"Designing Women" Actress Dixie Carter Dies At 70

"Designing Women" actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, has died. She was 70.

Publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, says Carter died Saturday morning.

A native of Tennessee, Carter was most famous for playing quick-witted Southerner Julia Sugarbaker for seven years on "Designing Women," the CBS sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1993.

She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on the ABC hit "Desperate Housewives."

Carter's other credits include roles on the series "Family Law" and "Different Strokes."

She had been married to Holbrook since 1984.


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  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    I loved her!!! She was so classy and sophisticated with her Southern Charm. I loved the episode when she gave her tyrade tongue-lashing to "Ray Don"! CLASSIC!!! She will be missed.
  • by Belle Location: Winterville on Apr 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM
    "Anonymous" and "The Voice"-you do know that Ms. Carter was a registered Republican, right? She donated to Republican causes and attended the National Republican Convention. Is it that hard for you to differentiate between a character someone plays on a television show and a real-life person? It's too bad when facts get in the way of your ignorant bashing of an individual. Shame, shame.
  • by irate Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    I always thought she was a heck of a good-looking woman, as beautiful as she was talented. RIP Dixie.
  • by anon Location: Wash, nc on Apr 12, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    She was a classy lady who took care of business whenever it became necessary. Even though I am a much younger, southern black woman, I could relate to the character of Julia Sugarbaker.My thoughts and pryaers are with her family.
  • by Sheri Location: Jamesville on Apr 12, 2010 at 07:21 AM
    I wish I had the spunk that she did. She said her mind and that was that. I will miss her!
  • by Southern Gal Location: BoCo on Apr 12, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    Whats is wrong with people that want to critize a person that has passed away?!?! It seems so many people don't have a heart and more or morals. Nobody cares about politics when it comes to a human being that has passed and her family and friends will miss her dearly. may god bless this family through this hard time.
  • by Nana Location: Southern Pitt on Apr 12, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Enjoyed watching her spar with folks on Designing Women; was glad when she and Holbrook got together, they are both class acts as far as I'm concerned. Prayers and thoughts to her family.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Apr 12, 2010 at 05:57 AM
    My favorite memory about her was an episode where she took a deep breath and started a powerful & insightful tyrade, telling off a young & arrogant beauty queen that had made fun of her sister Suzanne behind her back. Her elocution was stunning, and she had a presence that filled a room. I don't really care what her political beliefs or stance were. She was an amazing and talented actress. She clearly wished to be remembered by her art. Let's appreciate that and leave the rhetoric about what the show was about aside. Bravo to any strong woman that has made her own way in life, and had a full life as she did.
  • by The Voice on Apr 11, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    "To Anonymous", I believe what the "Anonymous" who posted at 3:54PM was trying to imply that Carter was an overrated feminist liberal who is being mourned by CNN (aka the Clinton News Network. I happen to agree 100%.
  • by To Anonymous on Apr 11, 2010 at 06:08 PM
    and your point is? Oh yeah, I know u cannot comment without sounding ridiculous.
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