When I think of going solo, I think of doing something grand, special or brave like taking that first flight without the instructor, or giving a performance. I think of taking on some great adventure alone. I don't have any experience with such things. No, going solo for me is attending a social function without my husband, or going parasailing (back in the days before they had tandem flights), or maybe when I rode my first bicycle without training wheels.
Since I don't have any special solo events with which to entertain and fascinate you, I present to you someone who does. Dixie Carter. She entertained us as Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women (1986-1993), a sitcom about four strong Southern women in the interior design business.
She portrayed a strong, yet genteel, Southern lady who was always willing to stand up for family and friends, and when something got her riled, she really laid it on the line.
But perhaps what I remember most is her rendition of "How Great Thou Art". In this episode she was to sing a choir solo, but was afraid she wouldn't be able to hit the high notes. Charlene was having issues with her church and it's prohibition on female ministers. It was important to her that Julia sing this song for women everywhere.
Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker singing "How Great Thou Art"
Dixie Carter passed away in April 2010.