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

Celebrity News Apr. 12, 2010 AT 6:30PM
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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 UsMagaazine.com.

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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.

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