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Designing Women star Delta Burke makes a rare outing running errands in LA – Daily Mail

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Designing Women alum Delta Burke was seen taking care of some domestic chores last week in LA‘s San Fernando Valley. 
The rarely-seen Hollywood star, 66, was spotted making a trip to the cleaners last Thursday afternoon, before treating herself to a gourmet lunch, and later heading to the post office to ship off some antiques.
During her first stop, the actress, who was dressed stylishly for the outing, appeared to consult with a tailor on the details of a custom-fitted shirt. 
She then reunited with her personal driver to grab lunch together at Patys, a popular diner-style restaurant in Toluca Lake. 
Designing Women star Delta Burke was seen stepping out in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, in a rare sighting last week 
The 66-year-old actress was seen taking care of some domestic chores of her own as she stopped by the cleaners and the post office, while grabbing some lunch in between 
While Burke was known to sport bouffant hair and vivid lipstick on the hit CBS sitcom in the 80s and 90s, on Thursday she looked less flamboyant but still fashionable in a loose-fitting patterned tunic, black straw hat, comfy black pants and sneakers
Delta made her debut in CBS sitcom Designing Women in 1986, which followed four southern women – played by Burke, Dixie Carter, Jean Smart, and Annie Potts – as they made their way through tough times whilst pursuing their dreams as high powered interior designers. The series, which earned Burke two Emmy award nominations, ended in 1993 
The two dined and chatted for about an hour, with Burke enjoying a hearty sandwich and fries. 
While Burke was known to sport bouffant hair and vivid lipstick on the hit CBS sitcom in the 80s and 90s, on Thursday she looked less flamboyant but still fashionable in a loose-fitting patterned tunic, black hat, comfy black pants and sneakers.
Later that day, Burke – who reportedly owns an antique store in Collins, Mississippi – headed to a nearby post office to arrange the shipping of a vintage rotary phone that appeared to be very heavy. 
She handed it to her driver before heading inside and getting the phone mailed off to its destination. 
The outing is a rare sighting for Burke, who tends to keep a low profile these days, as does her actor husband of 33 years Gerald McRaney, 75.
While Burke has retreated from the spotlight in recent years, McRaney has had starring roles in NCIS: Los Angeles, Filthy Rich, House of Cards and, most recently, his is Us. 
The couple, who are based in LA, have been married since May 1989 and have no children together.  
A few days earlier, Burke’s husband, actor Gerald McRaney, 75, who starred in TV series This is Us, was spotted dropping off some clothes at the same Toluca Lake dry cleaners his wife visited
While at the dry cleaners, Burke appeared to consult with a tailor on the details of a custom-fitted shirt
Burke was accompanied by her personal driver whom she then took to lunch at a popular local restaurant
The two dined and chatted for about an hour at the restaurant before continuing her laundry list of errands 
Burke was seen tucking in as she treated herself to a hearty sandwich and fries
The two dined at Patys, the popular diner-style restaurant in Toluca Lake
Later that day, Burke – who reportedly owns an antique store in Collins, Mississippi – headed to a nearby post office to arrange the shipping of a vintage rotary phone that appeared to be very heavy
The TV star was seen handing the antique over to her driver before heading into the post office to ship it off 
The outing is a rare sighting for Burke, who tends to keep a low profile these days
Days earlier, McRaney himself was spotted dropping off some clothes at the same Toluca Lake dry cleaners his wife visited. 
Delta made her debut in Designing Women in 1986, a show that charted the ups and downs of four southern women making their way through tough times whilst pursuing their dreams as high powered interior designers. 
However during the course of her five seasons Delta fell out with her show’s bosses and famously caused a stir in 1990 by complaining to Barbara Walters that the set had become a ‘difficult, unpleasant workplace’. 
Two years later bosses fired and replaced her. 
Delta went on to double down about her bad time on the show and claimed she had been bullied over her weight and subjected to ‘psychological abuse’. 
Producers and co-stars hit back by branding her ‘difficult’ and ‘demanding’ to work with and in 1992 the show’s producer, Doug Jackson, even held her husband Gerald partially responsible. 
McRaney and Burke, who are based in LA, have been married since May 1989 and have no children together
He told TV Guide at the time: ‘Immediately after Delta started dating Gerald, there was a marked change in her relationship with all of us.
‘She was a fun, kicky girl at the start. After Gerald came on the scene, she came on the set one day to announce to the cast, ‘Gerald says I am the star of the show and I should be boss’.’ 
Besides her role on Designing Women, Delta has gone on to star in various shows, plays and movies such as a cameo in Mel Gibson’s What Women Want in 2000. 
Other appearances include TV series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings (2019), Any Day Now (1998-1999), Boston Legal (2007) and Touched By An Angel (1996-2001.) 
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