'Designing Women' Cast Now, 33 Years after 1st Episode of the Famous Sitcom Aired
Seven seasons watching "Designing Women" had fans falling hopelessly in love with the cast. Unfortunately, the show eventually ended and fans were forced to part with their favorite characters.
"Designing Women" brought audiences the stellar cast that consisted of Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, and Meshach Taylor. Recent rumors of a "Designing Women" reboot has many fans reminiscing about the past.
Loyal fans can't help wondering what happened to the original cast members. Here is a look at where they are now.
Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker
Julia, played by Dixie Carter who was the designing woman. She owned Sugarbakers & Associates in the show.
In the show, she ran the business from her home. She became known for her snappy way of putting people in their place in every episode.
The show ended in 1993 and Carter went on to play Randi King in "Family Law." She also landed a series of guest appearances on shows like "Law & Order: SVU" and "Desperate Housewives."
The latter earned her an Emmy nomination. The actress heartbreakingly passed after suffering from complications of her cancer in 2010 at the age of 70.
Delta Burke as Suzanne Sugarbaker
Actress Delta Burke embraced the role of Julia's sister, Suzanne Sugarbaker. She drew inspiration for the character from her own experience as a pageant contestant in the Miss Florida competition.
Her "Designing Women" character was a shallow former beauty queen. She earned two Emmy nominations for her role.
Delta was fired after the fifth season after she was locked in controversial disagreements with producers. She went on to appear in her own short-lived series, "Delta."
She also landed a role in a spin-off of "Designing Women," called "Women of the House." In 2003, she decided to try her hand on stage and made her Broadway debut in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Currently, the actress took on several guest roles in shows like "Drop Dead Diva."
Annie Potts as Mary Jo Shively
The sarcastic Mary Jo was played by actress Annie Potts. She was known as the self-deprecating head designer at the firm and loved for her sense of humor.
The character was dubbed one of the most modern ladies on TV. She was a divorcee who was also a single mother of two in the show.
After the show, Annie continued working on television shows like "Love and War" and "Any Day Now." She also voiced Little Bo Peep in Pixar's "Toy Story" movies.
She also guest-starred on hit shows like "Two and a Half Men" and "Grey's Anatomy." Most recently, the actress has taken on the main character role in the hit "Young Sheldon."
Jean Smart as Charlene Frazier Stillfield
The country girl in the office, Charlene was the office manager at the firm. She played by the stunning Jean Smart.
The character spent most of the show reminiscing about her hometown of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The show was actually Jean's big break.
After the show, she landed roles in several other hit shows, including "Frasier" and "24" which both earned her Emmys.
She also starred in the cult-favorite movie "Sweet Home Alabama." Recently, the actress starred in "A Simple Favor" and shows like "Dirty John" and "Watchmen."
Meshach Taylor as Anthony Bouvier
Meshach Taylor initially played Anthony Bouvier who was the Sugarbakers' falsely-accused ex-con delivery man. He ends the series as Mr. Bouvier, Esquire, after finishing law school.
His role was actually supposed to only be one episode. However, the producers enjoyed the dynamic touch he added to the show and decided to keep him on as the perfect sidekick to Suzanne's shenanigans.
Taylor went on to act in "Dave's World." He also co-hosted "Living Me!" with Florence Henderson on "Retirement Living TV."
He then took to the Broadway stage as Lumière in "Beauty and the Beast." The actor tragically passed in 2014 at the age of 67 from colorectal cancer.