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'Designing Women' actress Dixie Carter dies at 70

LOS ANGELES — ‘‘Designing Women'' actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, has died. She was 70.

Publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, says Carter died Saturday morning.

A native of Tennessee, Carter was most famous for playing quick-witted Southerner Julia Sugarbaker for seven years on ‘‘Designing Women,'' the CBS sitcom that 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 had been married to Holbrook since 1984.