Delta Burke may always be remembered
as the feisty Southern belle, Suzanne Sugarbaker,
in "Designing Women," for which she received two
Emmy nominations for best actress in a comedy
But Burke has also been giving the fashion industry a reality
check with her Delta Burke Design clothing line
that allows plus-sized women to look radiant in
Burke's road to Hollywood began on
the beauty pageant circuit, first winning the
title of Miss VFW Post 8207 at age 16.
In 1974 she was crowned Miss Florida,
which allowed Burke to represent the state in
the Miss America pageant and win a talent scholarship.
Burke eventually found success not
only on "Designing Women," but also
on Broadway in "Steel Magnolias," and has appeared
on "Boston Legal."
She met her husband, actor Gerald
McRaney, on the set of "Designing Women."
They've renewed their vows twice during their
You have one of the most successful Hollywood
marriages around. And I know you also planned
your own renewal vows -- are you a romantic at
Delta Burke: Yeah, we've done this twice -- renewals. The first time
was when we were filming and producing a movie in New Orleans and Mac was directing it, and I began planning our
I had a new wedding gown, new bridesmaids,
new colors ... just give me a theme and I go with
it. I love to do this. I rode up in a carriage
with my hoop skirt and he came riding a white
horse and took my hand to get me out of the carriage.
We spoke offhand and renewed our vows. There was
a jazz band under the oaks with wonderful food
afterward. We enjoyed it more than the first real
wedding because it was mainly family and friends.