“Designing Women” Star Dixie Carter Dead At 70

Smart-mouthed southern actress Dixie Carter gave up the ghost on Saturday in a Houston hospital. According to her publicist, Carter died from complications of endometrial cancer. From the LA Times:

Carter had a long career as a stage actress and cabaret singer. But her signature role was as the opinionated star of “Designing Women,” which focused on four women running an interior design firm in Atlanta. The show ran from 1986 to 1993 with a long life in reruns.

Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart were the original leads. “The show was written just for us,” Carter told the Palm Beach Post in 1999. “We all thought we were the prettiest and the funniest.”

Also of note, LAT‘s piece about Carter’s close calls with showbiz awards.