I must take this moment to mark the passing of Dixie Carter. Designing Women was one of my very favorite shows when it first hit the airways in 1986. I watched it for about 5 of the 7 years it was on. What a wonderful show. I loved all the women and their highly scripted, witty, sarcastic conversation. They each had such a wonderful quality, but of course my favorite was Julia Sugarbaker. Charlene was a little too sweet, Mary Jo was a little too flaky and Suzanne was just a little too crazy.
I loved the way Julia dressed. I loved that Julia was intelligent and fiercely independent. And Julia was classy. How do you define class? I think it is a hard to define quality, but you know it when you see it. I would love to be thought of as a classy woman. I don't feel particularly classy in my frumpville clothes and my frumpville apartment and I know I don't always act in a classy way, but it is something I aspire to. I think there are worse things in the world than to aspire to be like Julia Sugarbaker.
Julia was known for making her famous, blistering speeches. After a few years the formula of the show was obvious with Julia putting someone in their place, but I could overlook the lack of originality because the dialogue was sharp (for those first 5ish years) and the speeches were fabulous. What a show and what a lady. Thank you Dixie Carter. Thank you Julia Sugarbaker.