Delta Burke

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Delta Burke
Birth name Delta Ramona Leah Burke
Born July 30, 1956 in Orlando, Florida, USA
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Filthy Rich Kathleen Beck 1982–1983 1
Designing Women Suzanne Sugarbaker 1986–1991 1 2 3 4 5
Delta Delta Bishop 1992–1993 1
Women of the House Suzanne Sugarbaker 1995 1
DAG Judith Whitman 2000–2001 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Diane Stone 1x20 - The Haunting of Orly Manor March 18, 1980
Nero Wolfe Jean Wellmann 1x08 - Murder by the Book March 13, 1981
The Fall Guy Bryna 2x05 - Mighty Myron November 17, 1982
Remington Steele Nancy Stinson Dannon 2x04 - Altared Steele October 11, 1983
T.J. Hooker Diana Polnoi 4x10 - Grand Theft Auto December 29, 1984
Who's the Boss? Diane Wilmington 1x12 - Paint Your Wagon January 15, 1985
Hotel Sherry 4x09 - Restless Nights December 10, 1986
Simon & Simon Christy Keating 7x02 - Desperately Seeking Dacody December 10, 1987
Saturday Night Live Host 16x19 - Delta Burke/Chris Isaak May 11, 1991
Diagnosis Murder Sister Michael 1x19 - Sister Michael Wants You May 13, 1994
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Myrtle Beech, the Wedding Destroyer 4x03 - Swear to God, This Time We're Not Kidding October 6, 1996
Touched by an Angel Julia Fitzgerald 3x11 - Homecoming (1) November 24, 1996
Promised Land Julia Fitzgerald 1x09 - Homecoming (2) November 26, 1996
Touched by an Angel Diana Winslow 7x24 - Shallow Water (1) May 13, 2001
Touched by an Angel Diana Winslow 7x25 - Shallow Water (2) May 20, 2001
Family Law Marcie Dell 3x20 - Ties That Bind April 15, 2002
Boston Legal Bella Horowitz 3x07 - Trick or Treat October 31, 2006
Boston Legal Bella Horowitz 3x08 - Lincoln (1) November 26, 2006
Boston Legal Bella Horowitz 3x09 - On the Ledge (2) November 28, 2006
Boston Legal Bella Horowitz 3x10 - The Nutcrackers December 5, 2006
Boston Legal Bella Horowitz 3x13 - Dumping Bella January 30, 2007

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Love and Curses... And All That Jazz Desiree September 21, 1991

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The New Hollywood Squares October 27-31, 1986
The New Hollywood Squares January 26-30, 1987
The New Hollywood Squares March 16-20, 1987
Super Password May 11-15, 1987

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1990, 1991)
Designing Women


  • Married to Gerald McRaney since 1989
  • Has a younger brother, Jonathan and a younger sister, Jennifer
  • Graduated from Colonial High School in 1974
  • Won the Miss Flame crown from the Orlando Fire Department in 1972 and went on to become State Miss Flame
  • Won the Miss Florida title in 1974 during her senior year of high school
  • Attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Is a diabetic
  • Is the designer and manager of her own clothing company, Delta Burke Design (which is headquartered in New York City)
  • Is a supporter of gay rights
  • She and Gerald McRaney are the owners of an antique store in Collins, Mississippi