May. 25th, 1939
McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
Dixie Carter's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Carter is her birth name, and her first husband was no relation.
- Travels extensively as a public speaker and appears in concert across the country.
- Appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
- Dixie Carter's daughters, 'Mary Dixie Carter' (qv) and 'Ginna Carter' (qv), played her nieces in one episode of _"Designing Women" (1986)_ (qv).
- Was valedictorian of her high school class.
- Appeared as Mrs. Arbuthnot in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. (1988).
- Stepmother of 'David Holbrook (I)' (qv).
- 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.