RIP Dixie Carter

dixie-carterHollywood has lost another beloved member with the passing of actress Dixie Carter, best remembered as interior designer, Julia Sugarbaker, on the 80s CBS series, Designing Women. Carter was 70 at the time of her death.

Through much of the 70s, Carter appeared on daytime television, appearing on One Life to Live and The Edge of Night, before moving to the evening programming schedule, appearing on such shows as Out of the Blue, then Diff’rent Strokes in 1984. Two years later, she would land a starring role on Designing Women and appear on the series for the next seven years.

In the 90s, Carter appeared on Family Law, and more recently, she appeared as the unstable Gloria Hodge on the series, Desperate Housewives. Since 1984, she was married to actor Hal Holbrook.

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  1. soulblazer says:


    My memories for Dixie Carter and “Designing Women” are as vivid, for me, as those for Bea Arthur and “The Golden Girls.” Probably because both held hour long slots on the Lifetime Network beside one another. Julia Sugarbaker always stood out in my mind, keeping the girls’ wits about them but still could be funny.

    “Family Law,” though a short lived series, still provided Ms. Carter with plenty of screen time to show off that timeless face and ferocity.

    I send out my condolences to the many touched by the loss of Dixie Carter, most especially her partner in life for almost as long as I have been alive, Hal Holbrook.

  2. Jason says:

    I was still a teenager when Designing Women was running on TV and I didnt really discover it till it was in syndication and running two or three times a day on Liftime. I took to this show so much that one of my co-workers and I started calling each other “Julia” and “Suzanne” Dixie Carter still brings a smile to my face each time I hear her start in on one of Julia’s tirades…..and with the show now on DVD, Im looking forward to falling in love with her and the girls all over again. Thanks for the memories Dixie…… go and make God laugh….,,and to Hal……all my prayers and sympathies…..your Dixie was definitely one of a kind!!

  3. jennifer harris says:

    She was the 1st Maggie Drummond on Diffrent Strokes.

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