Nobody messed with Julia Sugarbaker! RIP Dixie. You were one hell of a Southern Belle. Designing Women was one of the great feminist inspired sitcoms of the eighties and early nineties. Well written, well acted and always inappropriate. DW was funny as hell and pushed the envelope more often than not and in doing so captured an audience of modern, liberated women who related to one or all of the extraordinary and quirky women portrayed in the show. Dixie Carter made the show a hit. She carried Designing Women in her role as Julia Sugarbaker. She was the feisty no nonsense successful business owner that was an inspiration to all American women who in turn dared to dream a little bit more because of her. I loved it when she got riled up and went off on some poor sap who undoubtedly deserved it. She was the absolute best bitcher outer ever! I think I have gone Julia Sugarbaker on someone at least once in my life and she perfected the art of the chew out. She did it with class and without vulgarity. Nothing but bullet point factoids putting you in your place, bitches. You go girl...and remember, you don't grab a bobcat by the tail. Ever.