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‘Designing Women’ Star Dixie Carter, 70, Dies

Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role on the classic TV show “Designing Women,” passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70.

(Watch the video below for a famous scene of Dixie Carter on “Designing Women.”)

Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter

“This has been a terrible blow to our family,” said her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, in a statement. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”

Carter played interior designer Julia Sugarbaker in “Designing Women,” which aired on CBS from 1986-1993. She also had a role in the 1980s on “Diff’rent Strokes,” and more recently earned an Emmy nomination in 2007 for her guest appearance on “Desperate Housewives.”

Carter was also known for her Broadway roles, including a stint in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in 2004.

Carter and Holbrook, who married in 1984, appeared together last year in the independent film, “That Evening Sun.”

In addition to her husband, Carter is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage.  Details on her cause of death were not yet available.

On a personal note, as a fan of “Designing Women,” I was in the audience for a taped reunion of the TV show in 2003.  I will treasure the moment when Dixie Carter smiled and waved at my sister and I. 

As a tribute, below is one of my favorite scenes of Dixie Carter as Julia Sugarbaker, who was known for her very powerful speeches.  In this scene, she was defending her sister, Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke), in the infamous “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia” speech.

Share your favorite TV moments of Dixie Carter below.

    4 Responses to “‘Designing Women’ Star Dixie Carter, 70, Dies”

    1. Melissa says:

      Good story!! That was the best scene!! She was an amazing actress and will be missed! And am I so glad we got to go to that reunion show, it was very cool!

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