Birthday: May 25
Birth Place: McLemoresville, Tennessee
Birth Name: Dixie Virginia Carter
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Dixie Carter is without doubt one of the most versatile artists performing today. In television, Ms. Carter is best known for her roles as Julia Sugarbaker on the long-running comedy hit, Designing Women, and more recently as Randi King, the smart, sharp tongued lawyer with a southern rasp on Family Law.
Besides Designing Women and Family Law, Ms. Carter has starred in four other TV series: On Our Own, Out of the Blue, Filthy Rich, and Diff'rent Strokes. She has also starred in television movies and mini-series including the CBS-TV movie, The Killing of Randy Webster, where she met her husband, actor Hal Holbrook.
In addition to her television credits, Ms. Carter also has an extensive theatre background and began her acting career at the Front Street Theatre in Memphis. Most recently, she starred as Mrs. Arbuthnot in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C., and alongside real-life husband, Hal Holbrook, in A.R. Gurney's acclaimed Love Letters at several venues nationwide.
On Broadway, Carter played to standing ovations as Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's play, Master Class. She has also performed the role of Melba in the revival of Pal Joey and Anne in the musical Sextet. Off-Broadway, she starred in A Coupla' White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin' and at the New York Public Theatre in Taken in Marriage, Fathers and Sons, and Jesse and the Bandit Queen, for which she won a Theatre World Award.
A fixture on the New York cabaret scene since the days of Julius Monk's Upstairs at the Downstairs revues, Ms. Carter also enjoys a successful cabaret and concert career and travels across the country performing her critically and popularly acclaimed cabaret act. In addition, Ms. Carter travels extensively as a public speaker, a member of the President�s Committee for the Arts & Humanities, and National Spokesperson for EnhanceMe Skin Care.
Dixie Carter�s credits span various media in addition to her acting credits. Her CD, Dixie Carter Sings John Wallowitch Live at the Carlyle, was released in 1991; she is the producer of two fitness videos, Dixie Carter's Unworkout (platinum release) and Yoga for You; and, she is also the author of Trying to Get to Heaven, which was published by Simon Schuster in 1996.
Born in McLemoresville, Tennessee, and valedictorian of her high school class, Ms. Carter attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Rhodes College in Memphis, from which she has since received an honorary doctorate. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis.
Carter, her husband, her father and their two dogs reside in Los Angeles with frequent trips back to her hometown of McLemoresville. Her daughters, Ginna and Mary Dixie, are pursuing careers in theater and film.
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