“Designing Women” actress Delta Burke and her husband Gerald McRaney are the epitome of a marriage that was meant to be. They complement each other in every way. In spite of the fact that his friends cautioned him against getting married to an actress, he was unwavering in his commitment to the woman he loved.
The romance between Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney, who plays Randall on the NBC show “This Is Us,” reads like something out of a fairy tale. They share a passion that can only be accurately described as one-of-a-kind when it comes to romance.
The two first crossed paths on the set of “Simon & Simon,” when Burke was making a cameo appearance, and have been together for more than three decades since. When we last saw Burke, she was getting ready to start filming the second season of “Designing Women.”
When McRaney first lays eyes on Burke, who was then thirty-one years old, he was immediately taken aback by her beauty and charm. McRaney was unable to keep his eyes off of her the whole time they were at the promotional luncheon that followed.
McRaney was uninformed that he was not being as covert as he believed he was, so he continued to cast sidelong looks in Burke’s direction for the remainder of the event.
When they first met, neither of them was very interested in romantic relationships, but when they got to know one other, everything changed. As soon as the meal was over, McRaney sent a dozen of Burke’s favorite flowers, which were white roses.
During the same year, he was invited to appear on her television show. McRaney portrayed Burke’s on-screen ex-husband in the first two episodes of the show. During one of those scenes, the two of them enjoyed a kiss that, according to McRaney, went on for far longer than was anticipated.
McRaney asked Burke to marry him after only two dates, despite the fact that his friends had cautioned him against marrying an actress. Friends of his were concerned about him, and they had good cause to be.
Burke claims that everyone else considered them to be insane and that they did not believe or trust them. But the fact that they realized very immediately that they were destined to be together made it such that no amount of advice could change the fact that they were meant to be together. McRaney revealed the following at that time:
“I wasn’t going to give her the opportunity to escape. There was already competition for me. I was planning on moving in as soon as possible, and there were already people asking her out on dates.”
A conflict was happening within him. Logically, it seemed to be too soon to propose, but he had a sensation that Burke was the most beautiful creature that God had ever created on earth, and to this day, he continues to believe that to be the case with Burke.
In 1989, they took part in a lovely ceremony at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, where they exchanged their vows to one another. There were a total of four hundred guests there, and 10 bridesmaids made their way down an aisle that was decked up in pink and white gardenias.
The stunning bride looked absolutely stunning in her bustled silk gown and her head was piled high with raven hair. It is said that her future husband was so taken aback by her beauty that he could not contain his excitement to kiss her and cup her face in his arms.
Their wedding was a flashy, lavish, and huge event, despite the fact that their vows were really straightforward. But more than their big day, what meant most to them was that they had finally found one other after all these years of searching.
After the wedding, the newlyweds went on a honeymoon to Italy, Austria, West Germany, and France. This event will live on in the attendees’ memories for the rest of their lives. Following their time together on their honeymoon, the couple returned to their house in Pasadena to settle into a more sedate lifestyle.
In spite of the fact that they intended to have a family of their own, they never ended up having kids of their own. Despite this, McRaney is already a parent to three children from a prior marriage.
Throughout the course of their marriage, the pair has encountered a number of challenges, but they have remained committed to providing support and understanding to one another. Even when she started experiencing symptoms of depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, McRaney has remained steadfast in his support for his wife.
In 1989, they took part in a lovely ceremony that was held at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. During the wedding, they exchanged their vows. There were four hundred people there, including 10 attendants for the bride who walked down an aisle decked up in pink and white gardenias.
The ravishing bride looked absolutely breathtaking in her bustled silk gown and her crown of raven hair. It has been stated that her future husband was so taken aback by her beauty that he could not wait to cup her face in his arms and kiss her.
Despite the lack of pomp and circumstance during their wedding, the couple chose to exchange straightforward vows. But what mattered most to them, even beyond their big day, was the fact that they had finally found one other.
After the wedding, the newlyweds went on their honeymoon, which included stops in Italy, Austria, West Germany, and France. This event will live on in the attendees’ minds for all time. After returning from their trip on their honeymoon, the couple settled back into their house in Pasadena to lead a more sedate lifestyle.
They had always intended to become parents, but they never got around to it. They never had any children of their own. McRaney, on the other hand, is a father to three children from a prior marriage.
Throughout the course of their marriage, the pair has encountered several challenges, but they have remained steadfast in their commitment to supporting one another through good times and bad. Even when she started suffering from depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder, McRaney has been there for his wife and has never abandoned her.
Burke has maintained an open and honest demeanor throughout her career about her battles with her weight. The time she spent shooting the last season of “Designing Women” was the most difficult period of her life.
She has been dealing with type 2 diabetes for a very long period, and according to Burke, her husband has been her most crucial support during this ordeal. She emphasized that his affection for her has never changed, despite the challenges that she has gone through. In her words:
“He’s been fantastic. It made no difference to him whether I gained a lot of weight. It gives him a sense of fulfillment, he adds, to be the one to administer my insulin injections, and he enjoys doing so.”
These days, Burke prefers to maintain a quiet profile and is focusing her attention on her happy married life. She continues to portray a few other characters, such as Ellie Holder in the 2019 episode of “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” titled “If I Had Wings,” which she appeared in with her husband, who played the role of “Tom.”
McRaney, who is now in his 70s, is still active in the film business, playing parts such as Eugene Montreaux in “Filthy Rich” and providing the voice of Dick Harris in “Duncanville.”