Dixie Carter

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Dixie Carter
Birth name Dixie Virginia Carter
Born May 25, 1939 in McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
Died April 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas, USA from endometrial cancer
Notable Roles Maggie McKinney in Diff'rent Strokes
Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women
Notable Episodes
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Dixie Carter was an American actress, best known for playing Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women.




Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Edge of Night Brandy Henderson 1974–1976
On Our Own April Baxter 1977–1978 1
Out of the Blue Marion Richards 1979 1
Filthy Rich Carlotta Beck 1982–1983 1
Diff'rent Strokes Maggie McKinney 1984–1985 6 7
Designing Women Julia Sugarbaker 1986-1993 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Family Law Randi King 1999–2002 1 2 3

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Quincy, M.E. Dr. Alicia Rainer 7x19 - The Face of Fear March 24, 1982
Lou Grant Jessica Lindner 5x21 - Suspect May 17, 1982
Diagnosis Murder D.A. Patricia Purcell 3x04 - Murder in the Courthouse December 29, 1995
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Denise Brockmorton 5x16 - Home February 17, 2004
Hope & Faith Joyce Shanowski 2x22 - A Room of One's Own March 25, 2005
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x08 - Children and Art November 12, 2006
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x09 - Beautiful Girls November 19, 2006
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x10 - The Miracle Song November 26, 2006
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x11 - No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds January 7, 2007
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x13 - Come Play Wiz Me January 21, 2007
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x14 - I Remember That February 11, 2007
Desperate Housewives Gloria Hodge 3x15 - The Little Things You Do Together February 18, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Killing of Randy Webster Billie Webster March 11, 1981 CBS Wednesday Night at the Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The New Hollywood Squares March 2-6, 1987

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2007)
Desperate Housewives


  • Had two daughters, Mary Dixie Carter and Ginna Carter with her first husband, Arthur Carter
  • Was married to George Hearn from 1977 to 1979
  • Married to Hal Holbrook from 1984 until her death
  • Attended the University of Memphis and Rhodes College
  • Was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority while in college
  • Placed first runner-up in the Miss Tennessee pageant in 1959
  • Was a registered Republican
  • Was the valedictorian of her high school class