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Dixie Carter is ‘star' of theatre scholarship benefit; reservations deadline, Nov. 23

Actress Dixie Carter achieved fame as the opinionated Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, but, as Lifetime Televisions Intimate Portrait reported, shes a Southern belle who has been making herself heard loud and clear since age 2.

Now shes bringing her wit and wisdom to APSUs Ninth Annual Theatre Scholarship Benefit, An Evening with Dixie Carter, with dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Customs House Museum. Carter will present an after-dinner talk.
Actress Dixie Carter achieved fame as the opinionated Julia Sugarbaker on “Designing Women,” but, as Lifetime Television's “Intimate Portrait” reported, she's a Southern belle who has been making herself heard loud and clear since age 2.

Now she's bringing her wit and wisdom to APSU's Ninth Annual Theatre Scholarship Benefit, “An Evening with Dixie Carter,” with dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Customs House Museum. Carter will present an after-dinner talk.

Reservations deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 23, and advanced reservations are required. Admission is $50 per person, with all proceeds going to APSU's theatre scholarship endowment.

The dinner will feature beef tenderloin with wild mushroom sauce and smoked salmon with cucumber dill sauce, along with assorted wines. Following Carter's talk, champagne will be served in the lobby.

On Nov. 17-20, Carter and her actor husband, Hal Holbrook, will mark the grand opening of the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center and the Hal Holbrook Theatre in Huntingdon, Tenn., near her hometown of McLemoresville. Carter will be present to speak and participate in the activities, which include performances by The Nashville Symphony.

On July 31, 2005, Carter ended a triumphant two-month engagement at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., as Mrs. Erlynne in Oscar Wilde's “Lady Windermere's Fan.” On Oct. 5, 2005, Carter and Holbrook opened at Houston's Alley Theatre in the world premiere of “Be My Baby,” by Ken Ludwig. In January 2005, the duo will debut another new play, “Southern Comfort,” written for two characters only.

Carter has enjoyed a multifaceted, creative career, starring in roles on television and in live theatre, singing professionally and authoring a book of memoirs.

Last year, Carter was seen on television in the sitcom “Hope and Faith” and the popular drama, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Besides her breakout role as Julia in “Designing Women,” she has starred in seven other television series: “Family Law,” “Ladies Man,” “Fired Up,” “Filthy Rich,” “On Our Own,” “Out of the Blue” and “Diff'rent Strokes.”

For 11 seasons, she has sung in New York City at The Café Carlyle. In addition to performing in numerous off-Broadway plays, Carter has performed on Broadway in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Master Class,” “Pal Joey” and “Sextet.”

Her CD “Dixie Carter Sings John Wallowitch at The Carlyle” was released in 1991. She produced two fitness videos, one of which (“Dixie Carter's Unworkout”) was a platinum release.

Carter's book “Trying to Get to Heaven,” which was published in 1996 by Simon & Schuster, was well received. Among many glowing reviews, Rex Reed wrote: “For a visual portrait of Dixie Carter, picture a steel magnolia munching a buttermilk biscuit in a Balenciaga gown. For a geographical tour of the mind and soul of the most delicious Southern belle since Holly Golightly, this fascinating, witty and delicious stream of consciousness fills in the rest.

“If you wonder why the civilized world is already in love with the brainy, brilliant, honey-dripping Dixie, read this vibrant memoir and you'll join the fan club.”

Don't miss an opportunity to meet this “brainy, brilliant Southern belle,” while also supporting theatre scholarships. Reserve your spot now for “An Evening with Dixie Carter.”

For more information or to make reservations, please telephone (931) 221-7378.
—Dennie B. Burke