Who is Delta Burke?
Delta Ramona Leah Burke was born on July 30, 1956 in Orlando, Florida, USA. She is an actress, author and producer, perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed appearance on the TV sitcom “Designing Women”, in which she portrayed Suzanne Sugarbaker. She has also worked on other notable television shows, including ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Filthy Rich’.
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The Net Worth of Delta Burke
As of early 2020, Delta Burke’s net worth is estimated at over $3 million, earned through a successful acting career since 1974. She has also written a book and has also played several behind-the-scenes roles in television production.
Happy Birthday to Delta Burke. The ‘Designing Women’ star and former Miss America contestant is 60 years old. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Early life and education
Delta grew up in Orlando, raised primarily by her mother because her father was not present in her life. However, the two weren’t left alone for long when her mother remarried to real estate agent Frederick Burke, who adopted her. She then grew up with two younger siblings from her mother’s remarriage. At a young age, she showed a strong passion for achievement and a lot of self-confidence, leading many to believe that she would have a successful life.
She attended Colonial High School and during her time there she won the State Miss Flame Award, after winning the local Miss Flame crown in Orlando.
The election is organized by the various fire departments of the state, in order to get more attention for them and to raise money. During her senior year in high school, she continued to boast and won the title of Miss Florida, making her the youngest to ever win the contest.
Follow-up studies and start acting
Thanks to Burke becoming Miss Florida, she was offered a scholarship by the Miss America Organization, and this prompted her to continue pursuing her dream as an actress. She enrolled in a two-year program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, the oldest performing arts school in the UK.
She then returned to the US and made her first appearance in the miniseries “The Chisholms” broadcast on CBS. Starring Robert Preston, the show followed the lives of the titular family as they encounter various issues, including with Native Americans.
She then became a cast member of the show”filthy rich”, which she was part of for a year, portraying Kathleen Beck, a young widow. The show aired on CBS and starred Charlie Frank and Dixie Carter, and was known as a satire of popular soap operas of the era, including “Dynasty” and “Dallas.” She went on to appear on the HBO program “1st & Ten,” which was one of HBO’s first attempts to lure viewers away from what was then considered the top three in U.S. television networks, CBS, NBC, and ABC.
The show follows the story of a fictional American Football team, and she portrayed a team owner on the show.
Delta’s next role would be her most notable as she was cast in “Designing Women.” The show follows the story of a man and four women who are part of an interior design firm in Atlanta, Georgia, set in the 1980s, and starring Dixie Carter, Jean Smart, and Annie Potts. The show follows the lives of these employees and the problems in their professional and personal lives. During its early run, it had good ratings and was among the top 20 shows in the US.
However, things went downhill after the show started changing its cast members, with Burke and Carter leave. The show was canceled after seven seasons due to declining interest.
During the height of her career on the show, she was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award. Before leaving the show, she had made it public about her dissatisfaction with the show because of the long work hours that left them tired and stressed. This eventually led to a fraction between her and Carter, causing them to be released from their contracts.
Life after designing women
After her work in “Designing Women”, Delta started a show named after her that was short-lived.
She then reprized her character in “Women of the House” after reconciling with several people from the show, but this second attempt was also short-lived – she also eventually reconciled with Carter after five years. In the 1990s, her career suffered a significant downturn and the media pointed to her increasing weight. She struggled with depression and an eating disorder that had been present during her election days. Despite the troubles around her weightshe made it work to her advantage and delivered some of her best performances coming from programs that focused on her weight.
In 2000, she had a supporting role in the movie “What Women Want”, before being cast in “DAG”, in which she returned to a healthy weight after a diabetes diagnosis. In 2003 she moved into stage productions, working on “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and then on the original production of “Steel Magnolias”, in which she played the character Truvy. Some of her latest projects include a recurring role on ‘Boston Legal’ in which she plays an old flame of William Shatner’s character. She has also worked on several Hallmark films and was cast in the pilot for “Counter Culture,” but production was shelved due to injury and the show was never picked up.
In 1989, Delta married actor Gerald McRaney and since then the couple has lived in Los Angeles, but they also have homes in New Orleans and Telluride. Her husband is known for his work on shows like “Jericho”, “House of Cards”, “Castle”, “Longmire” and “Promised Land”. The couple has no children. She is a well-known advocate for gay rights and has openly supported gay members of the entertainment industry, partnering with them or promoting their work. She has admitted to having compulsive hamster syndrome, which she had to take therapy to overcome. During the height of her hoarding obsessionshe owned 27 storage units.