Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on the TV show Designing Women, from 1986–1993 has died. According to CNN, Carter, who was 70, died from complications arising from cancer. Dixie Carter had been married to actor Hal Holbrook since 1984. Carter is also Carter is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage, Mary Dixie and Ginna. Carter suffered from endometrial cancer, which forms in the the tissue lining the uterus.
In addition to playing Julia on Designing Women, Dixie Carter also played Margaret “Maggie” McKinney on Diff’rent Strokes. She first appeared in the series in February 1984, during a three-part story arc that took the cast to California. Maggie and Philip Drummond fell in love, so in a “jump the shark” moment, Maggie and her son Sam came home with the Drummonds. Due to bad ratings, NBC dropped the show, which was then picked up by ABC for one last season. Dixie Carter was replaced by Mary Ann Mobley as Maggie.
But Carter went on to further success by playing Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women alongside Delta Burke, who played her sister Suzanne Sugarbaker. Together they launched an interior design firm called Sugarbaker Designs.
More recently, Carter earned an Emmy nomination for playing the very disturbed Gloria Hodge on Desperate Housewives during the 2006-2007 season.