Mostly Credited As: Dixie Carter
Birth Name: Dixie Virginia Carter
Date Of Birth: May 25, 1939 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: McLemoresville, Tennessee
Date Of Death: April 10, 2010
Cause Of Death: Cancer
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
McLamoresville, Tennessee-born Dixie Carter joined the cast of "Diff'rent Strokes" in 1983 as TV host Maggie McKinney. Miss McKinney met billionaire Phil Drummond (Conrad Bain), and the two were soon married. Ms Carter's earliest ambition was to sing opera. With
this in mind, she entered Southwestern University to study classical music. While there, she played the leads in such musicals as "Kiss Me Kate," "Oklahoma," "The King and I" and "Brigadoon" at Memphis's Front Street
Theater. Upon graduation, she headed for New York to study opera. "Then came the rude awakening. I did not have the voice to sing opera," she said. "My voice was simply not big enough, so I trained for musical comedy and acting."
A friend recommended that she see Joseph Papp, who was casting for a Shakespeare in the Park production of "A Winter's Tale." Ms Carter received the part, and was later cast in "Taken in Marriage" and "Gogol." She starred on Broadway as Melba in "Pal Joey" and as Ann in "Sextet." She won the coveted off-Broadway Theater World Award for her performance as Belle Starr in "Jesse and the Bandit Queen" and won a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as Calamity Jane in "Fathers and Sons."
As theater work kept her busy at night, she began working on television during the day as Brandy Henderson on "The Edge of Night." It was during this period that she was separated and later divorced from her husband. A chance to re-create her role of Calamity Jane opposite Richard Chamberlain in a West Coast production of "Fathers and Sons" brought Miss Carter to Hollywood. Since moving to California she has appeared on "Bret Maverick," "Best of the West," "Quincy" and "Greatest American Hero." She had starring roles in the series "Out of the Blue," "Filthy Rich" and "On Our Own." She also starred in the feature film "Bizarre" and co-starred in the television movies "Ohms" and "The Killing of Randy Webster."