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Dixie Carter

Remembering Dixie Carter on 'Designing Women'

by David Hofstede, posted Apr 12th 2010 5:00PM
Not every situation comedy can get away with tackling serious issues, but 'Designing Women' was the exception. The series boldly confronted racism, homophobia and other hot-button topics while never forgetting that its first responsibility was to be funny.

Most of its overt political and social statements were written by series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, and delivered by Dixie Carter as regal, feisty Julia Sugarbaker. For many fans, the most memorable and quotable moments from 'Designing Women' were those featuring Carter and her famous southern belle smackdowns, which earned the character the nickname 'the Terminator.'

To honor Carter, who passed away April 10 after a battle with cancer, we present three of her best 'Designing Women' moments.

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'Designing Women,' 'Desperate Housewives' Star Dixie Carter Dead at 70

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 11th 2010 7:52AM
Dixie CarterJust last night I was watching a TV commercial featuring Dixie Carter, talking to the camera about a terrible disease whose name escapes me at the moment. And tonight comes the news that Carter has passed away at the age of 70. No further details have been released yet.

Carter is probably best known for her role as feisty, outspoken (well, all of the women were pretty feisty and outspoken on that show, weren't they?) Julia Sugarbaker on 'Designing Women,' which ran on CBS for eight years. But younger TV watchers might know her from her role on 'Desperate Housewives' as Gloria, the loopy mom of Orson (she was nominated for an Emmy for the role). But she actually starred in several other TV shows over the years, including 'Family Law,' 'Ladies Man,' 'Filthy Rich,' 'Out of the Blue,' and 'On Our Own,' not to mention numerous guest roles on many other shows. Her first TV role was in the soap 'The Doctors.'

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'Designing Women' Star Dixie Carter Dies

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 11th 2010 12:51AM
Dixie CarterTV star Dixie Carter died Saturday morning at age 70, the AP is reporting.

Carter's death was confirmed Saturday by publicist Steve Rohn, who represents Carter and her husband, Oscar-nominated actor Hal Holbrook. Further details, including the cause of death, were not disclosed.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family. We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy," Holbrook said in a written statement.

Carter's career spanned multiple decades on television and on the stage. TV fans may remember her best for her portrayal of Julia Sugarbaker on the CBS sitcom 'Designing Women,' on which she appeared in over 160 episodes from 1986-1993. The role came just one year following a two-season gig on NBC's 'Diff'rent Strokes,' as aerobics instructor Maggie McKinney

For more on the career of Dixie Carter, visit PopEater.

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Designing Women's Broadway babies

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 1st 2006 5:48PM
Designing WomenSteel Magnolias started out as a stage play, so why not give the Sugarbaker sisters a place on the Great White Way?

At a recent Designing Women cast reunion at the Museum of Television and Radio, show creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason revealed that she had secured backing for a Broadway production of the show that would pick up with the gals today - still working at the design firm and still cracking wise on what's wrong with the world today.

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