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Published:April 13th, 2010 08:50 EST
Dixie Carter Gone With the Wind

Dixie Carter Gone With the Wind

By Garrett Godwin


The world lost another television favorite with actress Dixie Carter, who passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70. The Southern-born actress is best known for her role as the fiery and passionate Julia Sugarbaker on CBS` Designing Women from 1986-93, in which her husband Hal Holbrook had a recurring role as her love interest Reese Watson. The couple guest-starred in a 2005 episode of ABC`s Hope & Faith, and appeared most recently in the independent film That Evening Sun, which won the Special Jury Award at last year`s South By Southwest Film Competition (SXSW).

Carter`s television resume includes a regular role on Diff`rent Strokes as Maggie McKinney from 1984-85; the CBS legal drama Family Law from 1999-2002; guest spots that includes The Greatest American Hero and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and a recurring role on ABC`s Desperate Housewives that earned her a Emmy nomination in 2007.

There has been no word on what caused Carter`s death.

She is survived by husband Hal and daughters Mary Dixie and Ginna.

Watch Dixie Carter`s guest-starring role on The Greatest American Hero entitled "Lilacs, Mr. Maxwell" written and directed by the late Robert Culp online at Hulu.