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"Designing Women" Star Dixie Carter Dies

Apr. 10 2010, Published 3:18 p.m. ET

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"Designing Women" actress Dixie Carter has died at the age of 70.

She was best known for playing the quick-witted Southerner Julia Sugarbaker for seven years on the CBS sitcom, but she had a host of roles on Broadway and TV.

She's survived by her husband, actor Hal Holbrook and two daughters, Mary Dixie and Ginna.

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"This has been a terrible blow to our family," her husband said in a statement.

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"We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy. Thank you."

In 2007, Carter received an Emmy nomination for a stint as the devious mother-in-law of Marcia Cross' character, Bree Hodge, on "Desperate Housewives."

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