Dixie Carter, a True Southern Belle
April 11, 2010
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Many people, especially us gay men, came to know and love Dixie Carter for her portrayal of interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker in the television program Designing Women. Her character on that show was one of class, sass, and reverence. And as much as she fought on screen with her sister, Delta Burke’s Suzanne Sugarbaker, her love for her sister was deep, as can be seen in this 1989 clip.
Her southern charm and rich decadence not only carried over in Designing Woman, but also in other productions. She received an Emmy nod for her outstanding performance on Desperate Housewives. One of my favorite, yet short-lived shows from way back when was called Filthy Rich, a 1982 spoof of the hit show Dallas. The theme show alone was enough to love the show.
What is odd though about the death of Dixie Carter is that the family is not releasing the cause of death. I suppose that well within their rights. I do respect their privacy. But I can’t help but recall watching Special Report with Bret Baier this past Friday and there being a public service announcement featuring Dixie Carter on behalf of The National Spasmodic Torticollis Association that was first aired back in 2003.
One thing is for sure: Dixie Carter will be missed!