"Dixie was such an amazing person," Smart said in a statement. "She was gorgeous, hilarious, incredibly talented and so devoted to her family. There was no one else like her and I was completely crazy about her. She exuded joy. Richard and I will really miss her and our hearts go out to her beautiful family."
Richard Gilliland and Jean Smart have been married since meeting on the set of "Designing Women," where Richard had a recurring role as J.D. Shackleford.
Another "Designing" woman, Annie Potts, is also mourning the loss of her dear friend. In a statement, Potts says: "Dixie Carter was a Goddess. 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."