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Linda Bloodworth's Claudia Foundation Hosts Dixie Carter Event

A lavish holiday display unlike anything seen in Southeast Missouri will be open to the public Nov. 25 through Dec. 22 at the Bloodworth House in Poplar Bluff.

Television producer, screenwriter and author Linda Bloodworth Thomason has employed a noted Hollywood set designer to transform the English Baroque-style home into the first annual Holiday House -- a wonderland complete with more than two dozen designer Christmas trees, hundreds of yards of garlands, a miniature village display for children, live entertainment and more. Theme for the display is "I’ll Be Home For Christmas."

Stage and screen actress Dixie Carter, who played Julia Sugarbaker on Bloodworth Thomason's Designing Women television series, will provide one of the brightest highlights of the holiday celebration when she gives a one-night show on Dec. 3 at the TRCC’s Tinnin Fine Arts Center. Carter's Christmas Cabaret show will include holiday music, as well as some of the numbers she performs each year at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City.

Those who purchase tickets for the entire Dixie Carter evening also will be treated to a pre-performance champagne supper hosted by Linda Bloodworth Thomason and her husband, director Harry Thomason. To purchase tickets, go to or call 1-866-686-3040.



Teri Garr & Annie Potts Guest Star on 'Law & Order SVU'

Teri Garr and Annie Potts each take on dirty clients in special November Sweeps episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

"Starved" - Airs November 15th
When a series of rapes is linked to a speed-dating service, Benson goes undercover and discovers Mike Jergens (guest star Dean Cain) is the assailant. Terri Garr appears as attorney Minerva Grahame-Bishop.

"Rockabye" - Airs November 22nd
A teenage girl runs away from home to get an abortion and winds up brutally killing her unborn child. This time, Annie Potts steps in as attorney Sophie Devere.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit airs Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on NBC.


'The Dixie' Prepares for Grand Opening

November 17-20 marks the grand opening festivities of the new Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center and the Hal Holbrook Theatre in Huntingdon, Tennessee -- affectionately just called "The Dixie."

Dixie Carter will be onsite to speak and participate in the musical festivities, which include performances by the Chuck Wagon Gang and the Nashville Symphony.

Tickets are available at The official website for "The Dixie", which also details the schedule for upcoming events as well as information on projects, workshops and the Holbrook Theater. Visitors to the website will also be greeted with a personal voice message from Dixie Carter herself.

**Sources:, The Dixie Official Site


Smart Joins Eric Bana on the Silver Screen

Jean Smart will be appearing in two upcoming films, both of which star Eric Bana.

Munich features Bana as a Mossad agent who must track Palestinian terrorists who assassinated Israeli athletes. The film takes place in the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics. Munich, directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, hits theatres on December 23.

Jean also makes an appearance in the upcoming Warner Bros. feature, Lucky You, starring Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Debra Messing and Robert Duvall. Lucky You, which features Bana as a Las Vegas poker player trying to beat the odds and his own demons in order to win a world championship, is in post production and is scheduled for release April 2006.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart


Delta's '1st & Ten' Hits DVD

1st & Ten, the HBO series that almost prevented Delta Burke from starring in Designing Women is about to be released on DVD!

The comedy series stars Delta Burke as a young, sexy divorcee who takes ownership of a rundown football team and has to work with Coach Ernie Denardo (Reid Shelton) to whip the team into shape and win some games! The cast was full of testerone with lots of former NFL stars, including a not-yet-notorious O.J. Simpson. The show lasted until 1990-91, although Burke exited in 1988 after 32 episodes.

After an initial delay, Tango Entertainment's releases of 1st & Ten has finally been scheduled, and Season 1 and Season 2 are both set to be released as seperate sets on January 3, 2006.

In addition, trade magazine Home Media Retailing is reporting in a story by Thomas K. Arnold, that Tango Entertainment has teamed up with Wal-Mart to produce a special 1st & Ten - Complete Collection set with all 80 episodes from the run of the show (1984 - 1990/91), including the years when Playboy playmate Shannon Tweed took over the ownership role when Delta Burke moved on to Designing Women. The set is expected to be released November 15th and is rumored to have a ridiculously low price, but as reported by, due to extreme compression of the episodes onto fewer discs, image quality could be an issue.

The first two seasons featuring Delta -- without the extra image compression -- are available for pre-order at 1st & 10 Seasons 1 and 1st & 10 Seasons 2.



Patricia Heaton to Star in TNT Holiday Movie

Patricia Heaton's latest project is a TNT original movie called The Engagement Ring, now slated to premiere November 28.

The Engagement Ring is a romantic holiday story set in the Napa Valley wine country. Lost in the mail for many years, an engagement ring and a marriage proposal are finally delivered. Through the ring, originally intended for her mother, Heaton's character discovers the meaning of love, friendship and living life to its fullest. Lainie Kazan and Vincent Spano also star.

This is the second film Heaton as done for TNT -- the first being the 2004 remake of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl opposite Jeff Daniels, for which she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

**Source: TNT Publicity


Carter Joins Southern Lady Celebration

Grab your hat and head to Nashville, Tennessee November 11 – 13 for the third annual Southern Lady Celebration for a weekend of celebration, inspiration and delightful pampering – all with a decidedly Southern Lady flair. Dixie Carter will be one of nine speakers at the Gaylord Opryland™ Resort and Convention Center.

Southern Lady, the magazine designed to celebrate and inspire women of the South, also featured Dixie in it's September/October issue.

For more information, visit Southern Lady on the web.



Jean Smart Joins the Cast of '24' on FOX

Jean Smart has signed on as a regular for the 5th season of the smash Fox drama 24. She will play Martha Logan, the wife of the returning President Logan (Gregory Itzen).

The 5th season will premiere with two episodes from 8-10 p.m. January 15, followed by two from 8-10 p.m. January 16 (the second episode January 16 will be the show's 100th). On January 23, the fifth hour of 24 will air in the show's regular 9 p.m. Monday slot.

The scheduling strategy is designed to let viewers watch an entire season on a weekly basis without repeats or pre-emptions.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart

  UPDATED JULY 14, 2005

'Designing Women' DVD Update

After an overwhelming number of emails in the last few hours from our Belled Online subscribers, Sony has waived the white flag and announced tentative plans to release Season One of Designing Women on DVD in early 2006.

Sony even called and asked them to make an announcement!

Representatives for Sony say they've heard you, and have asked to please make the emails stop! If you have already sent an email, thank you. If not, we will leave that to your discretion, but please don't SPAM or mass email as this will lessen the impact we're already having.

Again, this announcement is only tentative, and although we won't be happy until it's official, there is only so much Sony will be able to do about the time frame at this point. No matter how hard we push, it will take several months to get these sets on the shelf -- so please be patient. We will keep you posted if we hear anything official in the coming weeks.


Stars Join Hurricane Relief Effort

Jean Smart, Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney are among the growing list of celebrities and entertainers set to participate in the national gala fundraising telethon, Mississippi Rising.

Proceeds for the three-hour, star-studded event will go to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund and The Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund.

The event will be held on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford on October 1 and will be broadcast live by various networks that include MSNBC, public television and local stations in Mississippi and Louisiana. Tickets are on sale through the University of Mississippi (888-732-8587 or 662-915-7167).


Dixie Carter & Hal Holbrook in 'Be My Baby'

Bottles, diapers and bibs, oh my! Ken Ludwig's new comedy Be My Baby features Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook as two likeable characters who actually don't like each other very much, but are forced into a cross-Atlantic adventure to transport a newborn baby to her adoptive parents.

Directed by Tony Award-Winner John Rando, Be My Baby makes its world premiere at Houston's Alley Theatre, September 30 - October 23, 2005.

Tickets are available by visiting Alley Theatre or calling the box office at (713) 228-8421. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at a discounted rate by calling (713) 228-9341, ext. 346.

**Sources: Alley Theatre, The Cabaret:
Photo from: Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle (1994)

  POSTED AUGUST 31, 2005

'DIVAS Simply Singing' -- 15 Years Benefiting AIDS Healthcare

Blushing bride Sheryl Lee Ralph, who is still celebrating her July 30 wedding to Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes, will host the 15th installment of her DIVAS Simply Singing event in Los Angeles on October 8th to benefit the Black AIDS Institute and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.

Created and produced by actress/producer Ralph, the program serves as a “tribute to the countless number of friends and family taken by this disease” and also calls to mind those who are currently fighting its effects.

Tickets are available at, and select OUT of the CLOSET Thrift Stores.

  UPDATED JULY 6, 2005

Jean Smart in 'Windermere's Fan' - Williamstown Theatre Festival

The Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival brings Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere's Fan to its Main Stage Wednesday, July 6 through Sunday, July 17. Tony and Emmy nominated director Moisés Kaufman directs this deliciously witty and yet surprisingly modern social satire.

In a fun coincidence, just like her former co-star Dixie Carter, Jean does her own take on the mysterious Mrs. Erlynne, who appears out of nowhere and seems to have most of the men of London's society entranced by her -- including Lord Windermere.

Starring alongside Jean are Isabel Keating as Duchess of Berwick, Adam Rothenberg as Lord Darlington, Sandra Shipley as Lady Jedburgh, Samantha Soule as Lady Windermere, Benjamin Walker as Cecil Graham, and Chandler Williams as Mr. Dumby.

Tickets are on sale online at the festival's official Web site, or by calling the box office at 413-597-3400.

**Sources: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart

  UPDATED JULY 6, 2005

Dixie Carter in 'Lady Windermere's Fan' - Shakespeare Theatre

Dixie Carter finds herself in Victorian society in The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Oscar Wilde's scandal-scented Lady Windermere's Fan, directed by Keith Baxter, June 7-July 31 in Washington, D.C.

Among Carter's castmates are Tessa Auberjonois as Lady Windermere, Gregory Wooddell as Mr. Cecil Graham, Nancy Robinette as Duchess of Berwick, David Sabin as Lord Augustus Lorton and Andrew Long as Lord Windermere.

Tickets are $12.75-$68 with discounts available for groups, senior citizens and students. Tickets can be ordered by calling (202) 547-1122 or by visiting

**Sources: The Shakespeare Theatre, The Cabaret:

  UPDATED JULY 6, 2005

Delta Burke in 'Steel Magnolias' Continues to July 31

Delta Burke, who made her Broadway debut last year in Thoroughly Modern Millie, is making her second mark on Broadway in Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias, which will continue until July 31.

Delta plays beauty salon owner Truvy, the role portrayed in the film of the same name by Dolly Parton. Directed by Tony-nominated Jason Moore, the cast includes Christine Ebersole as M'Lynn; Rebecca Gayheart as M'Lynn's daughter, Shelby; Lily Rabe as newcomer beautician Annelle; Marsha Mason as crusty Ouiser, and Frances Sternhagen as Clairee.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, matinees Wednesdays at 2 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. For ticket information, contact at (212) 239-6200.


  POSTED APRIL 13, 2005

Annie Potts Attached to ABC Pilot

Annie Potts is the first to be cast in the ABC pilot, Red and Blue, a comedy about a liberal dad and conservative grandfather vying to win the hearts and minds of their kids and grandkids.

Potts has been tapped to play the grandmother in the Touchstone Television/Shady Acres-based project, which comes from executive producers Rob Long, Dan Staley, Michael Bostick and Tom Shadyac.

  POSTED APRIL 13, 2005

Sheryl Lee Ralph as Margo Channing in 'Applause'

Sheryl Lee Ralph, who starred as Deena Jones in the original Broadway cast of Dreamgirls, will play Margo Channing in the upcoming Reprise! mounting of Applause.

Ralph will play the role created onstage by Lauren Bacall in the series of staged concerts at UCLA's Freud Playhouse May 10-22. David Lee will direct Applause, which will feature choreography by Mark Esposito. The musical is based on the film All About Eve, which concerns an aging Broadway star (Margo Channing) and the young woman (Eve Harrington) she takes under her wing.

Tickets for Applause, priced $55-$65, are available by calling the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825 2101. Go to for more information.


  POSTED APRIL 1, 2005

Jean Smart Stars in Kim Possible Animated Movie

Jean has reprised her role as Kim Possible's brain surgeon mother for the Disney Channel's first animated original movie, Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama.

Diligently tongue-in-cheek, the extended version of Disney's hit cartoon requires the young Kim to rescue the world from domination by the evil Dr. Drakken and save her kidnapped father, all before the junior prom. Additionally, Ms. Possible experiences a severe crush on the new guy in school, causing her loyal best friend and lovable nerd Ron Stoppable to realize he has deep feelings for the teen superhero.

Disney's Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama premieres Friday, April 8th on the Disney Channel.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart