Dixie Carter “Designing Women” star actress dies at 70 years old.
If you are anything like me, I was a besotted fan of the 1980s popular tv show, “Designing Women.” Actually gay male friends of mine in San Francisco, very conservative corporate business types, turned me onto the show.
As a Smith College alumna, at the time, my favorite character was the elegance and aplomb, Julia Sugarbaker. She gave us an example of feminine business women in snazzy femmy business suits in an era when women’s business suits were all square cut and navy. Additionally, she was just always a SMART lady. Which I think every college-educated woman wanted to have be appreciated and admired.
Now we have Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. But 20 years ago we had Julia.
As a woman who has been widowed, one of the most touching lines of the show for me was when her husband Hal Holbrock, lucky man, who player her boyfriend told her something to the affect of her still loving her late husband was a good thing. A sign of her love. I remember crying when I heard it on syndicated TV. If I can find the actual quote, I’ll be sure to update my blog post.
I later also purchased a book by her. Dixie Carter was a fun-filled classy lady. We could all do with emulating her a bit. She provide an example of feminine business woman executive success in an era when we sure needed some mentor bell wether examples. Julia, we love you and we will miss you.
Hal, I can’t even imagine. My condolences for your loss. Kleenex Ultra and sip water.