May. 25th, 1939
McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
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Dixie is the middle of three children. Her father owned several small retail stores. Early on, she dreamed of being an opera singer, but a botched tonsillectomy at age 7 spoiled any chances for that dream. Still, she sang regularly and studied classical music. She can play the piano, trumpet, and the harmonica. She graduated from Memphis State with an English degree. In 1960, she made her professional debut in a local production of "Carousel". Three year's later, she moved to New York and landed a role in Joseph Papp's production of Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale". When she married businessman, Arthur Carter, she left the stage for eight years to raise two daughters, Ginna Carter - now an actress and Mary Dixie Carter, a screenwriter. At age 35, she returned to acting, but found that no agent wanted to give her a chance. When offered a role in "On Our Own" in L.A., she immediately uprooted her family to move there. A second marriage to Broadway actor, George Hearn, quickly ended.
- Attended Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College).
- Travels extensively as a public speaker and appears in concert across the country.
- Carter is her birth name, and her first husband was no relation.
- Appeared as Mrs. Arbuthnot in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. (1988).
- Received the Tennessee Governor's Award for excellence in the arts and the Evangeline Booth Award in April 2007 for her work as national spokesperson for the Salvation Army.
- Her father, Halbert Leroy Carter, died on February 24, 2007 of natural causes in McLemoresville, Tennessee at age 96.
- The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center, also known as "The Dixie", was named in honor of Carroll County's most famous resident. Dixie performed her cabaret show to raise funds for the center, which also features a museum honoring the cultural contributions of both Dixie Carter and her husband, Hal Holbrook. Mr. Holbrook served as a consultant to the architect and gave so much attention to the design and development of the theatre in the Dixie, that the local arts council bestowed the name, "The Hal Holbrook Theatre" on the new venue in honor of his assistance. As a result of the couple's contributions and hard work, residents from the area are being exposed to everything from "The Velveteen Rabbit" to a Samurai style rendition of "Macbeth".
- Was valedictorian of her high school class.