Emotional Confession of Delta Burke about Her Three-Decade Marriage to Gerald McRaney

Ksenia Novikova
Apr 27, 2019
03:48 A.M.
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The film actress Delta Burke accompanied her husband, film star Gerald McRaney, to the Emmy Awards Ceremony in 2017, but it was also a way to relive one of their first dates. 


Burke and McRaney used the opportunity to show their fans how much they still love each other after three decades of marriage. The pair tied the knot in 1989. 

Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke on November 23, 2003 in New York City | Source: Getty Images


He has supported her throughout her life

Burke confessed to Eating Well that McRaney has been an important influence in her life as he has helped her "bounce back" from her struggles with depression and weight.

They met three decades ago when Burke had a guest appearance in McRaney's detective series "Simon & Simon."

Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney on August 21, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


Burke was an up-and-coming actress in the 1980s and was known for her sitcom "Designing Women." They attended the 1987 Emmy Awards ceremony together.

McRaney knew from the start that Burke was the woman for him. He also realized that he had competition, and he wasn't about to lose.

Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke on September 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


His friends advised him not to marry an actress

He recalled that Burke was the object of many actors' affection, and he asked her out on a date as soon as possible. His friends warned him against dating an actress, but McRaney's mind was made up.

The actor told his friends that he had no problem with dating an actress, simply because they understand the industry and would be able to support him. He asked her to marry him on their second date.

Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke on September 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images


"They're the only people who understand this insanity. And she does. If I'm on location, and I don't call her until 2 o'clock in the morning, no big deal. She knows."

Burke has felt the same about McRaney's support. One of the most significant problems in her life has been her battle with gaining and losing weight, as a result of depression and diabetes.


Helping her with her weight

Despite her fluctuating weight, McRaney kept her on the right track. He would remind her to take care of herself, and what she should eat to stay healthy.

Her weight gain never bothered him. McRaney is proud to be in a position to take care of Burke, and often gives her insulin shots.

Delta Burke at the CBS press tour on January 5, 1995 | Source: Getty Images

McRaney's acting career spans five decades, and his Emmy Award for his portrayal of Dr. K on "This Is Us," was his first win. When the announcement was made, Burke couldn't contain her tears.

She told reporters that she had been looking forward to this day for years, and she is glad that Hollywood finally recognized her husband for his talents.