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'Designing Women' star Dixie Carter dies after cancer battle

Holbrook-carter Dixie Carter, the actress who for seven seasons played Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom "Designing Women," died Saturday morning in Houston from complications of endometrial cancer

"The Edge of Night" provided her first TV role, and she was still racking up credits in 2009, but Carter is best known for her work with original leads Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart, and later Julia Duffy, in "Designing Women."

"The show was written just for us," Carter told the Palm Beach Post in 1999. "We all thought we were the prettiest and the funniest."

"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."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter at AARP The Magazine's Seventh Annual Movies for Grownups Awards on Feb. 4, 2008 in Los Angeles. Credit: Vince Bucci / Getty Images

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Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends at this time.

Tina and Jim Barnes
Indiantown, Fl.

We lost a jewel!

Truly a class act... She will be missed!

A southern belle who will be forever missed...RIP...

My prayers and sympathy are with Ms. Carter's family, our loss is Heaven's gain. She gave us great joy throughout her life with her amazing beauty, talent and intelligence. She made it a badge of honor to be born, raised and speak Southern. She was and will continue to be a true role model for young and old alike.


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