A good marriage can survive anything. These days, you sometimes see people taking their marital vows for granted and not abiding by them. However, Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney are two people who have kept their vows for over 3 decades. The couple has been through various trials and tribulations, but they have managed to come out stronger on the other side.
When Gerald McRaney met actress Delta Burke, he knew he wanted to ask her out. However, he was also acutely aware of his competition because of so many men being interested in her. McRaney recalls the time he asked her out, saying, “I wasn’t going to let her get away. I already had competition. There were people asking her out on dates, and I was going to move in right away.”
Despite the competition, there was an immediate connection between the two and McRaney knew she was the girl for him. On their second date, he asked her to marry him. But it was two years later in 1989 that the couple made things official. While it was not as fast as McRaney would have wanted, he was happy that he had got the girl of his dreams!
While it was Burke’s first marriage, this was McRaney’s third time! But this time, he was determined to make it last. Through the years, the couple has faced many challenges, but they have always come out stronger. Their relationship serves as a reminder that with love and commitment, a marriage can truly survive anything.
While the couple was madly in love, there were some people who thought their marriage wasn’t a good idea. Namely, some of McRaney’s friends warned him against it. But he dismissed all those reasons every single time. He remembers saying, “Why not? They’re the only people who understand this insanity.
And she does. If I’m on location, and I don’t call her until 2 o’clock in the morning, no big deal. She knows.” The couple knew that they had a unique understanding of each other’s lives and careers.
Since both of them worked in the entertainment industry, they knew what each other dealt with. They could hence offer advice and help to one another about any issues they might encounter. They were also one another’s biggest supporters when they achieved something. When McRaney won a Primetime Emmy award for his performance in “This Is Us,” Burke happened to be his biggest cheerleader.
She stood in the audience, with tears in her eyes, cheering on her beloved husband. McRaney said in his years as an actor, he has gotten a lot of feedback, but Burke is who he takes seriously. If she tells him a performance is good or needs work; he knows she’s being honest.
It was in 1998 that the foundation of their marriage was tested. Burke lost her grandmother, and soon after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was also on a hiatus from her acting career after she had a falling out with her show producers on “Designing Women.” Despite these challenges, the couple stood by each other, offering support and understanding. They were a true testament to the strength of their love and commitment to one another.
Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney are a couple who have stood the test of time. They have been married for over 3 decades and have weathered many storms together. However, despite the love and support they have for each other, there were some trials and tribulations that threatened to tear them apart.
One of the biggest challenges that Burke faced was her battle with hypoglycemia. Fans of the show “Designing Women” noticed that the actress had gained weight and it turned out she had been struggling with this condition. Unfortunately, the ineffective treatment of hypoglycemia combined with dieting eventually caused her to develop type 2 diabetes.
It was a difficult journey for Burke as she had a hard time getting a diagnosis, going from doctor to doctor. She recalls, “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.”
At the same time, Burke was also caring for her mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer. This added to her stress, and she was giving little attention to her own needs. While she was taking medication for her condition, her doctor warned her to improve her diet, or she would be needing insulin therapy.
Despite the challenges, Burke and McRaney stood by each other through it all. Burke applauded her husband for how he stood by her and made sure she took her medication and always took care of her. In 2004, McRaney fought lung cancer successfully as well. This couple has proved that with love, support and determination, a marriage can survive anything.
Delta Burke has had a long and difficult battle with hypoglycemia, which caused her weight to increase and eventually led to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Despite her struggles, her husband, Gerald McRaney, has been by her side throughout, offering her support and helping her to take care of her health.
Burke now uses insulin and credits McRaney for helping her with her insulin shots. She said, “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 stays active and takes care of their health together, with Burke now in a good place with her health.
Despite her health struggles, Burke has no plans of returning to acting. McRaney also believes that she will not return to acting, but he would love to have the opportunity to work with her again.
The couple has bought a home in central Florida and plans to move there soon. While they do not have any children together, they have spent their life raising McRaney’s three kids from a previous marriage. The couple has shown Hollywood and the world what it means to honor your wedding vows, and they have our love and well wishes.
The love story of Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney is a true testament to the power of love and commitment. Despite their struggles, the couple has stood by each other through thick and thin. Burke’s battle with diabetes and McRaney’s battle with cancer were both met with unwavering support and care from each other.
The couple has shown Hollywood and the world what it means to honor your wedding vows. We are sending them all the love and well wishes in the world.
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