Designing Women actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died of endometrial cancer Saturday morning in Houston, Texas at age 70. “This has been a terrible blow to our family,” husband Hal Holbrook said in a written statement. “We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”
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 Hal Holbrook since 1984.
We would like to extend our prayers and sincerest condolences to Hal Holbrook, her daughters, and co-workers. Dixie was an amazing woman who lived her life with the dignity and grace of a Southern Belle. She will be greatly missed.