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Dixie Carter Biography

Birth Name:
Dixie Virginia Carter
Birth Place:
McLemoresville, Tennessee, United States
Actor, singer, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Dreamed of becoming an opera singer at a young age and spent her teenage years studying classical voice and musical comedy
  • Valedictorian of her high school class
  • Member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Delta Sigma chapter (University of Tennessee)
  • One of her first roles was in a 1963 off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
  • Left showbiz for eight years after marrying Arthur Carter in 1967 and subsequently having two daughters
  • Best known for playing opinionated Southerner Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women from 1986 through '93
  • Produced two workout videos: Dixie Carter's Unworkout (1992) and Dixie Carter's Yoga for You: Unworkout II (1994)
  • Author of 1996's Trying to Get to Heaven: Opinions of a Tennessee Talker