"A diva forever, her every entrance -- and exit -- is an occasion!"
Welcome to the Dixie Carter Livejournal Fan Site! This is a place for fans of Dixie and her work. You may know Dixie from her work on Designing Women, her singing career, or her stage work. I wanted to start this fan site in honor of a woman who I have had the pleasure to know and admire for quite sometime. She is an amazing person, performer, entertainer and role model. I thought she deserved a place like this for her fans to come and discuss her career, her life and her work.
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Dixie Virginia Carter was born May 25th in McLemoresville, Tennessee. Early on, Dixie 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. Dixie can play the piano, trumpet, and the harmonica. She graduated from Memphis State with an English degree. In 1960, she made her professinal 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. When offered a role in "On Our Own" in L.A., she immediately uprooted her family to move there. Roles on Filthy Rich and Different Strokes followed. It was around this time that she married fellow actor Hal Holbrook who she met while filimg "The Killing of Randy Webster." And then came the critically acclamied "Designing Women," which ran from 1986-1993. When DW ended, Dixie landed a series of guest spots and continuted acting on the both the stage and screen until she was chosen for the role of the outspoken Randi King on "Family Law" (1999-2002).
The following section was taken from dixiecarter.com, the offical Dixie Carter website (also known as The Cabaret). This is an amazing resource for fans of Dixie and her work, so please be sure and take a look.
In February and March 2006, Dixie Carter premiered Kate Clark’s two character play, Southern Comforts, with her husband Hal Holbrook at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. In October 2005, the Holbrooks appeared at Houston’s Alley Theatre in the world premiere of Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig. For ten weeks in the Spring of 2005, Ms. Carter performed to standing room only at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. as Mrs. Erlynne in Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan. She starred there in 1999 in another Wilde play, A Woman of No Importance, and at the Long Wharf Theatre in 2003 as Jacqueline Susanne in Paper Doll by Mark Hampton.
New York Credits:
Eleven seasons at The Café Carlyle.
Broadway-- Marquis Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie; John Golden Theatre: Master Class (Maria Callas); Circle in the Square: Pal Joey (Melba); Bijou Theatre: Sextet.
Off-Broadway-- New York Shakespeare Festival: The Winter's Tale (Perdita); Public Theatre: Taken in Marriage (Dixie Avalon), Fathers and Sons (Calamity Jane), Buried Inside Extra (Liz Conlon), Gogol (Chained Woman), Jesse and the Bandit Queen (Belle Starr); Music Theatre of Lincoln Center: Carousal, The King and I, The Merry Widow; Astor Place Theatre: A Coupla' White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin'; Upstairs at the Downstairs.
Matrix Theatre, LA: Names (Stella Adler), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche DuBois), The Applecart, Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Mame, Babes in Arms, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, The King and I, The New Moon, The Student Prince, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night. In addition to her most well known television role, that of Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, she has starred in seven other television series
Southeastern Theatre Conference; National Corporate Theatre Fund; The Shakespeare Theatre Millennium Recognition Award; Theatre World Award: Jesse and the Bandit Queen; Drama Desk Nomination: Fathers and Sons; Dramalogue: Names.
The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center (The Dixie) opened in November 2005 in Huntingdon, Tennessee.
"A performer who inhabits a song totally while singing it, veering from madcap playfulness one minute to intense, teary-eyed romanticism the next... glamorous... romantic... brilliant... the cabaret world's most elegantly funny cutup."
"Often poetic, and always delightful, Dixie Carter's literary voice comes through in shimmering clarity -- with humor, thoughtfulness, honesty, and compassion." Referring to Dixie's book "Trying to get to Heaven: Opinions of a Tennessee Talker."
"The elaborate case of chivalry should never, ever die, even in this modern, gender-equal world." ~Dixie Carter