'Designing Women' star Dixie Carter dies of cancer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

April 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- New details are emerging in the death of "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter.

Publicist Steve Rohr told The Associated Press on Sunday that Carter died in Houston of complications of endometrial cancer.

Carter died Saturday at age 70. Husband and fellow actor Hal Holbrook called a "terrible blow" for their family.

The Tennessee native, with her unmistakable Southern accent and style, was a Broadway veteran before she landed a series of high-profile television roles that made her a national star.

She found perhaps her perfect part in Julia Sugarbaker, the wiser and wittier half of a pair of sisters who ran an Atlanta interior decorating firm in "Designing Women." The CBS sitcom that had a seven-year run on the network and an endless life in reruns.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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