Dixie Carter's legacy remembered

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Dixie Virginia Carter was best known for her role as interior designer on the hit TV sitcom Designing Women.

The Southern Belle and Emmy-nominated television actress, Broadway singer and writer passed away Saturday morning at the age of 70.

Carter often visited her aunt at Parkview Retirement Living in Memphis.

"She'll be missed," said Mark Brown of Parkview Retirement Living.  "I think it's a great loss."

Brown described Carter as pretty and unpretentious.

"She had the Southern distinctive voice and you could hear her talking in the hall and you knew exactly who it was before you saw her," Brown said.

Carter took classes at Rhodes College and graduated from the University of Memphis with an English degree.  The McElmoresville, Tennessee native recently earned an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on Desperate Housewives.

"She was so down to earth," Brown said.  "She was delightful to be around."

Carter was married to fellow actor Hal Holbrook for 26 years.  They worked on several projects together, including the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee.

"They were a super match," said Brown.  "It just was incredible to see them together."

Holbrook's statement on his website stated, "this has been a terrible blow to our family."

Brown said Carter's legacy will live on.

"Southern charm and talent that she showed everybody," Brown said, "and it's wonderful to have her from this state."

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