Tragic News: 'Designing Women' Star Dixie Carter Dies At 70

Sun, April 11, 2010 12:24pm EST by 4 Comments
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The TV legend passed away the morning of April 10.

“This has been a terrible blow to our family,” Dixie Carter‘s husband Hal Holbrook said in a statement April 10. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.” Born in McLemoresville, Tenn., 1939, Dixie is best known for playing interior decorator Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom Designing Women, a role she portrayed from 1986 to 1993. More recently, she received an Emmy nomination in 2007 for her turn as hellish mom Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives.

Her final film, That Evening Sun, premiered at South by Southwest in 2009, and featured Dixie acting alongside husband Hal.

Dixie, thank you for providing us all with so much entertainment over the years, and for constantly being an example of class and professionalism. You will be missed.

BFFs, share you favorite Dixie Carter roles and memories with us below!

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Posted at 1:44 AM on April 12, 2010  

Deepest sympathies for her family and friends.

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Chip Rosenthal

Posted at 12:47 PM on April 11, 2010  

Julia’s “reading” as she recalled Susanne’s win at the Miss Ga. (?) pageant is the most classic reading of all time. Dixie has been one of the most entertaining and classy ladies in the history of the business. How much more could we have had from her had she not passed away at such a premature age?

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Posted at 12:36 PM on April 11, 2010  

A very classy lady who will be missed by many, my prayer’s go out to her family, and my she rest in peace.

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Beverly Leslie

Posted at 12:33 PM on April 11, 2010  

This is such a tragedy. Dixie, I LOVED you in designing women and everything else you ever did that I saw you in. So sad that such an incredible actress is no longer with us.

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