She was heavily scrutinized by the media and was even mentioned in Carter's 1980 debate with Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan. She graduated from Woodward Academy, then attended Brown University and the Memphis College of Art.
She illustrated her father's children's book, "The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer," from 1995.
Her pet Siamese cat while living in the White House was named Misty Malarky Ying Yang. In 1996, she married James Wentzel; they had a son named Hugo together.
She became a political activist during the 1980s and 1990s and was arrested with Abbie Hoffman for participating in a 1986 demonstration against CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.