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Dixie Carter in a 1986 "Designing Women" episode
Dixie Carter in a 1986 "Designing Women" episode

Dixie Virginia Carter (born May 25, 1939) is an American actress noted for her portrayals of Southern women. She is best remembered for her role on the 1980s-90s CBS sitcom Designing Women. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x1200, 157 KB)Dixie Carter in a 1986 Designing Women episode. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x1200, 157 KB)Dixie Carter in a 1986 Designing Women episode. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Southern United States. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Designing Women was a U.S. television sitcom that centered around the working and personal lives of four women in an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Early Life and Personal Life

Carter was born in tiny McLemoresville, Tennessee and spent many of her early years in Memphis. She attended college at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). She is a graduate of Memphis State (now University of Memphis) with a degree in English. At school, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1959 Carter competed in the Miss Tennessee pageant, where she placed first runner-up to Mickie Weyland. McLemoresville is a town located in Carroll County, Tennessee. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The River City, The Bluff City, M-Town Location Location in Shelby County and the state of Tennessee Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Tennessee Shelby County Mayor W. W. Herenton (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 294. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... This article is on the private, non-profit university in Memphis, for the chain of for-profit colleges, go to Rhodes Colleges, Inc. ... The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The University was founded under the auspices of the General Education Bill, enacted by the Tennessee Legislature in 1909. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Delta Delta Delta (ΔΔΔ), also known as Tri Delta, is a national collegiate sorority founded on November 27, 1888. ... The Miss Tennessee competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Tennessee in the Miss America pageant. ...


In 1967 she married businessman Arthur Carter (no relation). With Arthur Carter, she had two daughters, Mary Dixie and Ginna (who would later appear in an episode of Designing Women.) Following the birth of her daughters, she left acting for eight years to focus on raising her children. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Designing Women was a U.S. television sitcom that centered around the working and personal lives of four women in an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


She divorced Arthur Carter in 1977, and married Broadway and TV actor George Hearn the same year. Two years later, in 1979, she divorced Hearn and married again five years later, on May 27, 1984, to the somewhat older actor Hal Holbrook, who is most noted for his appearances as Mark Twain. Carter recently renovated her old family home in McLemoresville. She and Holbrook divide their time between their homes in Beverly Hills and McLemoresville, where Carter's elderly father, Halbert, now resides. It has been suggested that Divorcee be merged into this article or section. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... George Hearn is an American actor, primarily in Broadway musical theatre. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Holbrook as Twain, 1957. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the lead section of this article may need to be expanded. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ...


Career

In 1960, Carter made her professional stage debut in a Memphis production of Carousel (musical). She moved to New York in 1963 and got a part in a production of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Carousel is a 1945 stage musical by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics) that was adapted from Ferenc Molnars play Liliom. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Shakespeare redirects here. ... The Winters Tale is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


After her eight-year hiatus from acting, she returned to the craft in 1974, when she filled in for actress Nancy Pinkerton as Dorian Cramer Lord on One Life to Live, while Pinkerton was on maternity leave. She subsequently was cast in the role of 'Assistant D.A. Brandy Henderson' on the soap opera The Edge of Night, on which she appeared from 1974 - 1976. It was with this role that Carter was first noticed, and after exiting The Edge of Night, Carter pursued prime time television roles. She also appeared in series such as Out of the Blue, On Our Own, Diff'rent Strokes, and Filthy Rich (1982), and on Broadway as diva Maria Callas in Master Class. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Robin Strasser, in a still from One Life to Live. ... One Life to Live is an American soap opera which has been broadcast on the ABC television network since July 15, 1968. ... Parental leave is the right to take time off work, paid or unpaid, to care for your child or make arrangements for your childs welfare. ... The first TIME cover devoted to soap operas: Dated January 12, 1976, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of our Lives are featured with the headline Soap Operas: Sex and suffering in the afternoon. A soap opera is an ongoing, episodic work of fiction, usually broadcast on television... The Edge of Night title card from 1956-67. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Edge of Night title card from 1956-67. ... Out of the Blue is a frequently-used title, and may refer to: This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. ... TKeyah Crystal Keymáh, (born Crystal Walker, October 13, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actress and comedian. ... Diffrent Strokes was an American sitcom that aired from 1978 to 1985 on NBC and from 1985 to 1986 on ABC. // This sitcom starred Gary Coleman as Arnold Jackson and Todd Bridges as his older brother Willis, two African-American children from a poor Harlem background whose deceased mother... In 1982, two new acerbic, beautiful, love-to-hate-em characters invaded the television screen in Filthy Rich, a campy half-hour comedy series from Linda Bloodworth and Larry White Productions designed to parody Dallas and other prime-time soaps of the era. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... A diva is a female opera singer, but now the term also refers to a popular female performer of non-operatic works. ... Maria Callas by Cecil Beaton, London, 1957 Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and perhaps the best-known opera singer of the post-World War II period. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Carter's appearance in Filthy Rich paved the way for Carter's best known role, that of interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker in the 1980s/1990s television program Designing Women, set in Atlanta, Georgia. Filthy Rich had been created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who went on to create Designing Women. (Filthy Rich also featured future Designing Women cast member Delta Burke in its cast.) The show enjoyed a seven-year run and made Carter a household name. Hal Holbrook, her husband, had a recurring role as Julia's beau, Reese. Julia Sugarbaker is a fictional character in the long-running television series, Designing Women. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Designing Women was a U.S. television sitcom that centered around the working and personal lives of four women in an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Nickname: Hotlanta, The Big Peach, The ATL, A-Town Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia Coordinates: Country United States State Georgia Counties Fulton, Dekalb Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area    - City 343. ... Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (born Linda Joyce Bloodworth April 15, 1947, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri) is an American television producer. ... Delta Ramona Leah Burke (born July 30, 1956 in Orlando, Florida) is an American television and film actress. ... Beau is a specialist twelve-string guitar player who first became known in the late 1960s through his recordings for John Peels Dandelion label. ...


From 1999 to 2002, she portrayed brash Southern attorney Randi King on the legal drama series Family Law. She also starred in several Broadway musicals and plays, including portraying the late opera singer and diva Maria Callas in Master Class, for which she very effectively lost her regional accent. (Actress Faye Dunaway subsequently sought the film rights to the play, but no film has been made as of this writing.) 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Family Law was a television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as a divorced lawyer who attempted to start her own law firm after her lawyer husband took all their old clients. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Maria Callas by Cecil Beaton, London, 1957 Maria Callas (Greek: Μαρία Κάλλας) (December 2, 1923 – September 16, 1977) was an American-born Greek soprano and perhaps the best-known opera singer of the post-World War II period. ... Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941, in Bascom, Florida) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


She is known for her Southern pride, which is evident in her product endorsements, like her appearances in commercials for Southern Bell (later BellSouth). This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Carter is also a registered Republican, who was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly along with Pat Boone at the 2000 Republican National Convention. This affiliation often put her at odds with what she was expected to say as Julia Sugarbaker during her years on Designing Women. Julia was nicknamed "the Terminator" for her cutting tirades; many of the earliest monologues were witty and full of common sense, but Julia also espoused very liberal thoughts, especially as the series progressed, at one point toasting Bill Clinton on air. Carter, who had established a singing career and been featured as the headliner in many concerts, made a deal with the show's producers; for every liberal tirade, she'd get to sing a song in an upcoming episode. Carter once jokingly described herself as "the only Republican in show business." [1] This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... William James Bill OReilly, Jr. ... Pat Boone Charles Eugene Patrick Boone (known as Pat Boone) (born June 1, 1934) is a singer whose smooth style made him a popular performer of the 1950s. ... The 2000 Republican National Convention convened at the Wachovia Center (then the First Union Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 31 to August 3, 2000. ... Look up liberal on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Liberal may refer to: Politics: Liberalism American liberalism, a political trend in the USA Political progressivism, a political ideology that is for change, often associated with liberal movements Liberty, the condition of being free from control or restrictions Liberal Party, members of... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


In 1996, Carter published a memoir entitled Trying to Get to Heaven, where she talked frankly about her life with Hal Holbrook, Designing Women, and her plastic surgery during the show's run. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Plastic surgery is a specialty that uses surgical techniques to improve the appearance and function of patients bodies. ...


In 2006 she appeared on ABC's Desperate Housewives as Orson's mother. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... This section does not cite its references or sources. ... Orson Hodge is a fictional character on the ABC television series, Desperate Housewives. ...


Dixie gave an interview in 2006 for the feature length documentary, "That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor,"[2] on the life of Dub Taylor, which has received support from the Taylor Family and many of Dub's previous co-workers, including Bill Cosby, Peter Fonda, Carter, Don Collier, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, as well as many others. Dixie worked with Dub on "Designing Women." The project is scheduled to have its World Premiere at Taylor's childhood hometown of Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2007. The project is from Executive Producers Stokes and James Kicklighter from JamesWorks Entertainment and Professor Pauper Productions.


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Dixie Carter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (725 words)
Dixie Virginia Carter (born May 25, 1939) is an American actress noted for her portrayal of Southern women.
Carter was born in tiny McLemoresville, Tennessee and spent many of her early years in Memphis.
Carter is also a registered Republican, who was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly along with Pat Boone at the 2000 Republican National Convention.
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