Blake and Julia

Back in the 1980s, when cable TV was still sort of new in cities, most Americans were watching shows on ABC, CBS and NBC. Two of the actors who played iconic television characters of that decade died this month.

First, it was John Forsythe , who played rich guy Blake Carrington on Dynasty, which aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989. He died on April 1st at age 92. Dynasty was the story of rich and ruthless families, and in many ways the dramatic representation of the ‘me’ generation. Forsythe was also the voice of Charlie in the Charlie’s Angels TV series in the 1970s and again in two movie versions in the 2000s. What a voice!

This week’s celebrity death is Dixie Carter, the actress who played Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, which ran on CBS from 1986 to 1993. She also had roles on Diff’rent Strokes, Family Law and more recently on several episodes of Desperate Housewives. She was only 70 years old and the cause of death hasn’t been released. By the way, she was married to another outstanding actor Hal Holbrook.

Are you familiar with that pop culture theory that famous people die in threes? Who’s next?