R.I.P. Dixie Carter – (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010)

Dixie Carter at the 41st Emmy Awards
Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women, from 1986–1993 has died. According to CNN, Carter, who was 70, died from complications arising from cancer. Dixie Carter had been married to actor Hal Holbrook since 1984. Carter is also Carter is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, Mary Dixie and Ginna. Carter suffered from endometrial cancer, which forms in the the tissue lining the uterus.

In addition to playing Julia on Designing Women, Dixie Carter also played Margaret “Maggie” McKinney on Diff’rent Strokes. She first appeared in the series in February 1984, during a three-part story arc that took the cast to California. Maggie and Philip Drummond fell in love, so in a “jump the shark” moment, Maggie and her son Sam came home with the Drummonds. Due to bad ratings, NBC dropped the show, which was then picked up by ABC for one last season. Dixie Carter was replaced by Mary Ann Mobley as Maggie.

But Carter went on to further success by playing Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women alongside Delta Burke, who played her sister Suzanne Sugarbaker. Together they launched an interior design firm called Sugarbaker Designs.

More recently, Carter earned an Emmy nomination for playing the very disturbed Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives during the 2006-2007 season.

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Ronald Reagan Quote of the Week – 4/12/10

I just wanted to speak to you about something from the Internal Revenue Code. It is the last sentence of section 509A of the code and it reads: ‘For purposes of paragraph 3, an organization described in paragraph 2 shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501C-4, 5, or 6, which would be described in paragraph 2 if it were an organization described in section 501C-3.’ And that’s just one sentence out of those fifty-seven feet of books.

Dead or Alive: Conrad Bain (Mr. Drummond)

Conrad Bain is ALIVE. Conrad Bain was Mr. Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes when the show ran from 1978-1986. He was born February 4, 1923, and is 87 years old right now.
He first appeared on regular television when he played a stuffy next-door neighbor Dr. Arthur Harmon on the show Maude from 1974-1978. Then he had his iconic role as Mr. Drummond. His last regular role was as presidential aide Charley Ross on the George C. Scott show Mr. President in 1987.
According to imdb, here is Conrad Bain’s last television appearance, which is from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air:





references: http://www.answers.com/topic/conrad-bain
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0047699/

R.I.P. John Forsythe – January 29, 1918 – April 1, 2010

John Forsythe, best known as Blake Carrington on the 80’s night time soap Dynasty, has died at the age of 92 after a year long battle with cancer. He died at his home in Santa Ynez from complications of pneumonia, publicist Harlan Boll said Friday.

Before he was in Dynasty, Forsythe was on Charlie’s Angels as Charles Townsend. He was the voice on the speaker phone who gave the Angels their mission for the episode.

After that series ended in 1981, Forsythe was cast as Blake Carrington. The A-Team‘s George Peppard was originally cast as Carrington, but Forsythe was selected as a last minute replacement. I think that worked out well for both of them.

Dynasty also starred Linda Evans as Krystle Carrington, Joan Collins as Alexis Colby, as well as Heather Locklear, and Heroes’ Jack Coleman.
I never watched the show, but I do remember the catfight between Krystle and Alexis. The show ended its run in 1989.

March 29, 1986 – “Rock Me Amadeus” Hits #1

On this date in 1986, “Rock Me Amadeus”, by Falco, hit number 1 on the Billboard charts. It was Falco’s only hit in the U.S. Falco was from Austria, and had four number 1 hits there. “Rock Me Amadeus” was inspired by the Oscar winning movie Amadeus, and was released on the album Falco 3.
This could also be a “Dead or Alive” article. Falco died on February 6, 1998 – two weeks before his 41st birthday. He had been planning on a comeback at the time. He died of severe injuries from an accident he had with a bus while he was driving an SUV.

He will always be remembered for this song:

Dead or Alive: Emmanuel Lewis

Emmanuel Lewis is — STILL ALIVE. Wouldn’t that have been sad if that cute little guy had already died? He was born in 1971, and is best known for playing Webster in the television show of the same name. The show ran from 1983-1987 on ABC. The show was set in Chicago, and revolved around Webster, whose parents were killed in a car accident. He was taken in by retired football star George Papadapolis (Alex Karras) and his wife Katherine (Susan Clark). Webster was often compared to Diff’rent Strokes. According to TV.com, After Webster, Lewis enrolled in Clark Atlanta University and earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. He also continued working in television throughout the ’90s, making guest appearances on various series including Family Matters, In the House, Moesha, Malcolm & Eddie and Good vs. Evil.
More recently, he was in VH1’s reality show, The Surreal Life in 2007.

R.I.P. Robert Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010)

According to the Associated Press, Robert Culp, who played FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero, died yesterday falling on a sidewalk near the lower entrance to Runyon Canyon Park, a popular hiking area in Hollywood. According to his manager Hillard Elkins, Culp was on a walk when he fell, and was pronounced dead before noon. Culp’s son was told that he died of a heart attack, and police were not sure if the fall was medically related.

Robert Culp is also known for playing Kelly Robinson in the television show I Spy, which ran 1965-168. For all three seasons, he was nominated for an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama, but lost to costar Bill Cosby (who played Alexander Scott) all three times. They remained friends after the series ended. Then they had a mini reunion in 1987 for an episode on The Cosby Show. Culp played Cliff Huxtable’s old navy buddy, Scotty Kelly, which was a combination of their I Spy characters’ names.

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