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Dixie Carter, 1939-2010

Posted in tv by Blake on April 18, 2010

Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker

As children of the 1980s and as homosexuals of the male variety, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the passing of the great Dixie Carter, who died last week at the age of 70.  No one, but no one, could do a tirade like Carter in her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the classic sit-com “Designing Women.”  Along with “The Golden Girls,” the ladies of “Designing Women” kept 1980s proto-gay boys company through the trying years of middle school.  And for that we will be forever grateful.

Dixie Carter, we will miss you.

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  1. NK said, on April 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Ah, Blake, how right you are–thank you for the tribute. The loss of Dixie following so closely on the heels that of our beloved Bea has been much to bear for my community of 1980s proto-gay boys you so aptly describe. In honor of Dixie, I offer the complete text of my absolutely favorite and most treasured Julie tirade. RIP Dixie.

    Julia: Yes, and I gather from your comments there are a couple of other things you don’t know, Marjorie. For example, you probably didn’t know that Suzanne was the only contestant in Georgia pageant history to sweep every category except congeniality, and that is not something the women in my family aspire to anyway. Or that when she walked down the runway in her swimsuit, five contestants quit on the spot. Or that when she emerged from the isolation booth to answer the question, “What would you do to prevent war?” she spoke so eloquently of patriotism, battlefields and diamond tiaras, grown men wept. And you probably didn’t know, Marjorie, that Suzanne was not just any Miss Georgia, she was the Miss Georgia. She didn’t twirl just a baton, that baton was on fire. And when she threw that baton into the air, it flew higher, further, faster than any baton has ever flown before, hitting a transformer and showering the darkened arena with sparks! And when it finally did come down, Marjorie, my sister caught that baton, and 12,000 people jumped to their feet for sixteen and one-half minutes of uninterrupted thunderous ovation, as flames illuminated her tear-stained face! And that, Marjorie – just so you will know – and your children will someday know – is the night the lights went out in Georgia!”

    • Blake said, on April 19, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Oh. My. God. That is just sheer brilliance. I had forgotten (how possible?) all about that one. I also have very fond memories of all of her social justice speeches, when she put people in their places about prejudice and discrimination.

      And here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV86kehwkc0


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