Dixie Carter, 70; starred in TV show 'Designing Women' - The Boston Globe
Actress Dixie Carter passed away on April 10, , at the age of She is survived by her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters. Dixie Carter, an actress who gave strong, opinionated Southern women a Her death was announced by her husband, the actor Hal Holbrook, who Credit Chris Pizzello/Associated Press In she married Mr. Holbrook, whom she had met doing a television film, “The Killing of Randy Webster. LOS ANGELES — “Designing Women'' star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and Associated Press / April 12, actor Hal Holbrook, who said the cause was complications of endometrial cancer, according to The New York Times. The two had met four years earlier while making the TV movie “The Killing of.
Carter spent many of her early years in Memphis.
She attended the University of Memphis and Rhodes College. In college, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. InCarter competed in the Miss Tennessee pageant, where she placed first runner-up to Mickie Weyland. Carter won the Miss Volunteer beauty pageant at the University of Tennessee in the same year.
Career[ edit ] InCarter made her professional stage debut in a Memphis production of Carouselco-starring George Hearnwho she would go on to marry 17 years later.
Inshe began an eight-year hiatus from acting, to focus on raising her two daughters; she returned to the craft inwhen she filled in for actress Nancy Pinkerton as Dorian Cramer on One Life to Live while Pinkerton was on maternity leave.
She subsequently was cast in the role of Assistant D. Carter took the role though some advised her that doing a daytime soap might negatively affect her career. However, she was first noticed in this role, and after leaving Edge of Night inshe relocated from New York to Los Angeles and pursued prime-time television roles.
Carter's appearance in Filthy Rich paved the way for her most notable role, that of sharp-tongued liberal interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker in the —93 television program Designing Women, set in Atlanta.
In the beginning, without knowing the content of the show, Bloodworth-Thomason's only idea was to create a show starring Carter, and fellow cast mates Delta BurkeAnnie Pottsand Jean Smart.
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She played the role from January to June. She was also in the voice cast of My Neighbors the Yamadas, the English-language dub of Studio Ghibli's anime movie of the same.
Of the four, only Jean Smart was not a native Southerner; she was born and raised in Seattle.
Anthony Bouvier was originally supposed to make a one-time appearance in the sixth episode of season one. The producers were so impressed with the chemistry between Taylor and the four female stars that Anthony became a recurring character, and then a series regular.
Taylor was the first cast member to be nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the show.Hal Holbrook speech & Dixie Carter skit
Obviously, the strategy paid off; the show was not only renewed, it was also moved back to Monday nights. Dixie Carter was 47 years old when Designing Women debuted in The title of the Emmy-nominated season two episode was inspired by an actual quote series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason overheard in a hospital corridor.
In late her mother was dying of AIDS following a contaminated blood transfusion, and Thomason kept a vigil at her bedside while simultaneously writing the early scripts for Designing Women.
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She was indignant at the ignorance of many of the medical personnel some nurses refused to touch the AIDS patients and instead placed their medication in a bucket and kicked it into their rooms and it saddened her that so many of the patients were dying alone in their rooms with even family members afraid to get too close.
Julia Sugarbaker was a staunch liberal who never hesitated to launch into one of her trademark Terminator Tirades if someone got her dander up.
She reached a compromise with Harry and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason: