Ruth Gogan is a minor character in Carrie. She is a student at Ewen High School and a bully of Carrie White.


In the novel, Ruth Gogan finds Carrie White using a tampon to blot her lipstick.

She then asked her "What the hell are you doing?", to which Carrie replied with "This is right isn't it?" and then Ruth sarcastically replied her with "Sure, sure it is!". Ruth than later tormented Carrie when she got her first period in the shower.

She attended the Prom, where the massacre happened and she was one of the 11 survivors.

1976 Film

Ruth Gogan appears in the 1976 film. She is portrayed by Sharon Benson.

She is described as a tall, very thin girl with long frizzy brunette hair, somewhat similar to Sue Snell's hairstyle. She is one of the girls who threw tampons at Carrie White in the locker room and ended up in detention by Miss Collins. After Carrie had gotten her period and was sent to Mr. Morton's office she is seen walking with another girl to her class. For a brief second, she is seen walking down some stairs and then back up with her boyfriend while Freddy DeLois is talking to Ernest Peterson. At the Prom, Ruth is with Helen Shyres and during Carrie's rampage, she tried to escape along with Helen. But both fell to the ground in the attempt.

Ruth is last seen running to Helen's dead body but it appears to be too late.


  • This is the only adaptation where Ruth dies.



Ruth Gogan (1976)