After a promising start onstage, Carter took an eight-year hiatus to raise two daughters and returned to acting at age 35, when she began working in television, appearing on such shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Filthy Rich." It was on the latter that she worked with the team that would create her hit series "Designing Women," which ran from 1986 to 1993.
Carter's later TV credits include "Family Law" and an Emmy-nominated guest turn on "Desperate Housewives." She was wed to actor Hal Holbrook from 1984 until her death on April 10, 2010.
This Southern-fried, ladies-first sitcom was a lasting hit after its 1986 debut, fueled by the catty wit of Dixie Carter and Delta Burke as the Sugarbaker sisters, and Annie Potts and Jean Smart as their staff at the Sugarbaker interior design firm. Despite the crackling sarcasm, the women also loyally support one another as they struggle through the classic challenges of life, from family to romance to breast augmentation and bankruptcy.