Early life, family, educational background
American actress Elizabeth Fearn ‘Finn’ Carter, was born on 9 March 1960, in Greenville, Mississippi, USA. She is the daughter of Hodding Carter III and his first wife, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Ainsworth Wolfe. Her father is a former US Department Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Her mother went into labor while attending a play at Greenville Little Theatre with her husband. Peggy and Hodding separated when Finn was very young.
She has two sisters, Catherine and Margaret, a brother, W. Hodding Carter IV, a stepsister, Brooke Derian, and two stepbrothers, Dr. Craig Derian and Michael Derian. Margaret not only got her mother’s name but is also an artist like her.
One of my favorite photos of lovely actress, Finn Carter, who played "Rhonda LeBeck."
Peggy, Margaret, and Catherine all reside in Mississippi, where Catherine is an attorney. Finn’s brother lives in Maine, and is a famous adventurer and writer.
Finn began performing in local stage productions from a young age, and then went on to study at the San Francisco Ballet Company. She matriculated from Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts located in Natick, Massachusetts, and after matriculating, she attended the Jose Lemon Dance Company in Washington, D.C., before moving to New York City to join Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Company. She transferred to Tulane University from Skidmore College to focus on studying theatre, and she also joined the community theatre close to the university.
Finn moved back to New York City in 1983 to focus on her acting career.
In New York, she was a member of the Circle Repertory Company. At San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, she co-starred opposite Jon Tenney and Mary Louise Parker as Effie Herrington in the play “Up in Saratoga,” which was directed by Jack O’Brien and written by Terrence McNally.
She appeared in the revival of “Biloxi Blues” at the Pasadena Playhouse, her second appearance in a West Coast theatre. For an evening at the Altadena Junction, she wrote and performed storytelling and poetry.
Finn played Sierra Estaban Reyes Montgomery from 1985 to 1988, in the CBS daytime soap opera, “As the World Turns.”
The soap is set in Oakdale, Illinois, a fictional town, and aired for a total of 54 years, from 2 April 1956 to 17 September 2010 – Finn briefly reprised her role in 1994. The show was created by Irna Phillips as a sister-show to “Guiding Light,” another soap opera created by Irna, and is the third-longest continuous run of any American soap opera, surpassed only by “Guiding Light” and “General Hospital.” The soap opera was produced in Manhattan for 43 years, and from 2000 to 2010 in Brooklyn. In the early stages of the show, the episodes lasted for 15 minutes, then went up to 30 minutes, and on 1 December 1975, was increased to an hour. On 21 August 1967, the show switched to color.
The show attracted an average of ten million viewers every day, and from 1958 to 1978, it was the most-watched daytime drama.
In 1989 Finn played Sister Catherine in the television movie “Dream Breakers,” also known as “In Evil’s Grasp”, then from 1990 to 1991, she had the recurring role of a nurse, Linda Matlock Lanier, in the ABC drama series “China Beach.”
In 1997 she played Weaver, a regular cast member in “Secret Service Guy,” a short-lived sitcom on Fox. She also played Amy in the television movie, “Love in Another Town,” also known as “Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Love in Another Town.”
Finn played Marilyn in the television movie “Missing Pieces,” and the following year she played Mary Lee Orr in the television movie, “Taking Back Our Town.” In 2002 she appeared in another television movie, “The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story” as Missy Phillippi. Finn also guest-starred in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “The Outer Limits.”
In 1989 she starred as Nina Sachie in her film debut, “How I Got Into College”, opposite Anthony Edwards in the romantic comedy, which was produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by Savage Steve Holland. The film also starred Lara Flynn Boyle and Corey Parker, and was also the film debut of Tom Kenny, who eventually became a famous voice actor.
The film follows Lara’s character, Jessica, who is trying to get accepted into a small college in Pennsylvania called Ramsey College, and Corey’s character, Marlon, who also tries to get accepted, but only because he is in love with Jessica.
Finn starred opposite Fred Ward and Kevin Bacon as Rhonda LeBeck in the 1990 film, “Tremors”, the monster-comedy written by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock and Ron Underwood, and produced by S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock and Gale Anne Hurd, directed by Ron Underwood. Reba McEntire and Michael Gross also starred in the film released by Universal Pictures, which follows Fred’s character, Earl Bassett and Kevin’s character, repairman Val McKee skipping town because they are bored of their dull lives in Perfection, Nevada.
On their adventure, however, they stumble upon mysterious deaths. Finn’s character, a seismologist named Rhonda, is concerned about the anomalous readings she has been studying from below the ground. She pairs with Val, Earl and an eccentric survivalist couple, Heather and Burt Gummer (played by Reba and Michael). Together, they fight against human-flesh-hungry monsters that resemble gigantic worms.
For her performance, Finn was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the box office, the film garnered $16 million.
She played the lead role of Sunny Justice in the 1992 film “Sweet Justice,” which is also known as “Killer Instincts”, and in 1996 played the supporting role of Cynthia Speetgens in Rob Reiner’s drama, “Ghosts of Mississippi,” which is also known as “Ghost from the Past.”
Her final appearance in a film was in 2005 as Bonnie in “Halfway Decent”, starring opposite Ernie Hudson in the independent film.
After leaving Hollywood, she turned to painting and drawing. She studied in Prague for a year, and her work became recognized and praised. When she returned to Los Angeles, she showcased her artwork on 22 July 2017 at a gallery, naming the showcase ‘standing on fishes.’ She currently still paints and sells her artwork.
On 14 November 1985, she married actor, director, writer and producer Steven Webber. The pair met on set when Steven was playing Kevin Gibson in “As the World Turns.” However, they divorced on 1 September 1994.
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Happy 60th birthday to actress Finn Carter, whose credits include How I Got Into College and Ghosts of Mississippi. Here she is pictured as graduate student and seismologist Rhonda LeBeck in stills from the cult monster flick Tremors. Pretty good actress here and wish she had done more. Best wishes to her. #finncarter #goodactresses #beautifulwomen
On 24 May 1997, she married lawyer James Woodruff, but they divorced on 27 July 2007. They have two daughters together, Carter, was born in 1997, and Josephine in 2000. When they married, Finn became the stepmother of James’s daughter from a previous relationship.
Finn was arrested on 30 July 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and booked on 14 counts of possessing a credit card without the consent of the cardholder, and one count of possessing a stolen vehicle. She was prosecuted and given ninety days to file a criminal complaint against the felonies she was charged for. A Justice of the Peace released her from custody on condition that she appear for her court date in October.
Finn has brown hair and blue eyes. She is 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall.
Net worth and salary
Her net worth is estimated at $1 million, as of mid-2020.
Family’s personal life
Her father, William Hodding Carter, was born on 7 April 1935 in New Orleans. His mother, Betty Werlein, was born in 1910 and died in 2000, and his father, William Hodding Carter II, was a publisher and journalist born in 1907 and died in 1972.
William grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended Princeton University, New Jersey. In 1957 he graduated summa cum laude, and then married Margaret Ainsworth. Together they had a son, Hodding Carter IV and three daughters, Catherine, Margaret, and Elizabeth – ‘Finn.’
They divorced in 1978, and later that year, William married author and human rights official, Patricia M. Derian; she wrote about civil rights, foreign policy, and the “New South” and was an official in the Jimmy Carter administration.
For two years after graduating from Princeton, William served in the US Marine Corps. He began working as a reporter for the Delta Democrat-Times in 1959, before moving to become an associate publisher and managing editor for the newspaper.
He wrote “The South Strikes Back” in 1959, then in 1961 he won the Sigma Delta Chi National Profession Journalism Society Award for Editorial Writing.
He was politically and editorially active in civil rights movements throughout the 1960s. He co-chaired “Loyal Democrats of Mississippi” in 1968, which replaced the all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Mississippi. However, in his editorials, he later criticized the Delta Ministry.
He worked on Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential campaign in 1964, and Jimmy Carter’s campaign in 1976. When the latter was elected president, he appointed William as State Department spokesman and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. He became more well-known than his successors, and predecessors due to the Iran Hostage Crisis.
In 1980, Ronald W. Reagan was elected, and William left his career in government and moved to television, eventually retiring in 1994, having worked for BBC, CNN, ABC and NBC, among other television channels.