Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly

Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
Born Ellen Tyne Daly
(1946-02-21) February 21, 1946
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Georg Stanford Brown (m. 1966; div. 1990)
Children 3
Website www.tyne-daly.com

Ellen Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946) is an American stage and screen actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work and[1] a Tony Award, and is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

Daly began her career on stage in summer stock in New York, and made her Broadway debut in the play That Summer – That Fall in 1967. She is best known for her television role as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey (1982–88), for which she is a four-time Emmy Award winner as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 1989, she starred in the Broadway revival of Gypsy and won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[2]

Her other TV roles include Alice Henderson in Christy (1994–95), for which she won an Emmy in 1996 and Maxine Gray in Judging Amy (1999–2005), which won her a sixth Emmy in 2003. Her other Broadway credits include The Seagull (1992), her Tony-nominated role in Rabbit Hole (2006) and her Tony-nominated role in Mothers and Sons (2014). She played Maria Callas, both on Broadway and in London's West End, in the play Master Class (2011–12).[3][4]

Early years

Daly with her brother Tim Daly at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Daly was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to actor James Daly and his wife, Mary Hope (née Newell).[5][6] Her younger brother is actor Tim Daly, and she has two sisters, Mary Glynn and Pegeen Michael.

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.[5]



Daly portrayed one of the two title characters in the CBS police-procedural crime drama Cagney & Lacey as Mary Beth Lacey, the married working mother. She won the Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, four times, in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, and was a nominee in 1986 and 1987.[7] [8] Between co-star Sharon Gless and herself, they won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series six years in a row.

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 she had learned from social workers and social work texts to improve her portrayal of her character, and 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."[9]

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.[10] Among her later television roles, Daly reunited with Cagney & Lacy costar Sharon Gless in a 2010 guest role on the series Burn Notice.


Daly's first Broadway role was in 1967 in a short-lived play, That Summer, That Fall.[5][11][12]

In 1988, Daly appeared on the Dolly Parton TV variety show Dolly, and sang (at her request) a duet with Parton. Broadway producer Barry Brown saw the show and, impressed by Daly's performance, decided to mount a revival of the musical Gypsy with Daly in the lead role of Rose.[13] Cagney & Lacy had finished airing, and Daly agreed, and successfully tried out for the part. In April 1989, the Daly-helmed Gypsy revival began a 14-city U.S. tour; it was then presented on Broadway in November 1989.[14] This production was the second revival of the show to play Broadway (the first was in 1974 with Angela Lansbury). She won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Gypsy.[15] Daly left Gypsy in July 1990, with Linda Lavin playing Rose, and returned in April 1991 through closing in July 1991. She appeared in the Broadway revival of the Anton Chekhov play The Seagull in 1992 as Madame Arkadina.[5][16] She appeared as Sally Adams in the City Center Encores! staged concert of Call Me Madam in February 1995.[17] In regional theatre, she played Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, in April 1997.[18]

She appeared on Broadway in the 2006 play, Rabbit Hole, portraying the mother of the play's protagonist, played by Cynthia Nixon.[19]

In January 2008, she played the role of Mother in the world premiere production of Edward Albee's Me, Myself & I at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey.[20] In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[21]

She debuted the role of Judy Steinberg in It Shoulda Been You, at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, which ran from October 4 to November 6, 2011.[22] The musical ran on Broadway in 2015.

She starred as Maria Callas in Master Class at the Manhattan Theater Club on Broadway, from June 14, 2011 (previews) to September 4, 2011.[3] Daly reprised her role as Maria Callas in the West End production of Master Class, which opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on February 7, 2012 (after previews from January 21) in a limited engagement to April 28, 2012.[4]


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.[23]


Daly appeared in John and Mary (1969), the biker movie Angel Unchained (1970), the movie adaptation of Play It As It Lays (1972), and The Adulteress.[5][11] She was cast as Inspector Harry Callahan's first female partner, Kate Moore, in the 1976 Dirty Harry film The Enforcer.[5] Although her performance was not widely praised, the concept was later used as the basis for the television show Hunter.[5][24]

Role model

Daly has been identified as a feminist icon in the media, particularly based on her television role in Cagney and Lacey.[25] 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.[11] 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.[26]

Personal life

Tyne Daly was married to Georg Stanford Brown from 1966 to 1990.[27] They have three daughters, including actress Kathryne Dora Brown.[28][29]

Daly and her brother endorsed Democratic U.S President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.[30][31]




Year Title Role Notes
1954 Foreign Intrigue Girl Episode: "International Finance"
1963 General Hospital Caroline Beale
1968 Virginian, TheThe Virginian Faith Bradbury Episode: "The Orchard"
1969 Judd, for the Defense Sandy Episode: "The View from the Ivy Tower"
1969 CBS Playhouse Sarah Episode: "Sadbird"
1969 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Dolores Abernathy Episode: "The Death of Wild Bill Hannachek"
1970 New People, TheThe New People Kathy Episode: "On the Horizon"
1970 Ironside Joanna Leigh Episode: "The People Against Judge McIntire"
1970 Medical Center Jennifer Lochner Episode: "Moment of Decision"
1971 In Search of America Anne Movie
1971 A Howling in the Woods Sally Bixton Movie
1971 Longstreet Marcella Episode: "One in the Reality Column"
1971 McMillan & Wife Janet Benton Episode: "Husbands, Wives, and Killers"
1971 Mission: Impossible Saretta Lane Episode: "Nerves"
1972 Heat of Anger Jean Carson Movie
1972 Young Dr. Kildare Episode: "The Thing with Feathers"
1972 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Prudence Gordon Episode: "Good Times Are Just Memories"
1972 Medical Center Barbara Episode: "The Choice"
1973 Medical Center April Episode: "Deadly Game"
1973 Ghost Story Anna Freeman Episode: "Earth, Air, Fire and Water"
1973 Hawkins Ellen Hamilton Episode: "A Life for a Life"
1973 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Marly Devon Episode: "A Farewell Tree from Marly"
1973 The Man Who Could Talk to Kids Susie Datweiler Movie
1974 Larry Nancy Hockworth Movie
1974 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Lucille Baker Episode: "Time Lock"
1974 Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco Mrs. Carlino Episode: "Commitment"
1974 Doc Elliot Beth Ann Blackner Episode: "The Touch of God"
1974 Barnaby Jones Madge Winston Episode: "A Gathering of Thieves"
1974 Wide World of Mystery, TheThe Wide World of Mystery Laurie Episode: "The Haunting of Penthouse D"
1975 Lucas Tanner Jenny Milo Episode: "Collision"
1975 Law, TheThe Law Lucy 3 episodes
1975 Medical Center Liz Lathem Episode: "Gift from a Killer"
1975 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Mary Episode: "Cliffy"
1976 Entertainer, TheThe Entertainer Jean Movie
1976 Enforcer, TheThe Enforcer Inspector Kate Moore Movie
1976 Rookies, TheThe Rookies Amy Kennedy Episode: "From Out the Darkness"
1977 Intimate Strangers Karen Renshaw Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1977 Visions Ann Episode: "The Dancing Bear"
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Abishag Episode: "The Judgment of Solomon"
1979 Shirley Athena Episode: "Twenty Years to Life"
1979 Better Late Than Never Ms. Davis Movie
1980 Women's Room, TheThe Women's Room Adele Movie
1980 Quincy, M.E. Madeline Estes Episode: "The Night Killer"
1981 Matter of Life and Death, AA Matter of Life and Death Donna Movie
1981 Quincy, M.E. Kay Silver Episode: "Gentle Into That Good Night"
1981 CBS Afternoon Playhouse Catherine Ellis Episode: "The Great Gilly Hopkins"
1981 Lou Grant Melissa Cummings Episode: "Violence"
1981–1988 Cagney & Lacey Det. Mary Beth Lacey Won – Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1983–85, 1988)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1984–87)
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1986–87)
1982 Magnum, P.I. Kate Sullivan Episode: "The Jororo Kill"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Anna Krushevitz Episode: "For Love of Joshua"
1983 Your Place... or Mine Karen Movie
1983 Mississippi, TheThe Mississippi Episode: "The Shooting"
1987 Kids Like These Joanna Goodman Movie
1988 Dolly Genevieve Episode: "1.20"
1989 Stuck with Each Other Sylvia Cass Movie
1991 Last to Go, TheThe Last to Go Mary Ellen Movie
1991 Face of a Stranger Dollie Madison Movie
1991 Trials of Rosie O'Neill, TheThe Trials of Rosie O'Neill Vicki Lindman Episode: "The Reunion"
1991 Wings Mimsy Borogroves Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
1992 Swamp Thing Carla Jeffries Episode: "Lesser of Two Evils"
1992 Ray Bradbury Theater, TheThe Ray Bradbury Theater Cora Gibbs Episode: "Great Wide World Over There"
1992 Columbo Dolores Episode: "A Bird in the Hand..."
1993 No Room for Opal Glorene Movie
1993 Scattered Dreams Kathryn Messenger Movie
1994 Forget-Me-Not Murders, TheThe Forget-Me-Not Murders Dr. Archer Movie
1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return Mary Beth Lacey Movie
1994 Christy Alice Henderson Movie
1994 Columbo Dorothea McNally Episode: "Undercover"
1994 Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School Bus Dr. Tennelli (voice) Episode: "Inside Ralphie"
1994–1995 Christy Alice Henderson Won – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1995 Nanny, TheThe Nanny Mona Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
1995 Magic School Bus, TheThe Magic School Bus Dr. Tennelli (voice) Episode: "Going Batty"
1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Mary Beth Lacey Movie
1995 Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Mary Beth Lacey Movie
1995 Bye Bye Birdie Mae Peterson Movie
1996 Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions Mary Beth Lacey Movie
1997 Perfect Mother, TheThe Perfect Mother Elanie Podaras Movie
1997 Tricks Sarah Movie
1998 Vig Ellen Movie
1998 For Your Love Mary Winston Episode: "The Mother of All Visits"
1999 Three Secrets Shelley Movie
1999 Absence of the Good Dr. Marcia Lyons Movie
1999 Execution of Justice Goldie Judge Movie
1999 Veronica's Closet Emily Blair Episode: "Veronica's from Venus/Josh's Parents Are from Mars"
1999 Magnificent Seven, TheThe Magnificent Seven Ma Nichols Episode: "Vendetta"
1999–2005 Judging Amy Maxine Gray Won – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2000–02, 2004–05)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2002, 2004)
2001 Wedding Dress, TheThe Wedding Dress Joan Delano Movie
2003 Undercover Christmas Anne Cunningham Movie
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Mabel Dodge Stern Movie
2009 Grey's Anatomy Carolyn Shepherd Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2010 Burn Notice Tina Episode: "A Dark Road"
2014 Modern Family Mrs. Plank Episode: "Won't You Be Our Neighbor"
2016 Looking: The Movie Justice of the Peace Movie


Year Title Role Notes
1969 John and Mary Hillary
1970 Angel Unchained Merilee
1972 Play It As It Lays Journalist
1973 Adulteress, TheThe Adulteress Inez Steiner
1976 Enforcer, TheThe Enforcer Kate Moore
1977 Speedtrap Niffty Nolan
1977 Telefon Dorothy Putterman
1981 Zoot Suit Alice Bloomfield
1985 Aviator, TheThe Aviator Evelyn Stiller
1985 Movers & Shakers Nancy Derman
1997 Lay of the Land, TheThe Lay of the Land Dr. Guttmacher
1999 Autumn Heart, TheThe Autumn Heart Ann
2000 Simian Line, TheThe Simian Line Arnita
2000 Piece of Eden, AA Piece of Eden Aunt Aurelia
2014 Basmati Blues Evelyn
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Roz
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Filming

Theatre work


Year Production Playwright Role Notes and awards
1967 That Summer - That Fall[12]
1989 Gypsy[15][32] Rose
  • 1990 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
  • Performances: Broadway and also US National tour, 1989
1992 The Seagull[16] Anton Chekhov Madame Arkadina
2006 Rabbit Hole[19] David Lindsay-Abaire Nat
2011 Master Class[33][34] Terrence McNally Maria Callas
2014 Mothers and Sons Terrence McNally Katharine Gerard
2015 It Shoulda Been You [35] Brian Hargrove Judy Steinberg
  • Performances: Brooks Atkinson Theater (March 17 – )


Year Production Playwright Role Notes and awards
2009 Love, Loss, and What I Wore[36] Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron Performances: Westside Theatre, New York City, New York

Other stage credits

Year Production Playwright Role Notes and awards
1963 Jenny Kissed Me[5] Jean Kerr Performances: Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania
2008 Agamemnon[37] Aeschylus Clytaemnestra Performances: Getty Villa, Malibu, California
2010 The Second Time Around[38] Cabaret Performances: Feinstein's at the Regency, New York City (January 2010)
Master Class[39] Terrence McNally Maria Callas Performances: Kennedy Center (March 25, 2010–April 18, 2010)
2011 It Shoulda Been You[40] Brian Hargrove, Barbara Anselmi Mother of the Bride
2012 Master Class[41] Terrence McNally Maria Callas Performances: Vaudeville Theatre, London (January 21, 2012–April 28, 2012)

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][42]

She was also recognized for the following:


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