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Dixie Carter Passes Away at 70

Posted on: April 12, 2010

Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter was an actress who gave strong, opinionated Southern women a good name in the television series “Designing Women” in the 1980s and 1990s and later had success as a cabaret singer.  She passed away on Saturday in Houston, TX.  She was 70 years of age and lived in Beverly Hills, California.  Her husband, the actor Hal Holbrook, announced his wife’s death and said that the cause was from complications of endometrial cancer.  In “Designing Women”, Dixie played the character of Julia Sugarbaker.  The show ran for seven seasons on CBS and was about an all woman interior design business in Atlanta.  Before then Dixie Carter played a familiar face on television.  She was in the 1977-78 series “On Our Own”, and played the sophisticated office colleague of two naive young women.  Also she played as the snooty wife of a plantation owner in the 1982-83 show “Filthy Rich”.  In 1984-85 she played the stepmother of Gary Coleman in the season of “Diff’rent Strokes”.  Dixie Carter was born on May 25th, 1939 and became famous through her epic acting throughout her life.

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