Dixie Virginia Holbrook (Carter) (1939 - 2010) MP

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Birthplace: McLemoresville, Carroll, Tennessee, United States
Death: Died in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Cause of death: Endometrial cancer
Occupation: Actress, singer
Managed by: Erica Howton, (c)
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About Dixie Virginia Holbrook (Carter)

Tombstone inscription: The Lord is my strength and my song.

  • Dixie Virginia Carter
  • Born: May 25, 1939
  • Birth Place: McLemoresville, Tennessee
  • Dixie passed away April 10th, 2010 at the age of 70

"This has been a terrible blow to our family," her husband Hal Holbrook said in a written statement today. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy. Thank you."

In addition to Holbrook, her husband of nearly 26 years, the actress is survived by her two daughters Mary Dixie and Ginna.


In February and March 2006, Dixie Carter premiered Kate Clark’s two character play, Southern Comforts, with her husband Hal Holbrook at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. In October 2005, the Holbrooks appeared at Houston’s Alley Theatre in the world premiere of Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig. For ten weeks in the Spring of 2005, Ms. Carter performed to standing room only at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. as Mrs. Erlynne in Oscar Wilde’s play, Lady Windermere’s Fan. She starred there in 1999 in another Wilde play, A Woman of No Importance, and at the Long Wharf Theatre in 2003 as Jacqueline Susanne in Paper Doll by Mark Hampton.

New York Credits:

Eleven seasons at The Café Carlyle.

Broadway-- Marquis Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie; John Golden Theatre: Master Class (Maria Callas); Circle in the Square: Pal Joey (Melba); Bijou Theatre: Sextet.

Off-Broadway-- New York Shakespeare Festival: The Winter's Tale (Perdita); Public Theatre: Taken in Marriage (Dixie Avalon), Fathers and Sons (Calamity Jane), Buried Inside Extra (Liz Conlon), Gogol (Chained Woman), Jesse and the Bandit Queen (Belle Starr); Music Theatre of Lincoln Center: Carousal, The King and I, The Merry Widow; Astor Place Theatre: A Coupla' White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin'; Upstairs at the Downstairs.

Regional Credits:

Matrix Theatre, LA: Names (Stella Adler), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche DuBois), The Applecart, Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Mame, Babes in Arms, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, The King and I, The New Moon, The Student Prince, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night. In addition to her most well known television role, that of Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, she has starred in seven other television series


Southeastern Theatre Conference; National Corporate Theatre Fund; The Shakespeare Theatre Millennium Recognition Award; Theatre World Award: Jesse and the Bandit Queen; Drama Desk Nomination: Fathers and Sons; Dramalogue: Names.

The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center (The Dixie) opened in November 2005 in Huntingdon, Tennessee.

Born in McLemoresville, Tennessee, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis. She and Mr. Holbrook met while filming the CBS-TV movie, The Killing of Randy Webster. Carter and Holbrook reside in Los Angeles.



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Dixie Carter's Timeline

May 25, 1939
McLemoresville, Carroll, Tennessee, United States
Age 27
Age 37
Age 37
Age 39
May 27, 1984
Age 45
May 10, 2010
Age 70
Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Age 70
McLemoresville, Carroll, Tennessee, United States