18. She was a Vegas performer even before she’d left high school
Carter’s career goes way beyond just acting, though – she has musical talents as well. Aged just 16, in fact, she and her then band The Relatives spent three months performing at the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Since she was under 21, however, she had to use the kitchen to get to the stage.
17. She’s friends with Hillary Clinton
Carter doesn’t just play powerful women – she hangs out with them as well. She’s been friends with Hillary Clinton for more than 30 years, for instance. And she and her husband Robert Altman gave Clinton a great deal of support during her 2016 election campaign.
16. She made up for spilling champagne on Howard Cosell in a brilliant way
While shooting an episode of Battle of the Network Stars in 1976, she spilled champagne on host Howard Cosell’s head. Unbeknownst to Carter, however, Cosell was wearing a toupee at the time. Subsequently, whenever she saw him eating out, she’d buy him a bottle by way of apology.