Tyne Daly

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Tyne Daly

Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
BornEllen Tyne Daly
(1946-02-21) February 21, 1946 (age 66)
Madison, Wisconsin,
United States
Years active1968–present
SpouseGeorg Stanford Brown (1966-1990) 3 children
ChildrenAlisabeth Brown
Kathryne Dora Brown
Alyxandra Brown
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Tyne Daly

Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
BornEllen Tyne Daly
(1946-02-21) February 21, 1946 (age 66)
Madison, Wisconsin,
United States
Years active1968–present
SpouseGeorg Stanford Brown (1966-1990) 3 children
ChildrenAlisabeth Brown
Kathryne Dora Brown
Alyxandra Brown

Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946) is an American stage and screen actress, widely known for her work as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in the television series Cagney & Lacey and as Maxine Gray in the television series Judging Amy. She is also known for her role as Alice Henderson in television series Christy. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work,[1][2] and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in Gypsy: A Musical Fable in 1989.


Early years

Daly was born Ellen Tyne Daly in Madison, Wisconsin, into a creative family; she is the daughter of actor James Daly and Hope Newell.[3] Her younger brother is actor Timothy Daly. Her sister-in-law, Amy Van Nostrand, is also an actress. She was raised in Westchester County, New York, where she started her career by performing in summer stock with her family; she earned her Equity Card at age 15. She studied at Brandeis University and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.[3]

Daly was married to actor/director Georg Stanford Brown from 1966 to 1990.[4]

Daly with her brother Tim Daly, 2009.



Daly acted out one of the two title characters in the legendary CBS police-procedural crime drama Cagney & Lacey, winning four Emmy Awards for her performance as Mary Beth Lacey, the married working mother. Between herself and co-star Sharon Gless, they took the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series six years in a row, a winning streak unmatched in any major category by a show.

In 1991 Daly guest starred on her brother Tim's series Wings, playing a woman who dates Brian Hackett (Steven Weber), brother of Tim's character Joe.

She appeared as social worker Maxine Gray, who was also the mother to the show's title character on the CBS drama Judging Amy, which ran from 1999 to 2005. Addressing a conference of the National Association of Social Workers in 2000, Daly said that she had learned from social workers and social work texts to improve her portrayal of her character. She added: "I take from you because you are the ones dealing with all the bad institutions of our society: institutionalized poverty, institutionalized racism, institutionalized cynicism."[5]

Daly appeared in a made-for-TV movie for Lifetime in 2003 titled Undercover Christmas, as Anne Cunningham. She played the role of a traditional mother and peacemaker at Christmas time in a wealthy family of lawyers, who initially disapproves of her FBI agent son's girlfriend.[6]


Daly's first Broadway role was in 1967 in a short-lived play, That Summer, That Fall.[3][7][8] In April 1989, she starred as Rose in a 14 city U.S. tour of the musical Gypsy which finally landed on Broadway in late 1989. This production was the second revival of the show to play Broadway (the first was in 1974 with Angela Lansbury). Daly won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Gypsy.[9] Daly left Gypsy in July 1990, with Linda Lavin playing Rose, and returned in April 1991 through closing in July 1991. Daly appeared in the Broadway revival of the Anton Chekhov play The Seagull in 1992 as Madame Arkadina.[3][10] She appeared as Sally Adams in the City Center Encores! staged concert of Call Me Madam in February 1995.[11] In regional theatre she played Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, California in April 1997.[12] She appeared on Broadway in the 2006 play Rabbit Hole, portraying the mother of the play's protagonist, played by Cynthia Nixon.[13] In January 2008 she played the role of Mother in the world premiere production of the Edward Albee play Me, Myself & I at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey.[14] In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[15] In 2011, she starred as Maria Callas in Master Class at the Manhattan Theater Club on Broadway and is creating the role of Judy Steinberg in the new musical It Shoulda Been You by Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi, directed by David Hyde Pierce at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, from October 4 - November 6, 2011.[16] In 2012, Daly reprised her role as Maria Callas in the West End Production of Master Class.


Daly performed a cabaret act, Second Time Around, in January 2010 at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, New York City. She had previously performed at Feinstein's in May 2009.[17]


Daly appeared in John and Mary (1969), the movie adaptation of Play It As It Lays (1972), and The Adulteress.[3][7] She was cast as Inspector Harry Callahan's first female partner, Kate Moore, in the 1976 Dirty Harry film The Enforcer.[3] Although her performance was not widely praised, the concept was later used as the basis for the television show Hunter.[3][18]

Role model

Daly has been identified as a feminist role model, particularly based on her television roles in Cagney and Lacey and Judging Amy. Her role as Lacey showed a woman detective at a time where the idea was still novel; the show was also novel in presenting Lacey primarily in a work environment, rather than always showing the character at home.[7] She has also been outspoken about maintaining a natural appearance as she ages, and for the run of Judging Amy, Daly's hair was shown in its naturally gray state.[19]

Personal life

Daly was married to Georg Stanford Brown from 1966 to 1990. They have three daughters: Alisabeth (b. 1968), a potter; actress Kathryne (b. 1971); and Alyxandra (b. 1985).[4][20]


Sources: [3][20]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1969John and MaryHilaryFilm by Peter Yates, starring Dustin Hoffman and Mia Farrow
1970Play It as It LaysJournalistFilm starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins
1972Angel UnchainedMerileeBiker film starring Don Stroud
1973The AdulteressInez SteinerLow budget sexploitation film
1976The EnforcerInsp. Kate MooreThe third Dirty Harry film
1977TelefonPuttermanSpy film, starring Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and Lee Remick
2000The Autumn HeartAnnLead role
2000A Piece of EdenAunt AureliaDirected by John D. Hancock
2001The Simian LineArnitaLead role in improvisational film with William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Eric Stoltz and many more
YearTitleRoleOther notes
1968General HospitalCaroline BealeUnknown Episodes
1970IronsideJoanna LeighEpisode: "The People Against Judge McIntyre"
1971Mission: ImpossibleSaretta LaneEpisode: "Nerves"
1974The Streets of San FranciscoMrs. CarlinoEpisode # 42, "Commitment"
1980QuincyMadeline EstesSeries 06 Episode 04, "The Night Killer"
1982Magnum, P.I.Kate SullivanEpisode: "The Jororo Kill"
1982–1988Cagney & LaceyDet. Mary Beth LaceyEmmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - 1983,84,85,88
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - 1986,87
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama - 4 times
Nominated - TV Land Award - 3 times
1988Dolly (TV series)herselfEpisode # 18; sang one song solo and another song with Parton
1991WingsMimsy BorogrovesEpisode: "My Brother's Keeper"
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - 1992
1992Columbo (TV series)DoloresEpisode: "A Bird in the Hand"
1994Columbo (TV series)DortheaEpisode: "Undercover"
1994The Magic School BusDr. Tennelli
1994–1995ChristyAlice HendersonEmmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - 1996
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - 1995
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1995The Nanny (TV series)MonaEpisode: "Strange Bedfellows"
Bye Bye BirdieMrs. Mae PetersonMade for TV movie
1999Execution of JusticeGoldie Judge
1999–2005Judging AmyMaxine GrayEmmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - 2003
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - 2000,01,02,04,05
2001The Wedding DressJoan DelanoMade for TV movie
2009Grey's AnatomyCarolyn ShepherdEpisode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
Georgia O'Keeffe[21]Mabel Didge SternMade for TV movie (Lifetime)
2010Burn Notice [22]TinaEpisode: "A Dark Road"

Theatre work


YearProductionPlaywrightRoleNotes and awards
1967That Summer - That Fall[8]
  • Won - 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
  • Performances: Broadway and also US National tour, 1989
1992The Seagull[10]Madame Arkadina
2006Rabbit Hole[13]Nat
2011Master Class[24][25]Terrence McNallyMaria Callas


YearProductionPlaywrightRoleNotes and awards
2009Love, Loss, and What I Wore[26]Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Other stage credits

YearProductionPlaywrightRoleNotes and awards
1963Jenny Kissed Me[3]Jean Kerr
2010The Second Time Around[28]Cabaret
  • Performances: Feinstein's at the Regency, New York City (January 2010)
Master Class[29]Terrence McNallyMaria Callas
2011It Shoulda Been You[30]Brian Hargrove, Barbara AnselmiMother of the Bride

Awards and recognition

Daly has been nominated for the Emmy Award a total of 17 times; she has won 6 times, for the following television performances:[1][31]

She was also recognized for the following:


  1. ^ a b "Primetime Emmy Award Database (Awards)". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. http://www.emmys.com/award_history_search?person=Tyne+Daly&program=&start_year=1961&end_year=2009&network=All&web_category=All&winner=Y. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  2. ^ Beaufort, John (1989-12-06). "Tyne Daly Triumphs in 'Gypsy'". Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/1989/1206/lgyp.html. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Tyne Daly". Turner Classic Movies. http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/participant.jsp?spid=43600&apid=149193. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b Company, Johnson Publishing (1990-08-27). Georg Stanford Brown, Wife Tyne Daly Set for Divorce Court. 78. Jet. p. 61. ISSN 0021-5996. http://books.google.com/?id=6K8DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA61. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  5. ^ "Tyne Daly Wows 'Social Work 2000'". NASW News. January 2001. http://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/news/2001/01/tyne.htm 
  6. ^ 'Undercover Christmas' listing mylifetime.com, retrieved January 25, 2010
  7. ^ a b c "DALY, TYNE - The Museum of Broadcast Communications". Museum of Broadcast Communications. http://www.museum.tv/eotvsection.php?entrycode=dalytyne. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  8. ^ a b "'That Summer, That Fall' at the Internet Broadway Database" ibdb.com, retrieved March 19, 2010
  9. ^ a b Stasio, Marilyn."Theater:Reports From a Broadway-Bound Gypsy".The New York Times, November 12, 1989
  10. ^ a b "'The Seagull' at the Internet Broadway Database".ibdb.com, retrieved March 19, 2010
  11. ^ Holden, Stephen."A 'Madam' With the Mostes'".New York Times, February 18, 1995
  12. ^ Arkatov, Janice."Acting--best Of Tyne Daly".Los Angeles Times (articles.latimes.com), April 22, 1987
  13. ^ a b Brantley, Ben."Theater Review: 'Rabbit Hole':Mourning a Child in a Silence That's Unbearably Loud".The New York Times, February 3, 2006
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew."Seeing Double: Albee's Me, Myself and I Begins McCarter Theatre Run Jan. 11".playbill.com, January 11, 2008
  15. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2009-10-02). "Spandex Agonistes: Why Don't You Try It On?". The New York Times. http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/theater/reviews/02love.html. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  16. ^ Gans, Andrew."New Musical 'It Shoulda Been You', With Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Howard McGillin, Opens at George Street" playbill.com, October 14, 2011
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam."It's the Second Time Around for Daly at Feinstein's Beginning Jan. 19".playbill.com, January 19, 2010
  18. ^ Kogan, Rick (1990-12-09). ""Hunter' over "Cop Rock' win makes Dryer happy". Tampa Tribune. p. 72. 
  19. ^ http://www.westsidetoday.com/articles/2005/04/29/bel_air/news_highlights/01aaaaaaatynedaly.txt
  20. ^ a b "Tyne Daly Biography". filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/61/Tyne-Daly.html. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  21. ^ Hetrick, Adam."'Georgia O'Keefe [sic],' with Allen and Irons, to Bloom on Lifetime Sept. 19".playbill.com, August 24, 2009
  22. ^ "Tyne Daly Guest Stars on "Burn Notice" Tonight".tvinterviewsarchive.blogspot.com, January 21, 2010
  23. ^ a b "'Gypsy' at the Internet Broadway Database" ibdb.com, retrieved March 19, 2010
  24. ^ "'Master Class: Theater Review'" The Hollywood Reporter, July 7, 2011
  25. ^ "'Master Class' at the Internet Broadway Database" ibdb.com, retrieved July 9, 2011
  26. ^ "New 'Play Love, Loss And What I Wore' to Feature Daly, Danner, O'Donnell, Posey More in Benefit Evenings" broadwayworld.com
  27. ^ "Tyne Daly Feels Motherly in Getty Villa's 'Agamemnon'".Los Angeles Times, September 18, 2008
  28. ^ Holden, Stephen."From Life’s Assembly Line: Hits, Push-Button or Not".The New York Times, January 20, 2010
  29. ^ "Casting Complete for 'Master Class', with Daly, at the Kennedy Center" playbill.com, February 2, 2010
  30. ^ "It Shoulda Been You listing" georgestreetplayhouse.org
  31. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Database (Awards and Nominations)". Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. http://www.emmys.com/award_history_search?person=Tyne+Daly&program=&start_year=1961&end_year=2009&network=All&web_category=All. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  32. ^ a b "Tony Awards tonyawards.com, retrieved March 19, 2010
  33. ^ "Gless, Daly get Hollywood stars". Rome News-Tribune. 1995-03-30. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=wngxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=jjMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3484%2C9028234. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  34. ^ http://wif.org/past-recipients
  35. ^ Playbill.com

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