'Designing Women' star Dixie Carter dies at age 70

dixie-carter-hal-holbrook-zap2it.jpg Dixie Carter, best known for her long time role -- southern belle Julia Sugarbaker -- on TV's "Designing Women" has passed away at the age of 70.

"This has been a terrible blow to our family," her husband Hal Holbrook tells Entertainment Tonight. "We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy. Thank you."