Today I dedicate this space to Dixie Carter, classy actress of stage and screen, who portrayed the fierce, intelligent, compassionate, sassy, incomparable Julia Sugarbaker on one of my all-time favorite television shows, Designing Women.
I just want to head over to Burger Guy for lunch, scream at New Orleans from my hotel balcony, and stick my head in the Abbott banister. Such fabulous times! Here are some more memories...
From 'Julia Drives Over the First Amendment'
Terry: Just so you know Mrs. Sugarbaker, this is still America, and free speech will always be protected.
Julia: I know it will. But pornography won't always be, Miss Wilder. This country will let the Nazis speak, and the Ku Klux Klansmen speak, because as despicable as their statements are, they are speaking their mind. But when you publish your magazine, you're not speaking your mind. You'd shut that magazine down tomorrow if it weren't turning a profit. You know it and I know it. Pornography is not free speech, it's commerce. Otherwise you couldn't zone it out of certain nice areas of the city.
Terry: Well, I see I am getting nowhere. We're both business women. Let's just leave it at that. I won't bother you, and you won't bother me.
Julia: No, that's not quite right, Miss Wilder. You bother me very much...Shame on you for calling yourself a feminist. And shame on you for hurting and demeaning women everywhere -- all for a lousy nickel.
From 'The Candidate'
Julia: I have had it up to here with you and your phony issues and your Yankee Doodle yakking! If you like reciting the Pledge of Allegiance everyday then I think you should do it! In the car! In the shower! Wherever the mood strikes you! But don't try to tell me when or where I have to say or do or salute anything...I am sick and tired of being made to feel that if I am not a member of a little family with 2.4 children who goes just to Jerry Falwell's church and puts their hands over their hearts every morning that I am un-religious, unpatriotic, and unAmerican...the last time I checked, God was neither a Democrat nor a Republican.
From 'Reservations for Eight'
Julia: It has been the men who have done the raping and the robbing and the killing and the war-mongering for the last two thousand years, and it has been the men who have done the pillaging and the beheading and the subjugating of whole races into slavery. It has been the men who have done the law making and the money making and most of the mischief making. So if the world isn't quite what you had in mind, you have only yourselves to thank!