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Delta Burke talks about Depression [Sep. 3rd, 2008|01:39 pm]
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[mood |awakeawake]

In a two-part interview aired on "The Insider" last Thursday and Friday, actress Delta Burke spoke candidly about her depression and her psychiatric hospitalization last month.

Speaking about her hospitalization, Burke said she needed "an adjustment under a physician's care" after the five medications she was taking no longer worked. She is now on two medications.

At times breaking into tears, she said one of her lowest moments came while she was starring in the hit series "Designing Women". "I was parked in the car in the hills with a gun and a bottle of Xanax beside me, trying to recover from harsh words said in the tabloids," she said. "I just wanted the pain to go away."

The actress also confessed that she struggles with hoarding. "At one time I had 27 storage units. I don't have a big enough house," she said. "My mom had it, it's my mother's fault. She saved the diaper I came home from the hospital in."

By coming forward, Burke said she hopes to remove the stigma of mental illness so that people will get the help they need.

(mostly this was an excuse to post this):

I'm really behind on the Delta-ness. For shame!
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The Wedding Bells [Mar. 7th, 2007|10:41 am]
For fans of DELTA BURKE!

[mood |excitedexcited]

watch The Wedding Bells tonight after American Idol on Fox. Delta is a guest star

Amanda gets this from her domineering mother, Stella (guest star Delta Burke), a self-described "acquired taste" who slips Sammy Bell $500 to get the minister to say "Jesus Christ" twice during Amanda's "I do's" to a Jew. 

Read more about that here:http://tvcocktail.ivillage.com/entertainment/2007/03/what_to_watch_tonight_the_wedd.html
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Random [Feb. 10th, 2007|10:29 pm]
For fans of DELTA BURKE!

[mood |boredbored]

A random interview from a few years back...

-First off, you should know that the gays love it when you turn up on Popular.

Well, I should hope so! Cherry Cherry taps into all my specialties: big hair, fun clothes, big makeup, beauty queen--and it doesn't hurt that she was the town's wealthiest woman. The funny thing is, Ryan Murphy, the show's creator, loves to read Cherry Cherry in the run-throughs, and he has her down perfectly. So I just try and copy him as best I can.

-Were you popular in high school?

No. They didn't know what to make of me because I was always doing pageants. I would wear hairpieces to school, and for Christmas I wore my Santa elf costume with thigh-high red boots. I'd cut school to go for beauty queen appearances, and my mother would write funny notes to explain my absence, like `Delta's been kidnapped,' because the teachers all knew that I was cutting a ribbon somewhere.

-In your new series, DAG, you play the first lady. Did you base your character on any real first ladies?

No, I just went with a good, sturdy Republican hairdo, which I can say because I'm a Republican. I didn't get to do my eyeliner like I love so much--with the wings--but you cope.

-You raise some serious hell in your upcoming movie, Sordid Lives, as a gun-toting white-trash housewife. What appealed to you about the project?

It was my kind of writing. I love that kind of humor, and working with [openly gay writer-director] Del Shores was a wonderful experience. I mean, I don't go around with no makeup on, letting my white-trash upper arms show, and in hair curlers for just anybody.

-Would you ever do a Designing Women reunion movie?

Oh, sure. [Creator] Linda [Bloodworth-Thomason] still calls, and she's thinking about the idea, so you never know. I still watch the reruns any chance I get. Those characters still make me laugh out loud.

-What's this we hear about your doing a movie with Mel Gibson?

Yeah, it's a comedy called What Women Want. I'm his dingy ex-showgirl secretary. Because my career's always been television, I felt like I was in my 20s, getting my first part. I showed up on set with a big or grin on my face, and the guy who's making me up, he made me up on [the made-for-TV movie] Charleston, which was my first big job, 22 years ago. That's a good sign, I think.

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Quotations [Feb. 6th, 2007|09:20 pm]
For fans of DELTA BURKE!

[mood |bouncybouncy]
[music |To Love Somebody- Bonnie Tyler]

A collection of fabulous Delta quotes!

"A lot of women say that they want to get to feeling about themselves the way I feel, because when I'm on a roll, I'm hot, I'm really good. I try to tell them, I don't have a fix. "

"All the nice things about Suzanne are me. All the things that aren't nice, that was just the writing. "

"And I have to work so hard at talking positively to myself. If I don't, it's just real hard to get through the day, and I'll get really down, and just want to cry. My whole body language changes. I get more slumped over. "

"Blanche talks about aging, and why should she be considered poor, because physical beauty is transitory and fading and she has such richness of the soul. I think that speech is so beautiful, and so telling and so true."

"Film people are coming into TV, because they can't get any work. "

"I like it when I strut." <----A personal favourite:D

"I love comedy, so you want to make them happy, make them laugh."

"I really want to do something for the teenagers. I'd like to be able to reach them sooner and help them in building their confidence." <---You can help me ANY day, Delta! Heh.

"I still have my days when I wake up and look at myself and think, You're such a dog."

"I think so much depends on how you are feeling mentally and emotionally. I try to keep my head on tight, and try to feel good, and just go out there and not be afraid."

"I wanted it so badly that there was no choice. It's like something in your blood that you have to do."

"I was supposed to go to drama school and then go to New York and do theatre. But I grew up on all those fabulous movies and had read all the bold Hollywood books, and I thought I just had to take a look."

"I'll do humor about myself, I'll poke fun and everything, but that's me and I can do it to me. I think it's cruel to do it to somebody else."

"If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: "I'm cheap!""

"If you're interested or like it, but could be just as happy living in a regular town, having a regular job, maybe doing little theatre, you're better off and you'll be a happier person. This is too gut-wrenching and heartbreaking."

"Then a year would go by and I'd realize I love the acting too much and it is my identity and I don't know how to be anything but an actress. It's who and what I am, so I always come back."

"Yes, I really do love tiaras."

And possibly my favourite....
"You're supposed to remember, and still forgive."

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Reminder [Jan. 30th, 2007|08:31 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Dumping Bella 
When Denny Crane's latest love, Bella (Delta Burke), is attacked by animal rights activists, an irate Denny prepares to square off against the protestors and their vindictive lawyer -- Dennys ex, Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden). Meanwhile, Brad suspects hes not the only person in the office enjoying a friends-with-benefits relationship with Denise; Clarence expresses romantic interest in Claire; and Paul Lewiston plans an office costume party to boost company morale, on Boston Legal, TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

That's tonight! So don't forget!:)

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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2007|11:48 pm]
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[mood |worriedworried]

Mario Lopez, a star of “Dancing with the Stars,” is scheduled to host Monday's pageant. Judges include actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews and singer Michael Feinstein.

Actress Delta Burke bowed out of her judging duties Thursday due to illness, pageant officials said. 

Does this worry anyone else?

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Boston Legal news [Jan. 24th, 2007|10:17 pm]
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[mood |blahblah]

'LEGAL' ACTION: Delta Burke, a judge on Monday's (1/29) Miss America Pageant on CMT, reports that her recurring "Boston Legal" character, cosmetics queen Bella Horowitz, gets into a major tiff with Candice Bergen on a forthcoming episode.

"I get into her face big time," she says. "It might be my last episode, but it's hard to tell with 'Boston Legal,' because they leave the door open."

Burke barely knew Bergen before starting the show, but the two actresses had a memorable moment back in 1990, when the former "Designing Women" star lost out on an Emmy to Bergen, who won for "Murphy Brown."

"I was ticked off, and she knew I was ticked off, and she said, 'I hope I don't meet up with Delta Burke in the parking lot.' Later we did a gag photo for People where I was choking her."

About this episode:
12/08 - Episode 3.13 - Dumping Bella [Airing January 30]: Shirley and Vanessa meet with Ania, an 18-year-old young girl who was bought by the Boitelle family in Haiti when she was 7-years-old and brought with them when they moved to America. She is on trial for stabbing them (killing the husband and wounding the wife) and Ania says they were going to sell her baby to someone else. Shirley and Vanessa try to prove that Ania felt she could not leave the Boitelles, even though she was not literally chained or caged to keep her inside. Denny and Bethany square off on a case involving a man who attacked her mother, with Bethany and Bella on opposite sides of the courtroom. Alan continues to flirt suggestively with Denise. 

Sounds like it'll be fantastic!

Ooh, and to Americans...You lucky SOB's can watch the Miss America Pageant which Delta is co-judging...There is also a special which is going to air before the actual pageant where the contestants get to have a Question and Answer thing with the judges. 
If you watch I'm gonna want a full report!;)

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More Delta news [Jan. 18th, 2007|02:06 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]

Fyvush Finkel, Delta Burke, and Sherri Shephard have signed on to be guest stars on the David E. Kelley romantic dramedy, The Wedding Bells on Fox.

Chris Williams has also has joined the cast as a regular; he'll star opposite KaDee Strickland, Teri Polo and Sarah Jones, the Bell sisters. The Hollywood Reporter adds they run a family-owned wedding-planning business dubbed the Wedding Palace. Williams will play the Wedding Palace's wedding singer who has dreams of musical stardom.

As far as the guest stars:

Finkel will play an elderly member of the Wedding Palace board seeking to produce weddings on the cheap in order to improve the bottom line.

Burke is the bossy, opinionated mother of the bride who bullies the Bell sisters into giving her exactly what she wants.

Sherri Shephard will appear in three episodes as the abrasive, no-nonsense assistant who keeps the brides in line with an iron tongue.

Costas Mandylor will do three episodes as the Greek head chef at the Wedding Palace who is full of life and gusto.

Matthew Settle will appear in at least two episodes as a guy hired by the board to oversee the Wedding Palace's financials.

This is exciting! More Delta!
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'Sissies' headed to bigscreen [Jan. 17th, 2007|10:52 am]
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[mood |excitedexcited]

Shores to produce, direct film adaptation

Del Shores Prods. is partnering with Funny Boy Films to develop a feature from the stage production of "Southern Baptist Sissies" with Leslie Jordan and Delta Burke toplining.

Shores will produce with Kirkland Tibbels of Funny Boy and Jason Dottley of Del Shores Prods. with filming expected to begin in the spring. Shores will direct.

"Sissies" portrays four boys' experiences growing up gay in the Baptist Church. Other cast members from the play are attached, including Beth Grant, Rosemary Alexander, Scott Presley, Rich Delia and Newell Alexander.

Tibbels and Shores worked together on developing the upcoming half-hour television series based on Shores' play turned movie "Sordid Lives" for MTV's Logo channel.

The play premiered at Los Angeles' Zephyr Theatre in 2000 followed by a 10-month sold-out run. It won the GLAAD Award for outstanding production of the year.

"Sissies" is Shores' third theater production to be made into a feature following "Daddy's Dyin' .... Who's Got the Will?" He also penned three other plays - "Cheatin,'" "Daughters of the Lone Star State" and "The Trials andTribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife."

Funny Boy, founded in 2002 to develop, produce, and finance gay and lesbian entertainment , has produced "Latter Days" and "Adam & Steve."

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December 8th/06 on CNN? [Jan. 13th, 2007|11:33 pm]
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[mood |thankfulthankful]
[music |Perfect Isn't Easy- Bette Midler]

Apparently there was a little interview with Delta in December? I am kicking myself for not knowing this was happening!!!

---from transcript----


DELTA BURKE, DESIGNING WOMEN: I mean, they`ll forgive if you maybe murdered somebody and you didn`t mean to, but don`t you be a little plump.


ANDERSON: Former Designing Women star Delta Burke really knows what it feels like to have people talk about your weight over and over. Her emotional story of how she get got through it. I go one on one with Delta in the interview you`ll see only on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT. 



BURKE: I bought into it and began the starving and not eating for seven days and the drugs and everything, trying to stay thin.


ANDERSON: Former Designing Women star Delta Burke really knows what it feels like to have people talk about your weight, over and over, all day long. She tells me her emotional story of how she got through it in the interview you`ll see only right here on SHOWBIZ TONIGHT

ANDERSON: Time now for the "SHOWBIZ Weight Watch," where we cover issues of Hollywood and body image like nobody else.

Tonight, Delta Burke gets candid about standing up to the pressure to be thin, how she has faced it and how she has overcome it. Delta stars in the new TV movie for the holidays called "The Year Without a Santa Claus." We also know her from "Designing Women," of course. And as a writer, her first book was called "Delta Style: Eve Wasn`t a Size 6, and Neither Am I."

When we sat down to talk, I asked her about unrealistic pressures put on women, especially when they`re on TV.


BURKE: And I dealt with that so much, that you had to be so thin. But it`s a lot worse now, even more pressure to be a Size 0, and -- which is ridiculous, a Size 0. What is that about?

And you look at any magazine, and -- and the fashions, they`re for -- you know, 90 percent of the women are not built like that. And the real women of America are not being heard; they`re not being accommodated in everything.

And when I would do a -- the book was sharing my story and -- and the depression, the frustration of dealing with that. And you feel dismissed in society, and -- I mean, they`ll forgive if you maybe murdered somebody and you didn`t mean to. But don`t you be a little plump, because that is just not forgiven here.

ANDERSON: Something really wrong with that...


ANDERSON: Yes, you had a really difficult time. You were under such scrutiny...


ANDERSON: ...your weight was. You know, when "Designing Women" was in its heyday, and this was happening to you, looking back now, do you ever wish you had said, To heck with all of you; you cannot do this to me.

BURKE: Yes, but I wish I`d been able to do that in my 20s, you know? I was beautiful and I was thin enough, and I was womanly. And I bought into what they said I should look like, which was not my body shape, and was more the body shape of the look of the 50s, you know? But I bought into it, and began the starving and not eating for seven days, and, you know, the drugs and everything, trying to stay thin.

And -- and -- you know, so when it was all going on on "Designing Women," I didn`t have the self-confidence at all to say that. I never did. I -- since then, I`m a lot better than I was, you know? But then that`s getting older, and it`s like, I just don`t care anymore.

But at the time, it was just devastating. And -- and why does it matter so much what I look like instead of what my soul was like?


BURKE: You know?


BURKE: Am I a good person?


BURKE: Am I doing good things?


ANDERSON: She has really bounced back from a very trying time, and has since become an inspiration and a role model to so many people.

You can see Delta Burke in "The Year Without a Santa Claus" Monday on NBC.

Aww, I wish I could have seen that! Delta is an AMAZING, amazing woman. As all of you already know:)

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