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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' 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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