Designing Women star Dixie Carter, 70, died Saturday morning in Houston of complications of endometrial cancer.

Carter got her start in 1960 in a Memphis stage production of Carousel and went on star on Broadway in The Winter’s Tale, Pal Joey and recently Master Class. But it was her role on Designing Women from 1986-1993, which made her famous and won the hearst of millions.

"Dixie Carter was a Goddess," co-star Annie Potts writes in Entertainment Weekly. "Beautiful and brainy, smart and funny, prim and sexy, wickedly talented and divinely sweet. The kind of wife and mother that every mother hopes their daughter will become and the kind of friend that is absolutely irreplaceable. She loved fiercely and was adored in return. To have known her a little was a delight to all. To have known her well, a treasure beyond reckoning. And now, a loss beyond measure."

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