Photo of Dixie Carter Dixie Carter

Best known for her role as the classy and outspoken Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom "Designing Women," Dixie Carter carved out a prolific career on the stage and screen, along with a successful side gig as a cabaret performer. Born May 25, 1939, in McLemoresville, Tenn., Carter graduated from the University of Memphis and in 1963 moved to the Big Apple.

After a promising start onstage, Carter took an eight-year hiatus to raise two daughters and returned to acting at age 35, when she began working in television, appearing on such shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Filthy Rich." It was on the latter that she worked with the team that would create her hit series "Designing Women," which ran from 1986 to 1993.

Carter's later TV credits include "Family Law" and an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Desperate Housewives." She was wed to actor Hal Holbrook from 1984 until her death on April 10, 2010.

Dixie Carter in My Neighbors the Yamadas

My Neighbors the Yamadas

1999 PG

This animated film follows the adventures of the quirky Yamada family, drawn to resemble the watercolor look of the popular "Nono-chan" comic strips. Jim Belushi and Molly Shannon voice the father-and-mother team Takashi and Matsuko.

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  • Dixie Carter in Comfort and Joy Comfort and Joy