Here's What Happened to Tyne Daly since the Famous TV Cop Drama 'Cagney and Lacey'

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jun 12, 2019
06:43 P.M.
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Tyne Daly has made the most out of a career she loves. After starring in the hit cop show in the 80s, she went on to play notable roles and win awards. 


Daly, 73, was raised by two movie stars, so her passion for acting was in her blood. Although her parents wanted her to avoid the industry, Daly was settled into acting at just fifteen years old.

She earned her Actors' Equity Card, and went on to attend Brandeis University and then the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in order to improve her talent. 


At 21, she landed a part in the Broadway production, "That Summer, That Fall." Afterward, she made several appearances in television shows including "General Hospital," The Virginian," and "The Mad Squad." 

Her first film was in 1969's "John and Mary." The 70s saw similar short roles both on tv and on the big screen. She was in 1972's "Play It as It Lays," 1975's "The Adulteress," and 1976's "The Enforcer." 


Finally, Daly decided to take on a more permanent television role in 1982 when she played the role of Detective Mary Beth Lacy on "Cagney & Lacey." She starred alongside Sharon Gless.

The part earned Daly three Emmy awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama series. Daly reportedly said she chose the role because of its portrayal as women not as secondary, but as strong and confident. 


The show went on until 1988, and Daly moved on to other projects. She earned another Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1994's "Christy." 

Then from 1999 to 2005, Daly starred in "Judging Amy," which helped her capture yet another Emmy Award. She returned to Broadway in 2015. 


She played the character Judy Steinberg in the Broadway production of "It Shoulda Been You." In 2016, she was in the play "Rabbit Hole." She's also made several film appearances. 

In 2017, she was in the hit movie "Spider: Homecoming" as Anne Marie Hoag. She's also had cameos in "Burn Notice" and "Modern Family." Her longest running appearance was in "Grey's Anatomy" as Dr. McDreamy's mother Carolyn Shepherd.

Back in 2018, Daly and her former co-star Gless reunited for the British Soap Awards as they presented an award to "Coronation Street." Fans loved seeing the two together after 30 years.

During their presentation, Gless reminisced about "Cagney and Lacey." She said that the show was the first cop drama to show "principal characters who were allowed to be vulnerable." 

She compared it to "NYPD Blue," which followed their show and was formidable in its own right. However, according to Gless, in terms of cop dramas, "Cagney and Lacey" simply "did it better."