Designing Women's Jean Smart: Dixie Carter "Exuded Joy"

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Jean Smart has nothing but kind words for her Designing Women co-star Dixie Carter, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 70.

"Dixie was such an amazing person," Smart, 58, who starred on the show from 1986 to 1991, tells

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"She was gorgeous, hilarious, incredibly talented and so devoted to her family," continues Smart. "There was no one else like her and I was completely crazy about her. She exuded joy."

Adds Smart, who wed her Designing Women co-star Richard Gilliland, "Richard and I will really miss her and our hearts go out to her beautiful family."

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Carter - who also appeared on Broadway - earned an Emmy nod in 2007 for a guest role on ABC's Desperate Housewives.

She is survived by husband of 26 years, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters from a previous marriage.