who was pregnant with her went into labor.
Carter’s birth was announced in the newspaper.
Her only brother Hodding Carter IV is a well-known adventurer.
Carter stands at 5′ 8″ (1.73 m) tall.
She has an estimated net worth of $1 million.