Delta Ramona Leah Burke born July 30, 1956 is an American television, stage and film actress, comedian, producer and author.
Burke is best known for role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS comedy series Designing Women (1986-1991), for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In subsequent years she returned to television with a string of short-lived sitcoms, such as Delta (1992-1993), Women of the House (1995) and DAG (2000-2001). She has also produced and played roles in made-for-TV movies.
Much of Delta’s time now is spent designing clothing and managing her New York Company, Delta Burke Design, which is becoming very successful. She is married to actor Gerald McRaney. They live in New Orleans when not working or traveling.
Through it all, Delta proved that nothing — not her battle with weight, her ongoing struggle with depression, nor a diagnosis of diabetes — could stop her. “I’ve bounced back from it all,” she says proudly. Today Burke is a svelte 150 pounds. Gone is the lilting Southern belle accent that defined Suzanne Sugarbaker. In its place is the real Delta Burke talking straight from her heart about diabetes.
Happily in control of her health and her life, Delta, 52, just finished leading the nationwide Byetta Let’s Talk campaign. Her goal: To help spread the word that education and communication are the keys that help people manage their diabetes. “The whole point is to encourage people to start talking,” she says. “You have to learn about whatever is going on with you.”
Delta says she’s learned how important it is to find a doctor you can trust — one who will take the time to explain. And she acknowledges that the road to controlling diabetes is frustrating at times. “There are so many things you have to watch,” she says. “It’s a lot of searching and it can be tedious, but you just have to stick with it.”
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