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Dixie Carter, R.I.P.

By admin Published: April 11, 2010

The "Designing Women" star, and wife of Cleveland's Hal Holbrook, has died. One obit is here. I met Carter at least once, and admired both her and her work. Her pinnacle has to be "Designing Women," and especially the "Terminator" speeches which made Dixie the voice of series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason.

Carter delivered those speeches while playing Julia Sugabaker, an elegant and classy woman who nonetheless reached a point where she would unleash eloquent fury on the foolish and mean, particularly if they attacked one of her own. The fire with which Carter delivered them was something to behold.

Of course, she had worked before and after that, but I know of many actors who spend their careers longing for that one great part that will make them remembered. And she had that in "Designing Women."

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