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Dixie Carter

( b. May 25, 1939 McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA - d. Apr 10, 2010 Houston, Texas, USA ) Female
Relations: Partner of George Hearn (1977 - 1979)
Wife of Arthur Carter (1967 - 1977) divorced
Wife of Hal Holbrook (1984 - her death)

Dixie Carter was born in McLemoreville, TN. Her earliest dreams were of becoming an opera singer. A botched tonsillectomy when she was seven, however, ruined her chances. Still, she studied singing and classical music and learned to play the piano, trumpet, and harmonica. She graduated from Memphis State with an English degree. Ms. Carter retained her southern accent in most her performances, adding a headstrong, subtly sexy tinge to the characters she portrayed.

Dixie Carter made her professional stage debut in a Memphis production of Carousel. Moving to New York in 1963, she won a part in A Winter's Tale. Meaningful success started to come as she approached her mid-30s. She received a Theatre World Award for Jesse and the Bandit Queen in 1976, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Fathers and Sons Off-Broadway in 1979. Around this same time, she made two brief appearances in Broadway musicals, 1974's Sextet and a 1976 revival of Pal Joey. She was known for championing the work of composer John Wallowitch, who often joined her as accompanist. The two artists met in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, when Ms. Carter had just moved to New York. She also sang as the villainous Mrs. Meers in the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie.


ProductionsDate of Productions
Thoroughly Modern Millie
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Dixie Carter
      Mrs. Meers - Replacement (Feb 24, 2004 - Jun 06, 2004)
Apr 18, 2002 - Jun 20, 2004
Master Class
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Dixie Carter
      Maria Callas - Replacement (Jan 31, 1997 - Jun 29, 1997)
Nov 05, 1995 - Jun 29, 1997
Pal Joey
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Starring: Dixie Carter [Melba Snyder]
Jun 27, 1976 - Aug 29, 1976
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Dixie Carter [Ann]
Mar 03, 1974 - Mar 10, 1974
1979 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Dixie Carter (for "Fathers and Sons") [nominee]
1976 Theatre World Award
winner Dixie Carter (for "Jesse and the Bandit Queen") [recipient]
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