Birth Date: July 30, 1956 / Age: 59
Birth Place: Orlando, Florida
Biography: Delta Ramona Leah Burke is probably best known for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the sitcom Designing Women. As well as her ongoing weight battle.
She represented Florida and was paired with Georgia, Gail Nelson, in the Miss America Pageant in 1974, and won a talent scholarship allowing her to attend a two-year study program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is a designer and manager of the clothing company Delta Burke Design in New York City. Delta is married to actor Gerald McRaney, of Major Dad.
Ever since the early 1990s, Delta's weight has been a subject of discussion in the tabloid press. In reality, her struggles with weight and eating disorders stretch back to her pageant days in the early 1970s. She was fired from Designing Women when relations between Burke and her co-stars, especially Dixie Carter, deteriorated. Speculation in the press immediately labeled the reason for her firing to be massive weight gain, which was only one of the reasons.
Delta went on to star in her own television show, Delta, and Women of the House (reprising her Suzanne Sugarbaker role), which were both flops. She became a much-parodied figure in the press due to her seesawing weight.