Julia Sugarbaker's Best Takedowns on Designing Women
Julia Sugarbaker was a refined Southern woman—intellectual, whip-smart, feminine, and downright fearsome. On Designing Women, she was known for her blistering tirades on topics ranging from the First Amendment to chauvinistic behavior to the real reason the lights went out in Georgia one night. She paired her pearls with a razor-sharp tongue and fiery wit that sent many of her targets scampering for safety. Some of Julia's sharpest barbs were aimed at her beauty-pageant winning sister Suzanne (played by Delta Burke), but if anyone else dared to tease Suzanne—watch out.
Julia was so beloved and feared for her epic speeches that years later, Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon, channeled her on 30 Rock and declared to a packed writers' room, "You don't cross a Sugarbaker woman!" Indeed, you don't, and here are a few reasons why: