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1997 "Radiance" magazine article [Jan. 12th, 2007|09:21 pm]
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I found this while randomly googl'ing Delta (hehe) and loved it...

This Designing Woman Gives the Fashion Industry a Reality Check
By Gloria Cahill

Delta BurkeAt age forty, Delta Burke is having the time of her life. She is design director of a rapidly growing women's apparel company called Delta Burke Design. She's also working on her first book, entitled Delta Style - Or, Eve Wasn't a Size Six, which will be published next spring. And she has just completed a made-for-TV movie for USA Entertainment called Melanie Darrow, in which she plays a feisty crime-solving attorney. (The movie may be picked up as a series this fall.) Oh yes, and she's madly in love with her husband of eight years, Gerald MacRaney. Not bad for the small-town girl who began her journey to stardom at age sixteen by winning the beauty pageant title Miss VFW Post 8207.

After spending much of her life trying to fit other people's definition of beauty, Burke has reached a new level of self-acceptance. "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."

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Interview with Delta Burke- by Don Grigware [Dec. 13th, 2006|01:52 pm]
For fans of DELTA BURKE!

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[music |TMM]

Mention the name Delta Burke, and just about every fan of TV sitcoms will conjure up Suzanne Sugarbaker, the shallow ex-beauty queen sister of Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) in Designing Women, which ran on CBS from 1986-1993.  Burke left the show in 1991 after five seasons and two Emmy nominations for Best Actress. Despite the appearance of several high-caliber actors in the following two seasons such as Judith Ivey, Designing Women just wasn’t the same show after Burke’s departure. 

She added a warm and loving quality to it that she lends to everything she does. She has since starred in many highly rated MOWs, two short-lived series of her own and became a best selling author with a successful book on style in 1998. In 2003, she was offered the role of Mrs. Meers as replacement to Harriet Sansom Harris on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, following that with an all-star New York engagement in 2005 of Steel Magnolias in which she played beautician Truvy. She is currently making her LA stage debut in Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies at the Zephyr Theatre playing the three Mothers. 

This limited appearance until April 23rd only reunites Burke with buddy Shores who cast her in the film of his hit play Sordid Lives back in 2000.  I sat down at the Zephyr with Delta Burke after her second performance during her opening week of Sissies on April 6. Incidentally, her opening was delayed a week due to a fractured ankle that happened as a result of falling during a rehearsal. She’s wearing a cast, which in no way holds her back. Her energy level is high, she’s moving along just fine and is in overall top form. As a matter of fact, in one scene as Benny’s trashy mother she lifts the injured leg on high as she talks about the perils of being attached to an abusive man - a joke Shores added for her benefit at the last minute. I have loved Delta Burke for as long as I can remember, and she proved to be one the sweetest, kindest stars I have ever met.

Q: Tell me about your Broadway debut two and a half years ago.

DB: Up until the offer to do Thoroughly Modern Millie, people would offer me to go on tour. It would be shows like The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. I’d think, "I don’t think I can sing and carry a show like that". When Millie came along, it was just enough singing and I thought, "I can handle that". Mrs. Meers was such a funny part, and it scared me. So, if it scares you, you should do it. That was my first Broadway experience. When I went into rehearsals for Steel Magnolias a year after I left Millie, I realized that I like these musicals, which I didn’t expect because it’s not what I do. There’s a wonderful energy to it with everybody. It’s a show; we’re putting on a show! It was really nice. I liked that.

Q: How was Steel Magnolias?

DB: That was great too. It was this whole different feeling. It was at the Lyceum Theatre, the oldest one that’s still being used. Its beautiful, but (she pauses) it’s just these few women; it’s not this huge cast of bubbling energetic kids coming in, that do all those dance numbers. I’m used to just doing plays. I was surprised to find that I missed doing the musical.

Q: How long had it been since you had done a play?

DB: During Designing Women I went and did Love Letters a few times, but that was it. Aside from that, I hadn’t done a play since drama school. The plan was… 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 already had my SAG card and I figured they like ‘em young in Hollywood, so I’ll go there first. …I thought I would get to New York sooner.

--there are pictures under the cut as well

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Year Without a Santa Claus' actors worked up a real sweat [Dec. 10th, 2006|11:18 am]
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[music |John Goodman]

John Goodman and Delta Burke star in ``The Year Without a Santa Claus'' Monday on NBC.

Tackling an iconic character like Santa Claus poses risks for any actor. You just wouldn't think heatstroke would be among them.

Yet that's exactly one of the biggest challenges John Goodman faced while starring in ``The Year Without a Santa Claus,'' which premieres Monday, Dec. 11, on NBC.

A live-remake of a Rankin-Bass animated special that first aired in 1974, the NBC movie broadly follows the original story line, which finds Santa (Goodman) disgruntled and depressed over the crass commercialism that has tainted Christmas. When he decides to cancel his yuletide sleigh run, a concerned Mrs. Claus (Delta Burke) dispatches elves Jingle and Jangle (Ethan Suplee of ``My Name Is Earl,'' and Eddie Griffin) to find a child who still believes in the real meaning of the holiday.

The action then shifts to Southtown, a small community in the Deep South where comic complications ensue. Those scenes were filmed last summer in Natchitoches, La., where Goodman and his co-stars had to endure sweltering heat during the exterior shots.

``The fact that it was being filmed in Louisiana was one of the selling points to me,'' says Goodman, who has lived in the state for the past several years, ``although it was also because of the script and the people I was working with.

``At that time of year when we did the outside scenes, though, it was about 105 degrees, so I guess it turned out to be less of a selling point than I thought it was going to be. In that suit, I looked like a tomato with white hair.''

His TV mate, Burke, recalls being very concerned about Goodman's well-being during the shoot.

``I just felt so sorry for him having to be out in that heat with that suit on. That suit was just a killer, just really, really intense,'' she says. ``I was filming all my (North Pole) scenes in Shreveport. They had soundstages there, but even then it was still quite hot for John.''

Ever the trouper, Goodman says he and his co-stars just coped with the heat as best they could.

``Everybody was pretty much in the same boat, although I definitely was in deeper water than they were,'' he says, laughing. ``We just made the best of it. I went home feeling dizzy a couple of times, but it was a lot of fun anyway.

``We ran through the scenes several times in rehearsal without the suit on and then tried to make the most of the time we had with me in the costume. The people in the town there couldn't have been nicer, and they were really good about letting me come into their stores between takes to use the air conditioning to cool off.''

In fact, he says, the townsfolk of Natchitoches made the cast and crew feel very welcome during their stay.

``Natchitoches is famous for a Christmas festival they have every year,'' Goodman says. ``It's a beautiful little town, just perfect, and we got along so well with the locals. They were very much into the whole thing, and everyone understood the inconvenience when we had to block traffic and everything. I don't think there were every any complaints.''

If anything, the oppressive heat may have added an extra edge to Goodman's delightfully cranky performance as Santa, who bears very little resemblance to the iconic ``right jolly old elf'' of folklore.

``I didn't want this Santa to seem too iconic, so I just made him like me, a crabby old guy who is going through a middle-age crisis,'' Goodman says. ``He's just ticked off at everything. When you get to be my age you start feeling bored and tired, and you start going through some changes. I just wanted him to be a crabby old bastard like I am.''

Like Goodman, Burke says she never had seen the old Rankin-Bass original, which gave a far more prominent role to Mrs. Claus, and she was somewhat disappointed that producers wouldn't let her use her natural Southern accent for the role.

``I thought she could be from the South Pole. I think that would have been a nice touch,'' Burke says. ``I would have liked it better if she were a bit more spunky. She was a little spunky, but you know me, I like `big spunky.' They always have to rein me in. But you could tell there was a lot of care and concern between her and Mr. Claus, yet still there was a playful quality. I liked that.''

Nevertheless, trying to get into a Christmassy frame of mind in the middle of a hot and humid summer wasn't very easy, Burke admits.

``It did feel kind of weird,'' she says, ``and also they have gambling there (in Shreveport) now. So we were staying at some casino place, and it was just sort of an unreal world, going from a casino to the North Pole. Very strange.''

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The best day in the world [Dec. 7th, 2006|07:34 pm]
For fans of DELTA BURKE!

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[music |Stevie Nicks]

Do you watch THE VIEW?

Either way, you're going to want to this coming Monday! Delta's gonna be on with her The Year Without A Santa Claus co-star, John Goodman!!! Make sure you set your alarms!

And later that night on NBC don't forget to watch TYWASC.

It's gonna be a great day, Delta fans!:)

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They have designs on TV feuds [Nov. 14th, 2006|08:47 am]
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Delta Burke At 50, the former 'Designing Women' star is still going places [Oct. 21st, 2006|01:53 pm]
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Delta Burke talks backstage at Mississippi Rising, a benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims, on October 1, 2005.
(Marianne Todd/Getty Images)

When she came to fame as the small-screen's answer to Liz Taylor, Delta Burke knew she'd found her dream role. She played Suzanne Sugarbaker, the self-centered, pouty, adorable, glamour girl on "Designing Women" — just the kind of role a former Miss Florida ought to play.

But her seesaw weight made her tasty tabloid fodder; so did her struggles with depression, diabetes and TV producers. Not that her life has been miserable. She and her husband, "Jericho" star Gerald McRaney, maintain homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans; she made her fashion mark with a plus-size clothing line that reinforces the title of her book, "Delta Style: Eve Wasn't a Size 6 and Neither Am I."

But, fundamentally, Burke has always been an actress. Now she's back at her craft in a different venue, the stage. She and "Will and Grace" Emmy-winner Leslie Jordan top the bill in a Del Shores tour, "Southern Baptist Sissies" and "Sordid Lives." Burke is in "Sissies"; Jordan is in both shows.

Burke says that Shores, writer of TV's "Queer as Folk" and of the immensely successful play "Daddy's Dyin' (Who's Got the Will?)," has a distinctive voice: Southern, gay, agile enough to jump from comedy to pathos in a heartbeat. She realized in an instant that his work was made for her.

"I just knew I had to play some role," she said of the double bill, a hit in California before it went on tour. "I am so glad I found Del.

"He's been a great friend and, on top of that, he's so creative. His work just blows me away."

As does much else. In a telephone conversation about the tour and other things, Burke sounded like a woman of strong enthusiasms and shrewd self-assessment.

Q: Is your character in "Southern Baptist Sissies" like Suzanne?

A: No! No no no no no! You have to put a lot of time between you and a beloved character. I mean, I am very grateful for Suzanne, a wonderful part that I performed with a wonderful group of people. But I can't give the audience that, without the writers and the other performers.

Q: Hasn't enough time passed?

A: Not with reruns! It's been 20 years since we started "Designing Women," but people who look full-grown to me still come up to say that they grew up with Suzanne.

Now I'm at the point where I need to start doing the mamma parts that don't look very good — the OLD mamma parts.

Q: You can't possibly be old enough for that.

A: I just turned 50, and I am celebrating in every city we go to. My manager can't stand it, but I was never very good at lying.

I am in the adolescent stage of middle age. I don't look like an old mamma yet, but I don't look young enough for a lead. That is the world I live in.

You can't just go shopping all the time, even if you love shopping the way I do! That won't keep you in the game. Right now, it's enough just to be acting. You have to keep it meaningful. 

Q: And Del Shores' plays are meaningful to you?
A: Not just to me. Del has received letters from people who say, this was their story, that was their mother. People have said, "I didn't commit suicide because of your show." They say, "I

don't want to be Andrew, I want to be Mark." Mark is the character who questions things. People see their lives up there on stage. It's very emotional.

It touches a pain that's so deep. People who have gay friends, like me — and my sister is gay — we might think Del exaggerates. And he's very funny, it's true. But really, you cannot know the pain he's talking about unless you've been there. It's like childbirth or Vietnam.

Q: Still, you must feel at home in Shore's landscape — the small Southern community.

A: I grew up in Orlando, which was not a very big town. But Del's town was smaller, and the church community was smaller. When you're raised Southern Baptist and you love the church, (being gay) really rocks your world.

The church was not a huge part of my life. But it was of Del's. I just went to church on Sunday, but he was very involved in it. For people like him, church was their whole life in many ways, and then everything changed. To me, that seemed not very Christian. It's a pretty extreme world.

Q: Do you have to be gay to enjoy these plays? Southern? Gay and Southern?

A: That's what's so great about Del's shows. You'd think only a certain community would really appreciate them, but that is not the case.

"Sordid Lives" begins to open up a whole other world to people, through comedy. And that also happens through "Sissies," on a more serious note.

You don't expect it. It makes you see people in a different light and not stereotype. I think I am pretty open and together about this, but these plays open your eyes even more.

Q: Does the show draw big, diverse audiences?

A: I've been really surprised. They say there is no theater audience in LA, but people packed this little house. I'm not kidding — people came back like 11 times. And it was a huge hit in Palm Springs, overwhelming. And now we're in these bigger houses.

What's kind of cool is, this feels like a rep company. It's not a grueling road schedule. We have down time. We feel like a little vaudeville troupe.

I am not going to win the Oscar in a movie like I had always planned to. Fine. But I don't have that fierce feeling of needing to accomplish something by a certain age, either.

I want to work with nice people. I want something really interesting to do. Otherwise, it isn't worth the aggravation. I just want a well-written character to play, a real human being. I know my time will come around again.
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More Delta Pics!! [Oct. 6th, 2006|10:49 pm]
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[music |News]

I have some more for you Delta lovelies! I'll try not to repeat, but sometimes I get carried away!


If you love Delta, come this way.Collapse )
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Delta Pics!! [Oct. 5th, 2006|09:27 pm]
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[music |ER is on in the background.]

Just thought I would post a few pictures of Delta that I think are pretty fab!

More Delta behind here!!Collapse )
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(no subject) [Oct. 5th, 2006|10:26 am]
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This Sunday:
"Season Of Shores" Cast Party, mingle with Delta Burke, Leslie Jordan, Ann Walker, Del Shores and the rest of the cast of the smash hit trilogy "Season of Shores" after the performance at the Annenberg Theater inside the Palm Springs Art Museum. 9 p.m. Dale's Lost Highway, 125 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs. No cover. 327-2005

Anyone feel like flying me there? ;p

Delta Burke<br>(Photo © Joseph Marzullo)

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Passion- Inspired by Delta Burke [Oct. 3rd, 2006|11:18 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]

I think this is the perfect place to share this:

A twisted journey, a torturted path
Heartache touches only the toughest souls
Who have the strength to burn
Success was once forgotten
And replaced with anxious fear
But now the time has come to chase away
The woe's, the sighs, the tears
For only winners see the light
Shining, glittering
On their goals
Only those with passion deep inside
Can always see where they belong
Only those with passion
Knew they'd make it
All along

The face of a girl
Full of promise
Where's the life?
The face of a girl
Whose problems over took her
And tried to turn her life upside down
But the beauty queen could not be shaken
No, she would not give up, or go around
With dreams of bright lights and photographs
Just moments up ahead
It was time to make it happen
Time to do it, no time to dread

But it took it's toll on her
The beauty outside at least
No longer could she keep herself
The way they thought was "in"
As anger overtook her
For everything she felt she'd done wrong
No one stopped to help her
They only egged her on
The screaming headlines taunted her
Whenever she'd leave her house
A prisoner of her own desires
Held captive by the scenes

One day it was like the cool fall winds rippled through coloured trees
A sign of a new tomorrow
Of waking into a new life
There was no time for hurting 
Each other or yourself
This is a time to appreciate what many wish that they could take
And with every word whispered
Every pose, every wink
Another sees the passion
And believes in what they see
For the girl that was admired
Until she turned her back
Will always be remember
As gorgeous
and out
For another generation will pass on what she knows
About the girl who is a champion
The woman, whose vivacity shows

A twisted journey, a torturted path
Heartache touches only the toughest souls
Who have the strength to burn
Success was once forgotten
And replaced with anxious fear
But now the time has come to chase away
The woe's, the sighs, the tears
For only winners see the light
Shining, glittering
On their goals
Only those with passion deep inside
Can always see where they belong
Only those with passion
Knew they'd make it
All along
Only those with passion
Knew they'd make it
All along

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