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Birth name: Dixie Virginia Carter.
Born: May 25, 1939 McLemoresville, Tennessee, United States.
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m).
-Hal Holbrook (27 May 1984 - present).
-George Hearn (1977 - 1979) (divorced).
-Arthur Carter (1967 - 1977) (divorced) they have two daughters
Dixie Carter biography (bio):
Dixie Virginia Carter was born in McLemoresville, Tennessee and spent many of her early years in Memphis. She attended college at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). She is a graduate of Memphis State (now University of Memphis) with a degree in English.
At school, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1959, Carter competed in the Miss Tennessee pageant, where she placed first runner-up to Mickie Weyland.
In 1960, Carter made her professional stage debut in a Memphis production of Carousel. She moved to New York City in 1963 and got a part in a production of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale.
After an eight-year hiatus from acting, she returned to the craft in 1974, when she filled in for actress Nancy Pinkerton as Dorian Cramer Lord on One Life to Live, while Pinkerton was on maternity leave. She subsequently was cast in the role of "Assistant D.A. Brandy Henderson" on the soap opera The Edge of Night, on which she appeared from 1974 - 1976. It was with this role that Carter was first noticed, and after exiting The Edge of Night, Carter pursued prime time television roles.
She also appeared in series such as Out of the blue, On Our Own, Diff'rent Strokes, and Filthy Rich (1982). From 1999 to 2002, she portrayed "Randi King" on the legal drama Family Law.
Carter's appearance in Filthy Rich paved the way for Carter's best known role, that of interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker in the 1980s/1990s television program Designing Women, set in Atlanta, Georgia. Filthy Rich had been created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who went on to create Designing Women. (Filthy Rich also featured future Designing Women cast member Delta Burke in its cast.) The show enjoyed a seven-year run and made Carter a household name. Hal Holbrook, her real-life husband, had a recurring role as Julia's beau, Reese.
She also starred in several Broadway musicals and plays, She appeared on and off-Broadway as well, most recently portraying diva Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class, a role created by Zoe Caldwell. (Faye Dunaway sought to purchase the film rights to the play, but no film has been made as of 2007)
Carter is noted for her portrayals of Southern women and is known for her Southern pride, which is evident in her product endorsements, like her appearances in commercials for Southern Bell (later BellSouth).
In 2006 and 2007, Dixie Carter found renewed fame with a new generation of fans as the very disturbed and disturbing Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives, earning an Emmy nomination for her work on the series.
Dixie Carter gave an interview in 2006 for the feature length documentary, That Guy: The Legacy of Dub Taylor on the life of Dub Taylor, which received support from Taylor's family and many of Dub's previous co-workers, including Bill Cosby, Peter Fonda, Don Collier, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett and many others.
Dixie Carter worked with Dub Taylor on an episode of Designing Women. The project is scheduled to have its World Premiere at Taylor's childhood hometown of Augusta, Georgia on April 14, 2007.
Carter is also a registered Republican who describes her political views as libertarian. She was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly along with Pat Boone at the 2000 Republican National Convention. This affiliation often put her at odds with what she was expected to say as Julia Sugarbaker during her years on Designing Women.
Julia was nicknamed "the Terminator" for her cutting tirades; many of the earliest monologues were witty and full of common sense, and Julia also espoused very liberal thoughts, especially as the series progressed, at one point toasting Bill Clinton on air. Carter, who had established a singing career and been featured as the headliner in many concerts, made a deal with the show's producers; for every liberal tirade, she'd get to sing a song in an upcoming episode. Carter once kiddingly described herself as "the only Republican in show business", a humorous reference to the perception of Hollywood as being full of liberals.
In 1967, Carter married businessman Arthur Carter (no relation). They had two daughters, Mary Dixie and Ginna (who would later appear in an episode of Designing Women). Following the birth of her daughters, Carter left acting for eight years to focus on raising her children.
She divorced Arthur Carter in 1977, and married Broadway and TV actor George Hearn the same year. Two years later, in 1979, she divorced Hearn. She married for the third time on May 27, 1984, to Hal Holbrook (14 years her senior), who is most noted for his appearances as Mark Twain.
Carter recently renovated her old family home in McLemoresville. She and Holbrook divide their time between their homes in Beverly Hills and McLemoresville, where Carter's elderly father, Halbert, now resides.
In 1996, Carter published a memoir entitled Trying to Get to Heaven, in which she talked frankly about her life with Hal Holbrook, Designing Women, and her plastic surgery during the show's run.