Designing Women Star Dixie Carter Dies at 70

Actress had role ranging from 'Diff'rent Strokes' to 'Desperate Housewives'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2010 6:41 AM CDT
Designing Women Star Dixie Carter Dies at 70
In this Sept. 8, 2007 photo, actress Dixie Carter arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. "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.    (Chris Pizzello)

Designing Women star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and natural beauty won her a host of television roles, died yesterday at age 70. "This has been a terrible blow to our family," husband and actor Hal Holbrook said in a written statement that did not disclose cause of death. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."

A Tennessee native, Carter was most famous for playing wisecracking Southerner Julia Sugarbaker for seven years on Designing Women, an atypical sitcom that tackled such topics as sexism, ageism, body image, and AIDS. A recurring role on Diff'rent Strokes launched her television career, but she was nominated for an Emmy as recently as 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on Desperate Housewives. In addition to Holbrook, Carter is survived by daughters Mary Dixie and Ginna. (More Dixie Carter stories.)

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