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On October 25, 2006, The Museum Of Television And Radio (MTR) presented a special reunion of TV's Designing Women which starred four women.

The CBS show ran from 1986 until 1993 although Dixie Carter and Jean Smart both left the show in 1991, two years before the end of the series.

All of the cast was present and accounted for including Dixie Carter, Jean Smart, Annie Potts and Delta Burke.

In some circles, Designing Women (as well as The Golden Girls which was on the air during the same years) has been noted as one of the television shows that helped to influence other all women cast ensembles that came behind it in years that followed.

Of course one of the most famous all women shows that came after Designing Women was HBO's Sex And The City with it's four famous female characters. Another show thought to be built around the successful four woman concept was 2005's Related which included four women playing sisters.

The four stars of Designing Women have all had very successful performance careers since their departure from the popular comedy series.

Delta Burke (July 30, 1956 in Orlando, Florida) was best known for her portrayal as aging beauty queen Suzanne Sugarbaker. She was the bratty baby sister of older sister Julia Sugarbaker played by Dixie Carter.

In her role as the spoiled Suzanne, Delta received two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Life imitated art with Designing Women. Delta was crowned Miss Florida in 1974 and won a talent scholarship in the Miss America Pageant which allowed her to attend a study program at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

One month after leaving London and arriving in Los Angeles her acting career was launched with a starring role in the TV movie, The Seekers. The TV series The Chisholms followed along with a leading role in Filthy Rich in 1982.

During her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker the former beauty queen was featured in the tabloids for her struggle with her weight and other personal demons. After Designing Women ended the brunette beauty watched her weight balloon to over 215 pounds.

Delta married actor Gerald McRaney in a fairytale wedding on May 28, 1989 at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. The still happy couple moved to New Orleans. In 1992 she starred in the ABC series, Delta, where she sang and appeared as a platinum blonde.

To answer the rumors, Delta "came out" about her ongoing weight struggles, her addiction to diet pills and her agony over being molested as a child. She also made peace with being a "large sized woman" and wrote a book that was published in 1998, Delta Style" which shared many of her "big woman" beauty secrets.

The book was coupled with a New York clothing company, Delta Burke Design, focused on plus size women's designs.

A scary battle with diabetes turned Delta's life around and through sensible eating to combat the disease, her body finally settled into a healthy weight for her height. Since the end of Designing Women, which made Delta a household name, she has acted in a series of movies and made many appearances.


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