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"WONDERFUL TOWN" OPENS ON BROADWAY
Actor Gerald McRaney and wife/actress Delta Burke attend the Nov. 23, 2003 opening night revival production of the Broadway musical "Wonderful Town." (UPI Photos/Ezio Petersen)
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Delta Ramona Leah Burke (born July 30, 1956) is an American television and film actress. Her television work includes a leading role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Also known for her role as Eve in the 2000 blockbuster What Women Want, Burke has also starred in several made-for-TV movies and has had supporting roles in dozens of films and television shows.

Burke was born in Orlando, Florida to a single mother, Jean. Frederick Burke, an Orlando realtor, adopted her after marrying her mother; she has never met her biological father. She graduated from Colonial High School in 1974, and won the senior superlative "Most Likely to Succeed."In 1972 she won the Miss Flame crown from the Orlando Fire Department and went on to become State Miss Flame. In her senior year of high school, she won the Miss Florida title for 1974; she was the youngest Miss Florida titleholder in pageant history. She was subsequently paired with Miss Georgia, Gail Nelson, in the 1975 Miss America pageant. Burke won a talent scholarship from the Miss America Organization, allowing her to attend a two-year study program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In 1974, as part of winning Miss Florida, Burke appeared on the ABC TV show Bozo the Clown, filmed in Orlando Florida. She worked as the magical assistant to Herbert L. Becker. The two worked together for 6 months.

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