Delta Burke

Actor, Producer, Clothing designer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1956 in Orlando, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Boston Legal 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Movie Superstars: Women You Love 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Boy! 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Barbara Ann (Actor)

The Designing Women Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Law 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hansel and Gretel 2002 (Movie)

Stepmother (Actor)

The President's Own 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dag 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1991, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Holidays With the Stars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular 1986 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sordid Lives 2001 (Movie)

Noleta Nethercott (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1986 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women of the House 1986 - 1991, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1986 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Promised Land 1986 - 1991, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

Any Day Now 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Delta Burke 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Vicki Lawrence Show 1995 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America: Their Untold Stories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC Prime Time Preview Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

To Be Free: The National Literacy Honors 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Total Exposure -- Privacy and the Press 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bob Hope's Yellow Ribbon Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Brides: A Tale of Two Weddings 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1986 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1990 Miss America Pageant 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/14/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & Ten: Going For Broke 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Circus of the Stars 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 9th Annual ACE Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

1st & Ten: The Championships 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Training Camp: The Bulls Are Back 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & 10 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

1st & 10 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Blue 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Home Front 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chisholms 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Charleston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bunny's Tale (TV Show)

Actor

A Last Cry For Help (TV Show)

Actor

A Promise to Carolyn (TV Show)

Actor

Bridal Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Child (TV Show)

Actor

Dayo (TV Show)

Actor

Delta (TV Show)

Actor

Filthy Rich (TV Show)

Actor

Going For Broke (TV Show)

Actor

Maternal Instincts (TV Show)

Actor

Melanie Darrow (TV Show)

Actor

Rooster (TV Show)

Actor

The Chisholms (TV Show)

Actor

The Mighty Jungle (TV Show)

Voice

The Seekers (TV Show)

Actor

Zuma Beach (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Maternal Instincts (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

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- ).

Relationships

Jean Burke

Mother

Frederick Burke

Adoptive parent

Gerald McRaney Actor

Husband
met during a guest appearance on Burke's sitcom "Designing Women" (CBS) married May 28, 1989 renewed vows June 23, 1991 after completing work on a TV-movie together, "Love and Curses" Born in 1948

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Milestones

2006

Had a recurring role on ABC's "Boston Legal" as a former flame of William Shatner's character

2005

Appeared on Broadway in the play "Steel Magnolias"

2001

Headlined the Lifetime movie "Dangerous Child"

2000

Returned to regular series work co-starring with David Alan Grier in the NBC sitcom "DAG"

1999

Played recurring role as a teen's mother on "Popular" (WB)

1998

Published the non-fiction <i>Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither am I</i>

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

1992

Starred (also co-executive produced) in the short-lived ABC series, "Delta" as an aspiring country singer

1992

Formed own production company, Perseverance Inc.

1991

Debut as executive producer with the TV-movie "Love and Curses"

1990

Served as a judge for the Miss America Pageant

1988

Acted with husband, Gerald McRaney in the CBS TV-movie, "Where the Hell's That Gold?!!?"

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 contenti

1984

Cast as Diane Barrow, divorcee owner of a ramshackle football team, in HBO's comedy program, "First and Ten"

1982

Cast as Kathleen Beck in the CBS sitcom, "Filthy Rich"; also featured Dixie Carter in the cast

1980

Had featured role of Bonnie Sue Chisholm in the short-lived CBS series, "The Chisholms"

1979

Essayed first leading role in a TV-movie, NBC's "Charleston" as determined Southern belle Stella Farrell

1978

TV-movie debut, the NBC teen comedy, "Zuma Beach"

Began competing in beauty pageants at age 16; appeared in Miss America contest as Miss Florida

Bonus Trivia

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She is a successful designer and manager of the clothing company Delta Burke Design in New York City.

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In early 2008, Burke checked into a psychiatric hospital, seeking treatment for symptoms of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and "hoarding"

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She has been diagnosed as a diabetic.

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