Dixie Carter Dies At Age 70

Well the world has lost another great lady.

Actress Dixie Carter, who will be remembered most for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, died Saturday at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband of over 25 years, actor Hal Holbrook, and two grown daughters.

Dixie was born and raised in Tennessee and after graduating from Memphis State, co-starred in several daytime dramas; but her big break didn’t happen until she landed the role of Maggie McKinney, an aerobics instructor during the fifth season of Diff’rent Strokes.

After that Dixie Carter starred alongside Delta Burke in the short-lived Linda Bloodworth-Thomason produced sitcom Filthy Rich. Upon cancellation of that show, Bloodworth-Thomason cast Carter and Burke in her new TV venture Designing Women; the show also starred Annie Potts and Jean Smart.

In 1984 Dixie Carter married Hal Holbrook, who was her third husband, after they met on the set of Designing Women. Holbrook played Reese Watson, Julia Sugarbaker’s long-time boyfriend.

Carter’s other acting credits include runs on Broadway and an Emmy nominated guest appearance on Desperate Housewives.

Reports are saying Dixie Carter passed away from endometrial cancer.


Julia Sugarbaker explains why the South is so great:

Endometrial cancer is cancer of the endometrium, which is the lining of the uterus (sometimes called the womb). The most common sign of endometrial cancer is unusual bleeding from your vagina, especially bleeding after menopause.

Endometrial cancer can almost always be treated successfully if it’s caught early. You can increase the chances that endometrial cancer will be found early by telling your doctor about any unusual bleeding.


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