Monday, April 12, 2010

Memorial - Dixie Carter

I would like to pay tribute to the wonderfully talented and beautiful actress, Dixie Carter.  She brought so much enjoyment into my life, mostly through Designing Women's Julia Sugarbaker.  Since I didn't know her personally, I like to imagine that Dixie had many of the same characterisitics as Julia: sassy, spirited, persuasive, a true friend and loyal sister (whether by blood or shared concerns).

Who will not remember Julia's tirades in defense of Suzanne's beauty queen status or in response to unwanted attention on a cruise, or (most importantly) in regard to the many politically-charged situations where she very skillfully nailed the truth and maintained her composure?

Dixie was also a wonderful singer and dramatic actress and has entertained many, many people during her career.

I'll remember her best as Julia, though.  She helped me to be stronger, prouder, and less afraid to speak my mind.  I'm sure that there are countless women who feel the same.

Thank you, Dixie.  You will be missed.

Annie Joy

5 comments:

susan said...

Annie-I did a post on her too--I think a lot of us will miss her. I read that despite her very liberal views on DW, she was a staunch conservative. She made an agreement with the producers--everytime she had to deliver a particularly liberal speech, they had to let her sing in another episode :) Smart, strong lady!

Annie Joy said...

Hi, Susan -- yes, I read that, too. I guess the thing that I admire about the Julia Sugarbaker character is that she was never afraid to speak her mind. I did know that Lynda Bloodworth Thomason was from Poplar Bluff, Missouri (as was Charlene on the show) -- not far from my own hometown. You probably know that Lynda Bloodworth Thomason was a friend of the Clintons and very liberal; just down the road a few miles, Rush Limbaugh was growing up in Cape Girardeau! Interesting! I enjoyed and appreciated your post. Annie Joy

heartfelt living said...

Thank you for the visit today. I'm so happy you will have a Color Me Mine to go to! I know you have a wonderful time!
What a sweet trubite to a lovely lady. I have always admired Dixie. She was a true Lady.

Happy@Home said...

I used to enjoy watching Designing Women and always liked Dixie's role. I was saddened to hear that she had passed away recently.

Annie Joy said...

I still watch it in reruns. All four of the characters were wonderful; I saw some of myself in each one of them. One of these days, I'm going to do a list of favorite women characters on tv. Of course, it will include Julia (who will be at the top of the list, thanks to what Dixie Carter brought to the role), Suzanne, Charlene, and Mary Jo, as well as Lucy and Ethel and Mary Richards. My current favorite is Choe on "24" -- I just love her!

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