Sad news tonight with the announcement of Dixie Carter's death at the age of 70. While Carter had a very distinguished career in both television and the theatre, for many (including myself) she will be best known as Julia Sugarbaker, the smart, sexy and damned opinionated lead character in TV's Designing Women. For a number of seasons, Carter, along with Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart and Meshach Taylor, kept us laughing at the foibles of a group of friends running an interior design firm in Atlanta. (I've blocked from my memories any of the subsequent seasons with Jan Hooks, Julia Duffy and Judith Ivey. Show killers.)
While Carter, as the mouthpiece of creators Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, had any number of memorable moments, none captures the essence of Julia Sugarbaker as much as this:
Rest in piece, Dixie Carter. Your talent and grace will be missed, but your performances will live on. And thank God for that.