“A resilient marriage can overcome any obstacles. In a time where some may not honor their wedding vows earnestly, Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney stand apart, having faithfully upheld their commitments for over three decades.”


“When Gerald McRaney first encountered actress Delta Burke, he was captivated by her and desired to ask her out. Aware of other suitors vying for her attention, he swiftly took the initiative, determined not to miss the opportunity. Recalling the moment, McRaney stated, ‘I wasn’t going to let her get away. There were people asking her out, and I was going to move in right away.’

Their connection was immediate, and on their second date, he proposed to her. Although they didn’t tie the knot until two years later, on May 28, 1989, McRaney was content, having successfully won the heart of the woman of his dreams, even if it took a bit longer than he initially hoped.”

“Delta Burke was embarking on her first marriage, while for Gerald McRaney, it marked his third attempt at matrimony. Despite his previous experiences, McRaney was determined to make this union last.

Even though their love ran deep, skeptics doubted the viability of their marriage. Some of McRaney’s friends cautioned him, but he dismissed those warnings consistently. His response was, ‘Why not? They’re the only people who understand this craziness. And she does. If I’m away for work and don’t call her until 2 in the morning, no big deal. She understands.’

Given their shared background in showbiz, they comprehended each other’s challenges, providing valuable advice and support in times of trouble.”

“They are each other’s staunchest supporters in times of triumph. When Gerald McRaney achieved a significant acting award for his role in ‘This Is Us,’ Delta Burke stood proudly in the crowd, tears welling in her eyes, as she enthusiastically cheered for her beloved husband.

McRaney expressed that, among all the feedback he has received over his years as an actor, the opinion he values the most is from Burke. Her honest assessment of his performances, whether praising or suggesting improvements, holds the utmost significance for him.

In 1998, their marriage encountered a challenging period. Delta Burke faced a series of hardships — the loss of her grandmother, her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, and a hiatus from acting due to issues with the producers of ‘Designing Women.’”

“Fans began to notice the actress’s weight gain during her time on the show, and it was later revealed that she was grappling with hypoglycemia, a condition contributing to her weight gain.

The struggle with her weight became even more challenging as the treatment for hypoglycemia, coupled with experimenting with various diets, eventually led to the development of type 2 diabetes. Obtaining an accurate diagnosis proved to be a difficult journey. Reflecting on this period, Burke recalled, ‘I was on the road a lot. I was tired. My body didn’t feel right. I knew something was wrong, but nobody could tell me what. They said I had Epstein-Barr. I knew it was something else. Then one doctor did the right tests and told me I had diabetes.’”

“During that period, while she was focused on caring for her mother, Delta Burke inadvertently neglected her own health. Despite being on medication, her doctor issued a warning about the necessity to improve her diet, or insulin therapy might become a requirement.

Following a prolonged struggle, her mother eventually recovered, and Burke expressed gratitude to her husband for his unwavering support. He ensured she took her medication and took care of her during this challenging time. In 2004, Gerald McRaney successfully battled lung cancer.

Currently, Burke manages her health with insulin, giving credit to McRaney for his assistance, including administering insulin shots. She fondly stated, ‘He loved me when I got as big as a house… He has loved me through my up times and my down times. He still thinks my body looks great, and I can certifiably tell you it does not!’”

“The couple actively prioritizes their health and well-being together, and Delta Burke is currently in good health.

While Delta Burke doesn’t have immediate plans to return to acting, her husband, Gerald McRaney, believes she may not make a comeback but expressed his desire to collaborate with her again.

Although McRaney isn’t contemplating retirement, they have purchased a home in central Florida with plans to relocate soon. Despite not having children together, they have devoted their lives to raising McRaney’s three kids from his previous marriage.

Their enduring commitment serves as a testament to the essence of keeping promises in marriage. Sending them abundant love and well-wishes.


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