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Emmy and Tony Awards eluded Dixie Carter

April 11, 2010 | 10:54 am

Prior to her death on Saturday at age 70, Dixie Carter had frequent flirtations with showbiz awards, but she didn't win.

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Most recently, in 2007, Dixie Carter was nominated for best guest comedy actress at the Emmys for portraying the diabolical, drunken mother of the love interest of Marcia Cross on "Desperate Housewives," but she lost to Elaine Stritch as the monstrous mother of Alec Baldwin on "30 Rock."

From 1986 to 1993, Carter portrayed the bossy mother hen on "Designing Women," which was nominated three times for best comedy series at the Emmys. In 1989 and 1991, it lost to "Cheers." In 1990, "Murphy Brown" beat it.

Carter twice starred in Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, but each time she joined the casts late, replacing Tony winners. She was the third and last actress to portray Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's "Master Class," which won best play and best actress (Zoe Caldwell) of 1996.

Carter also starred in "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which won the Tony as best musical of 2002. During the production's final run in 2004, she assumed the role of devilish Mrs. Meers, which had earned Harriet Harris the Tony for best featured actress in a musical. 

Photo: Dixie Carter. Credit: CBS


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I was a really, really big fan of the wonderful Dixie Carter. I loved her and her talent. I got her autograph in the Nashville airport with a anyone around. To be able to say a word to her privately was so unique and I'll always cherish those moments. Cancer is such a horrible monster.This is a huge loss for the family,peers,and for all of us. Hal Holbrook and her two girls, plus her sister will be in my daily prayers.

Dixie Carter was a lady with class, strength, beauty, lots of sex appeal plus tremendous talent. All women today, most especially the younger crowd should look to her as an example of what a woman can aspire to be. Unfortunately, most Hollywood "stars" have no class at all and certainly don't know what being a "Lady" means from what comes out of their mouths and their behavior to the clothes on their backs. As Tim Gunn said recently about one group, The Kardashians, with no class "I don't like the way they navigate the world." He's such a gentleman and I couldn't have said it better. I am saddened that she passed at a relatively young age these days and my heart goes out to her husband and family. She was one of a kind and I wish we had more like her.

"From 1986 to 1993, Carter portrayed the bossy momma on 'Designing Women,'"

Um, excuse me...she wasn't the "momma"; she was the big sister. I didn't watch the show regularly and even I knew that.

According to The New York Times, Dixie Carter's cause of Death:

Dixie Carter, an accomplished actress who gave strong, opinionated Southern women a good name in the television series “Designing Women” in the 1980s and 1990s, and later enjoyed success as a cabaret singer, died on Saturday in a Houston hospital. She was 70 and lived in Beverly Hills, Calif. Her death was announced by her husband, the actor Hal Holbrook, who said that the cause was complications of endometrial cancer.



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