Finn Carter was born on March 9, 1960 in the Mississippi Delta. Her mother, Margaret W. Carter, and her father, Hodding Carter III (best known for his position as the spokesperson for the State Department in President Carter’s administration), were attending a play at the Greenville Little Theatre when her mother went into labor. The newspaper announcement of her birth foresaw stage-lights for the second child of Hodding and Peggy. Finn attended Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts for high school and then went on to Skidmore College followed by Tulane University. In 1983, Finn moved to New York City and was soon after offered a three-year contract on the soap opera, As the World Turns. She kept her first love alive, the theatre, by becoming a member of the, now defunct, Circle Repertory Company.
After leaving daytime TV, she guest starred in a number of television shows, before making her big screen debut in a starring role in the 1989 romantic comedy film, How I Got Into College opposite Anthony Edwards. In 1990, Carter played Rhonda LeBeck in the western monster film, Tremors opposite Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward. She received the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in film. She later had the recurring role in the ABC drama series, China Beach as nurse Linda Matlock Lanier. In 1992, she played the leading role in the action film Sweet Justice and, in 1996, had a supporting part in Rob Reiner’s drama, Ghosts of Mississippi. The following years, she guest starred on Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis: Murder, ER, The Outer Limits, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Judging Amy, Strong Medicine and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Carter was also regular cast member in the short-lived Fox sitcom, Secret Service Guy, in 1997. She also had number of leading roles on many made-for-television movies. Her final screen appearance was in the 2005 independent film Halfway Decent, co-starring with Ernie Hudson.
After leaving the trappings of Hollywood behind, Finn channeled her incredible creative energy into drawing and painting. Her work quickly evolved and was recognized by others in the fine art world. She spent a year studying and creating abroad in a studio in Prague. Upon her return to Los Angeles Finn has shown her work in a gallery show titled “standing on fishes”. Finn Carter currently lives in Los Angeles and continues to create and sell her work.