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.
- 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".
- Member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Delta Sigma chapter.
- 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.
- Carter is her birth name, and her first husband was no relation.
- Appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.
- Stepmother of 'David Holbrook (I)' (qv).
- Dixie Carter's daughters, 'Mary Dixie Carter' (qv) and 'Ginna Carter' (qv), played her nieces in one episode of _"Designing Women" (1986)_ (qv).
- Attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before transferring to Rhodes College in Memphis TN.