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Overview (4)

Born in McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
Died in Houston, Texas, USA  (complications from endometrial cancer)
Birth NameDixie Virginia Carter
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Dixie is the middle of three children. Her father owned several small retail stores. Early on, she dreamed of being an opera singer, but a botched tonsillectomy at age 7 spoiled any chances for that dream. Still, she sang regularly and studied classical music. She can play the piano, trumpet, and the harmonica. She graduated from Memphis State with an English degree. In 1960, she made her professional debut in a local production of "Carousel". Three year's later, she moved to New York and landed a role in Joseph Papp's production of Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale". When she married businessman, Arthur Carter, she left the stage for eight years to raise two daughters, Ginna Carter - now an actress and Mary Dixie Carter, a screenwriter. At age 35, she returned to acting, but found that no agent wanted to give her a chance. A second marriage to Broadway actor, George Hearn, quickly ended.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

A talented actress in both stage and screen and television and also a singer of opera and dancer, Dixie Carter is best known for her portrayal as the soft spoken Southerner Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women (1986). She's been known for performing in a number of Broadway plays and with her marriage to actor Hal Holbrook, nothing seems to slow Dixie down. Recently, she's been in the television series Family Law (1999) and, for two years in 1982 and 1983, before Designing Women (1986), she played Carlotta Beck in Filthy Rich (1982) up until it was canceled.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Blythe379@cs.com

Spouse (3)

Hal Holbrook (27 May 1984 - 10 April 2010) ( her death)
George Hearn (1977 - 1979) ( divorced)
Arthur Lloyd Carter (2 December 1967 - 1977) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (26)

Attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College).
Carter is her birth name, and her first husband was no relation.
Dixie Carter's daughters, Mary Dixie Carter and Ginna Carter, played her nieces in the Designing Women (1986) episode, Designing Women: The Naked Truth (1989).
She has admitted to having plastic surgery at least twice.
Stepmother of David Holbrook.
Her father, Halbert Leroy Carter, died on February 24, 2007 of natural causes in McLemoresville, Tennessee at age 96.
Member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Delta Sigma chapter.
The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center opened in December 2005 in Huntingdon, Tennessee.
Travels extensively as a public speaker and appears in concert across the country.
Received the Tennessee Governor's Award for excellence in the arts and the Evangeline Booth Award in April 2007 for her work as national spokesperson for the Salvation Army.
Was valedictorian of her high school class.
The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center, also known as "The Dixie", was named in honor of Carroll County's most famous resident. Dixie performed her cabaret show to raise funds for the center, which also features a museum honoring the cultural contributions of both Dixie Carter and her husband, Hal Holbrook. Mr. Holbrook served as a consultant to the architect and gave so much attention to the design and development of the theatre in the Dixie, that the local arts council bestowed the name, "The Hal Holbrook Theatre" on the new venue in honor of his assistance. As a result of the couple's contributions and hard work, residents from the area are being exposed to everything from "The Velveteen Rabbit" to a Samurai style rendition of "Macbeth".
Attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before transferring to Rhodes College in Memphis TN.
Appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Appeared as "Mrs. Arbuthnot" in Oscar Wilde's "A Woman of No Importance" at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. (1988).
Her publicist is Steve Rohr.
Sister of Melba Helen Heath.
Television public service announcements for the Salvation Army. These follow print and radio public service announcements which appeared in 2005. [January 2006]
Playing Amanda Cross in the play "Southern Comforts" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami Florida. [February 2006]
Release of her memoir, "Trying to Get to Heaven". [1996]
Dixie's time on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) was so bad, she refused to talk about it in interviews. If it was mentioned she wouldn't say anything. It isn't known if she maintained contact with any of her co-stars. However, in her 1996 memoir "Trying to Get to Heaven", she wrote that actor Conrad Bain who played her husband on the show, made her laugh with a put-on Irish accent. Specifically, she wrote: "He kept me laughing with such nonsense through the time I served on Diff'rent Strokes (1978)".
Even though, Dixie was proud of her Southern roots and became famous for playing a Southerner on Designing Women (1986), when it came to picking husbands, only one of her three husbands was a Southerner, actor George Hearn, and that turned out to be her shortest marriage.
She said she was smitten with her third and last husband Hal Holbrook when she met him on The Killing of Randy Webster (1981), because he was the first person who didn't make fun of her name Dixie.
After their divorce, her first husband Arthur Carter married Dr. Linda Carter. Linda's daughter from a prior marriage is actress Ali Marsh, which makes her a stepsister to Dixie's daughters. Ali's husband is actor Frederick Weller, whose cousin is actor Peter Weller.
She originated the role of Maggie as Conrad Bain's wife on Diff'rent Strokes (1978) but was replaced by Mary Ann Mobley when the show changed networks. A few years later, she acted with Mobley on an episode of "Designing Women" titled Designing Women: A Blast from the Past (1990).
Born on exactly the same date as Sir Ian McKellen.

Personal Quotes (5)

Certainly if we hope to enhance and extend whatever natural assets we were given, we must expect to make an effort, if not actually great labor.
It takes a mighty good man to be better than no man at all.
What a great relief not to try so hard to be pleasing in one's life. At one time it used to matter to me if I were attractive to people. I tried to be pretty and tried all those products on the commercials, and all the magazine beauty hints.
Designing Women had seven years and that's history -- I call that history, and I miss my companions on that show all the time. I don't watch the reruns because it makes me sad.
Before Designing Women: I was doing my cabaret act and I remember one day getting a call from Linda, asking me if she could use my name in a show. The next day she called back saying the show would go ahead.

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