The American actress Finn Carter is best known for the monster film Tremors (1990). The film was famous for the scenes in which Carter’s character as Rhonda Lebeck had to take off her panties to escape the monsters.
Tremors received rave reviews from critics and were especially praised for its humor and varied cast. At the box office, it was only a moderate success, with a budget of 11 million dollars, which only brought in 5.6 million dollars more. However, the commercial success of the film failed to materialize, as it reached further gross millions through the sale of home movies. The film was also very successful on the Internet and television. These later successes were enough to give Tremors a cult status that has endured over time.
Finn Carter’s Biography
Carter was born Elizabeth Fearn Carter on 9 March 1960 in Greenville, Mississippi. Her father is Hodding Carter III, an American journalist, and politician who previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs during Jimmy Carter’s tenure in the U.S. Department. Finn and his first wife, the former Margaret Ainsworth Wolfe, are among her father’s four children. Her siblings include brother Hodding Carter IV and sisters Catherine Carter and Margaret Carter. Unfortunately, Carter’s parents divorced in 1978 when she was 18 years old.
Her parents’ marriage, which began in 1957 – the year her father graduated from Princeton – lasted 21 years. In the same year that her father divorced her mother, he married Patricia M. Derian, who served as President Carter’s human rights commissioner during his regime.
After graduating from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts, Carter attended Skidmore College in New York for a year from 1979 to 1980, where he studied theatre and English literature. She later moved to Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Carter began as a professional theater actress and became a member of the New York Circle Repertory Company. She was also a member of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where she created the character Effie Herrington in the production of Up In Saratoga. From the theater, Carter tried her hand at television and got her first appearance on a small screen in the soap opera As the World Turns, which was broadcast during the day on ABC. From 1985 to 1988 Carter spent three years portraying Sierra Estaban Reyes Montgomery. She returned in 1994 to play the role again.
Carter continued to accept television appearances, 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 dubbing actor Tom Kenny, who then made his big breakthrough as the voice of the leading actress in the hit animation SpongeBob SquarePants.
Finn Carter would make her own big breakthrough in Tremors, which was released in January 1990. For her role as Rhonda Lebeck, she was nominated for the Saturn Prize for Best Supporting Actress. Tremors slowly attained cult status, which continues to this day. Her success was more in-home videos than at the box office. The film was developed into a franchise and has since produced at least 5 direct video episodes and one television series.
Carter followed up her big breakthrough with a recurring role in the ABC series China Beach. She starred in the action movie Sweet Justice in 1996 and had a supporting role in Ghosts of Mississippi, which was released the same year.
Where is She Now?
Finn Carter’s career seemed to have begun to fade from 1996. One could almost sense an impending retirement, as she appeared in guest roles only on numerous television shows from Law & Order to ER, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, CSI and others. For a while, Carter stuck to television movies in which she often played the lead role. Most recently, Carter appeared in the independent drama Halfway Decent in 2005, in which she played Bonnie.
Since then, she has completely withdrawn from the limelight, so there is no indication of where the former star of the Tremors might be. At the time of the release of her last film, Carter was 8 years old in her second marriage to James Woodruff. However, two years later, in 2007, they were divorced. This marriage produced two daughters, 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.