Delta Burke’s Husband Fell Instantly in Love but His Friends Were against Their Marriage

The “Designing Women” star Delta Burke and her husband Gerald McRaney are the perfect examples of a match made in heaven. Despite his friends’ advice against marrying an actress, he didn’t back down.

Delta Burke and her husband, “This Is Us” star Gerald McRaney’s love story is one straight out of a storybook. A romance that can only be perfectly alluded to as one-of-a-kind.

The couple who’ve been together for over three decades met on the set of “Simon & Simon” when Burke made a guest appearance. Burke had been commencing her second season of “Designing Women.”

From the first moment McRaney laid his eyes on the then-thirty-one-year-old Burke, he was smitten. And during a publicist luncheon that followed, McRaney could not take his eyes off of her. 

Throughout the rest of the event, McRaney kept stealing glances at Burke, unaware that he was not as subtle as he thought he was about it.

At the time of their meeting, none of them was actively looking for love, but the moment they met, all that changed, and soon after the luncheon, McRaney sent Burke her favorite flowers – a dozen white roses. 

That same year, he landed a spot in her TV Show, and in the first two episodes, McRaney played Burke’s on-screen ex-husband, where they shared a kiss that McRaney says went on for longer than was intended. 

Burke says everyone thought they were crazy and did not believe or trust them. But all the advice in the world did not matter to them, as they knew right away that they were made for each other. McRaney disclosed at the time:

“I wasn’t going to let her get away. I already had competition. There were people asking her out on dates, and I was going to move in right away.” 

A war was waging inside him. Logically, it seemed too soon to propose, but he had a feeling that Burke was the most beautiful creature God ever placed on earth, and he still thinks that to this day. 

They exchanged their vows in 1989, in a beautiful ceremony set in the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, with 400 guests in attendance and ten bridesmaids gliding down an aisle that was adorned with white and pink gardenias.

The beautiful bride wore a bustled silk gown, a mass of raven hair on her head, and her bridegroom so carried away with her beauty he could not wait to cup her face in his arms and kiss her. 

Their vows were simple, and yet, their wedding was a glitzy, extravagant, and massive affair. But more than just their big day, what mattered most to them was that they had finally found each other.

The wedding that will forever be embedded in the attendee’s memories was followed by a honeymoon in Italy, Austria, West Germany, and France, after which the couple retreated to a quiet life in their Pasadena home.

The couple, though planning to have children of their own, never came around to being parents. McRaney is, however, a father of three from his previous marriage. 


The couple has weathered many storms in their marriage journey, but they continue to support each other through thick and thin. McRaney has stood by his wife, even after Burke began suffering from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Throughout her career, Burke has been candid about her struggle with her weight, which hit an all-time high when she was filming the final season of “Designing Women.”

Caused by type 2 diabetes, which she has struggled with for a long time, Burke says her most significant support has been her husband who’s love for her, has never wavered, despite the struggles she’s been through. She says

“He’s been great. It didn’t matter to him how fat I got. He likes to give me my (insulin) shots and says it makes him feel like he’s taking care of me.” 

Today. Burke keeps a low profile and is enjoying her blissful marital life. She continues to take on a few roles, such as her part as Ellie Holder in the “If I Had Wings” episode of the 2019 “Dolly Parton‘s Heartstrings” alongside her husband, who played “Tom.”

McRaney, currently in his 70s, continues to make an impact in the film industry with his roles as Eugene Montreaux in “Filthy Rich” and the voice of Dick Harris in “Duncanville.”

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