Hal Holbrook's Wife Dixie Carter Dead

Dixie Carter 1939 - 2010 - FILE PHOTOS
Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as the quick-witted Southerner Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women," passed away Saturday morning. She was 70. A native of Tennessee, Carter's CBS sitcom "Designing Women," ran from 1986 to 1993. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven-episode guest stint on the ABC hit "Desperate Housewives." Carter's other credits include roles on the series "Family Law" and "Different Strokes." She is survived by husband of 26 years, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters from a previous marriage. ***************** 01-27-08 Los Angeles, CA Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angles, CA. (Photo Agency)more pics »Hal Holbrook wife, Designing Women star, Dixie Carter died Saturday at 70, according to a statement released by the actor. The cause and location of her death have not been announced, according to CNBC.

Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter in 2008. (Getty)

 "This has been a terrible blow to our family," Holbrook said in a written statement about his wife of 26 years. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."

Holbrook is also an actor, and starred as Abraham Lincoln in the 1976 TV series, and later starred in other TV shows. He starred in Into the Wild in 2007, which earned him a SAG and Oscar nod. He starred alongside Carter in 2008's That Evening Sun, his latest film.

Dixie was known for her Southern charm and wit, and she played them up big time behind the cameras. She played the role of Julia Sugarbaker alongside Delta Burke and Annie Potts on the CBS show that ran from 1986 to 1993. She received an Emmy for her guest starring role on Desperate Housewives in 2007.

See more Dixie Carter pics here:
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
  • Dixie Carter in Eighth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
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