Though she has had a few small roles here and there, Delta’s career began to fall in March of 2012. She was cast in the ABC comedy pilot “Counter Culture.” While filming the pilot, Burke fell on set, and production was halted.
The pilot had to wait and was not picked up for a series. In 2008 she played the role of a character on a Hallmark Channel film, “Bridal Fever,” and during the third season of “Boston Legal,” she appeared for five episodes as Bella Horowitz, an old flame of William Shatner’s character, Benny Horowitz.
Yet Another Problem
There was more than just depression that made life difficult for Delta. In 2008, she revealed that in addition to depression, she suffered from compulsive hoarding syndrome, and it was just another thing she had to work past before she could truly start to live her best life.
She enlightened everyone in an “Entertainment Tonight” interview, divulging that at one point, she had a mind-boggling twenty-seven storage units to hold her stuff. She points at her mother's actions as part of the problem, saying she got the hoarding from mom: “She saved the diaper I came home from the hospital in!” Gross, Mom.
Even after her brief time in the spotlight ended, Burke wasn't about to stop working. In the year 2000, she appeared in a number of TV movies and also had a supporting role in the Mel Gibson film “What Women Want.”
In the early two-thousands, she co-starred on the sitcom “DAG” with David Alan Grier. By that point, she had lost most of her excess weight. She first appeared on Broadway in September 2003 when she starred as Mrs. Meers in the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” playing the role until February of 2004. At that point, she was replaced by... her “Designing Women” co-star Dixie Carter.
More than a decade after their painful and public falling out, Delta and Dixie mended fences. It happened privately at first, and the details have never been made public, but it eventually bled into their professional lives as well.
Delta would appear as a guest star on Dixie's show “Family Law” in 2002. It was their third time acting as relatives, but the first time during a drama show. Both women were glad they had pushed through the drama and reconnected. Dixie passed away in 2010. A few more members of the show departed soon after, with both Jan Hooks and Meshach Taylor dying in 2014.
Even apart from “Designing Women,” Delta had plenty of personal awards and nominations to boast about. She was nominated for two primetime Emmys while on the show, both of them for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, though she didn't win either.
She was nominated for Actress of the Year in a New Series for the 2001 TV Guide Awards and was nominated for three Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series from Viewers for Quality Television Awards while part of “Designing Women.” She also won the Online Film & Television Association award for Best Guest Actress in a Cable Series in 1999, thanks to “Any Day Now.”