Dixie Carter, best known for playing the steely Julia Sugarbaker on TV's Designing Women, died Saturday morning at age 70. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Hal Holbrook, and two daughters.
"This has been a terrible blow to our family," Holbrook told Entertainment Tonight. "We would appreciate everyone understanding this is a private family tragedy."
Carter recently played seven-episode guest-stint on ABC's Desperate Housewives, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award.