06:52 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 04/13/2010 09:25AM
"Dixie was such an amazing person. She was gorgeous, hilarious, incredibly talented and so devoted to her family. There was no one else like her and I was completely crazy about her. She exuded joy. Richard and I will really miss her and our hearts go out to her beautiful family."
Jean Smart on how she and husband Richard Gilliland, who she married after meeting on the set of Designing Women, will miss their dear friend and costar.
– Lisa Ingrassia
Originally posted 04/12/2010 09:30AM
Annie Potts remembers her Designing Women costar Dixie Carter, who died Saturday morning at age 70, the same way that fans do, as "beautiful and brainy, smart and funny, prim and sexy, wickedly talented and divinely sweet."
"Dixie Carter was a Goddess," Potts said Monday in a statement to PEOPLE about her friend, who battled endometrial cancer. "The kind of wife and mother that every mother hopes their daughter will become and the kind of friend that is absolutely irreplaceable. She loved fiercely and was adored in return."
The two women played on the '80s sitcom together for nearly seven years. "To have known her a little was a delight to all. To have known her well, a treasure beyond reckoning. And now, a loss beyond measure," says Potts.
Originally posted 04/11/2010 09:45AM
Television and Broadway actress Dixie Carter passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70.
"This has been a terrible blow to our family," her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, said in a statement. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."
Carter died from complications arising from endometrial cancer, publicist Steve Rohr tells PEOPLE.
Best known for her role as interior designer Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women, the Tennessee native earned an Emmy nomination in 2007 for her guest appearance on Desperate Housewives.
Her Broadway credits include a stint in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2004.
Carter and Holbrook, who married in 1984, appeared together last year in That Evening Sun, an independent film based on a short story by author William Gay.
In addition to her husband, Carter is survived by two daughters from a previous marriage.
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