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Delta Burke Biography

Birth Name:
Delta Ramona Leah Burke
Birth Place:
Orlando, Florida, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Was voted Most Likely to Succeed in high school
  • Was awarded 18 pageant titles by the time she was 17; was crowned Miss Florida in 1974; competed in the Miss America pageant that same year
  • Met husband, actor Gerald McRaney, on the set of her series Designing Women; he guest starred as one of her numerous ex-husbands
  • Created Delta Burke Design, a fashion line for plus-size women
  • Penned an autobiography, Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I, in 1998
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2004 as villainess Miss Mears in the musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • In 2008, opened up to the press about her longtime battle with depression


  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated


  • Jonathan Burke -- Brother
  • Frederick Burke -- Father
  • Jean Burke -- Mother
  • Jennifer Burke -- Sister
  • Jessica McRaney -- Stepdaughter
  • Kate McRaney -- Stepdaughter
  • Angus McRaney -- Stepson