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Also Known As: Delta Ramona Leah Burke Died:
Born: July 30, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Orlando, Florida, USA Profession: actor, producer, clothing designer

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A pert, sassy American TV leading lady and comedienne, Delta Burke, a former Miss America contestant, has kept very busy on primetime during the 1980s and 90s, most memorably as flirtatious but sometimes bitchy Southern belles. Burke's wide-eyed, rapid-fire line delivery and scene-stealing comic timing enlivened just such a role in "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-91), a successful sitcom about four high-profile but highly diverse interior decorators. Unfortunately, Burke has also made tabloid news with her weight problems, her temperament-induced spats with producers, and her marriage to TV actor Gerald McRaney ("Simon and Simon", "Major Dad"). Her subsequent attempts to find a comedy vehicle have been unsuccessful. "Delta" (ABC, 1992-93), which featured her as a bleached blonde who moved to Nashville to pursue the dream of becoming a country singing star, did not appeal to a wide audience, nor did her reprise of her most famous character, Suzanne Sugarbaker in "Women of the House" (CBS, 1995). Burke returned to sitcoms playing the First Lady in "DAG" (CBS, 2000- ).

A pert, sassy American TV leading lady and comedienne, Delta Burke, a former Miss America contestant, has kept very busy on primetime during the 1980s and 90s, most memorably as flirtatious but sometimes bitchy Southern belles. Burke's wide-eyed, rapid-fire line delivery and scene-stealing comic timing enlivened just such a role in "Designing Women" (CBS, 1986-91), a successful sitcom about four high-profile but highly diverse interior decorators. Unfortunately, Burke has also made tabloid news with her weight problems, her temperament-induced spats with producers, and her marriage to TV actor Gerald McRaney ("Simon and Simon", "Major Dad"). Her subsequent attempts to find a comedy vehicle have been unsuccessful. "Delta" (ABC, 1992-93), which featured her as a bleached blonde who moved to Nashville to pursue the dream of becoming a country singing star, did not appeal to a wide audience, nor did her reprise of her most famous character, Suzanne Sugarbaker in "Women of the House" (CBS, 1995). Burke returned to sitcoms playing the First Lady in "DAG" (CBS, 2000- ).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bridal Fever (2008)
2.
 Going For Broke (2003) Laura Bancroft
3.
 Good Boy! (2003) Voice Of Barbara Ann
4.
 Hansel and Gretel (2002) Stepmother
5.
 Dangerous Child (2001) Sally Cambridge
6.
 What Women Want (2000) Eve
7.
 Sordid Lives (2000) Noleta Nethercott
8.
 Melanie Darrow (1997) Melanie Darrow
9.
 Promise to Carolyn, A (1996) Debra Harper
10.
 Maternal Instincts (1996) Tracy Patterson
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Began competing in beauty pageants at age 16; appeared in Miss America contest as Miss Florida
1978:
TV-movie debut, the NBC teen comedy, "Zuma Beach"
1979:
Essayed first leading role in a TV-movie, NBC's "Charleston" as determined Southern belle Stella Farrell
1980:
Had featured role of Bonnie Sue Chisholm in the short-lived CBS series, "The Chisholms"
1982:
Cast as Kathleen Beck in the CBS sitcom, "Filthy Rich"; also featured Dixie Carter in the cast
1984:
Cast as Diane Barrow, divorcee owner of a ramshackle football team, in HBO's comedy program, "First and Ten"
1986:
Played the sometimes selfish but usually soft-hearted Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom, "Designing Women"; earned two consecutive Best Actress Emmy nominations in 1990 and 1991; let go from her contract at the end of the 5th season due to her contentious relations with star Dixie Carter and the shows creators
1988:
Acted with husband, Gerald McRaney in the CBS TV-movie, "Where the Hell's That Gold?!!?"
1990:
Served as a judge for the Miss America Pageant
1991:
Debut as executive producer with the TV-movie "Love and Curses"
1992:
Formed own production company, Perseverance Inc.
1992:
Starred (also co-executive produced) in the short-lived ABC series, "Delta" as an aspiring country singer
1995:
Reprised role of Suzanne Sugarbaker in the short-lived CBS comedy "Women of the House"; also served as executive producer with Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
1998:
Published the non-fiction <i>Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither am I</i>
1999:
Played recurring role as a teen's mother on "Popular" (WB)
2000:
Returned to regular series work co-starring with David Alan Grier in the NBC sitcom "DAG"
2001:
Headlined the Lifetime movie "Dangerous Child"
2005:
Appeared on Broadway in the play "Steel Magnolias"
2006:
Had a recurring role on ABC's "Boston Legal" as a former flame of William Shatner's character
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Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -

Notes

Burke has acted in guest spots on such TV series as "The Fall Guy", "The Love Boat", "Fantasy Island", "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer", "Remington Steele", "T.J. Hooker", and "Who's the Boss?".

Burke's May 1989 wedding to actor Gerald McRaney was "said to cost $250,000, approached spectacle proportions, with 400 guests, 20 attendants, Scottish bagpipes welcoming the bride to the groom's clan, and trumpet fanfares whenever the bride entered the room." --quoted in TV Guide, June 22, 1991.

She has been diagnosed as a diabetic.

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husband:
Gerald McRaney. Actor. Born August 19, 1948; married May 28, 1989; renewed vows June 23, 1991 after completing work on a TV-movie together, "Love and Curses".

Family close complete family listing

father:
Frederick Burke. Real estate agent. Adoptive father.
mother:
Jean Burke.

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"Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I!" St. Martin's Press

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