Early life, family, educational background
American actress and singer Ellen Tyne Daly was born on 21 February 1946, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA – her father was James Daly and her mother Mary Hope Daly (née Newell), both of whom were actors. She has a younger brother, Tim Daly who is also an actor and two sisters, Pegeen Michael and Mary Glynn.
They were raised in Rockland County, New York State, where Tyne performed in summer stock – stage plays – alongside her family. At 15, she earned her Equity Card which is proof of membership in the Actor’s Equity Association of the United States. Following her high school matriculation, Tyne attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), and Brandeis University.
Family’s personal life
James Firman Daly was an American film, television and theater actor, born on 23 October 1918, who passed away from heart failure on 3 July 1978, aged 59, in Nyack, New York State.
His mother Dorothy Ethelbert (Hogan) Mullen worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and his father, Percifer Charles Daly worked as a fuel merchant. James is best-known for playing Paul Lochner in the hospital drama series “Medical Center”.
A decade after divorcing Hope, he came out as gay to his son, Tim – until the early 1970s, homosexuality was deemed a mental illness. His sexuality caused a lot of conflict within the family, as some members couldn’t come to terms with him being gay, and he wanted to keep his space from his children out of fear that they would also end up ‘mentally ill.’
Tyne’s younger brother, actor and producer James Thomas “Tim” Daly, was born on 1 March 1956, in Manhattan, New York City, USA. Quite a few of Tim’s roles are renowned – he played Joe Hackett in the NBC sitcom “Wings,” voiced Clark Kent/Superman in “Superman: The Animated Series,” J.T. Dolan, a screenwriter addicted to drugs in “The Sopranos”; he won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of J.T.
In 1982, he married actress Amy Van Nostrand, and they had two children together including actor Sam Daly who played Daisy Grant’s ex-fiancé and his daughter played Henry McCord’s (Tim’s character) niece. Tim and Amy divorced in 2010, and since December 2014, he’s been dating Téa Leoni, his “Madam Secretary” co-star.
He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 and later that year, he and Tyne endorsed Democratic US President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. In 2013, he was in the first-class lounge of Virgin America when the Los Angeles International Airport shooting took place. While on vacation in Sundance in January 2017, Tim was in a skiing accident which resulted in both his legs being broken.
Tim’s son – and thereby Tyne’s nephew – Samuel Pierce Daly was born on 24 March 1984 in Providence, Rhode Island, US. He studied acting at Moses Brown School before majoring in Film and Media Studies at Middlebury College from where he graduated in 2006. In his final year of college, he captained the basketball team.
Who is Georg Stanford Brown?
Tyne’s ex-husband, Georg Stanford Brown was born on 24 June 1943, in Havana, Cuba. Not only is he an actor and director, but he has won awards for his impressive work – in 1986 an Emmy for Best Director in a Drama Series for “Cagney and Lacey”. One of his most notable roles was as Officer Terry Webster in “The Rookies,” the ABC police television series from 1972 to 1976.
When he was seven years old, his family moved from Havana to Harlem, New York. He formed a singing group when he was 15; The Parthenons appeared on television once before disassembling. High school teachers regularly complained about Georg’s behavior, and encouraged him to drop out; he followed their advice when he was 16, and a year later he moved to Los Angeles, but returned to school a few years after.
He applied to Los Angeles City College and was accepted, where he majored in Theater Arts as he wanted an ‘easy’ major.
He thoroughly enjoyed his course, so then moved back to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). To pay for his tuition, he worked as a school janitor. He met Tyne while studying at AMDA.
Film and television
After Tyne’s acting career began on stage in summer stock, she appeared in a number of films, including 1969’s “John and Mary,” 1970’s biker film “Angel Unchained,” and “Play It as It Lays” in the 1972 movie adaptation. In the third Dirty Harry film “The Enforcer,” starring Clint Eastwood in 1976, she played Kate Moore, Inspector Harry Callahan’s first female partner.
Tyne played Jennifer Lochner – Paul Lochner’s daughter – in season 1 of “Medical Center” – her real life father, James played Paul in the series. This wasn’t the father-daughter duo’s first time teaming-up on screen however; when she was a child, Tyne also appeared in “Foreign Intrigue,” the 1951 television drama series that ran for three seasons.
From 1982 to 1988, she played Detective Mary Beth Lacey in the CBS police crime drama “Cagney & Lacey”, for which she won four Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Lead Actress of a Drama Series, in 1983, ‘84, ‘85 and 1988 – she was nominated in 1986 and 1987, but the award instead went to Sharon Gless, her co-star in the series. It ended up as a box office success, but Tyne’s performance was picked apart by some critics. Some praised what she brought to the film, while others critiqued her for being too ‘mannered.’ In 1991, she guest-starred in “Wings” as Brian Hackett’s girlfriend, social worker Maxine Gray. Brian – who is played by Steven Weber – is Joe’s brother, portrayed by Tyne’s brother, Tim. Maxine was also a character in the CBS drama “Judging Amy” – Maxine is Amy’s mother. In 2000, Tyne attended the National Association of Social Workers to discuss everything she’d learned from social work texts and social workers to portray her character as accurately as possible.
‘I take from you because you are the ones dealing with all the bad institutions of our society: institutionalized poverty, racism, and cynicism.’
She played Alice Henderson from 1994 to 1995 in the television series “Christy” – another award-winning performance as proved by the 1996 Emmy Awards, as was her portrayal of Maxine Gray in “Judging Amy” from 1999 to 2005. Tyne won her sixth Emmy in 2003.
In 2003 she appeared as Anne Cunningham in the Lifetime television movie “Undercover Christmas.” Her character is a mother devoted to maintaining peace in the family who mostly consist of lawyers, who don’t approve of Anne’s son’s girlfriend who works as an FBI agent. In 2010, she guest-starred in the series “Burn Notice”, reuniting with Sharon Gless.
She joined the “Murphy Brown” revival cast in the fall of 2018 to play Phyllis – she runs the bar that her brother owns, which is frequented by the main cast, Murphy and her co-workers.
Younger audiences may know Tyne as Anna Marie Hoag in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which premiered on the big screen in 2017. Her latest television performance was in a 2019 episode of “Madam Secretary”, alongside her brother Tim.
In 1967 she made her Broadway debut in the short-lived play “That Summer, That Fall”.
In 1988, she appeared in Dolly Parton’s television variety series “Dolly,” to sing a duet with the star. Broadway producer Barry Brown saw the episode, and was highly impressed by Tyne’s performance – he wanted to cast her as the leading role, Rose in the “Gypsy” revival. “Cagney & Lacey” wrapped filming, so Tyne agreed to audition and got the part. In April of the following year, “Gypsy” toured 14 US cities before opening on Broadway in November, which won her a Tony Award in the Best Actress in a Musical category in 1990. She left “Gypsy” that July, replaced by Linda Lavin from April 1991 to July 1991 when it closed.
In 1992 she appeared as Madame Arkadina in another revival – “The Seagull,” directed by Anton Chekhov. She then went on to play Sally Adams in “Call Me Madam,” a staged concert in the City Center Encores! in February 1995. At the Los Angeles Theater Center in April 1997 she portrayed Lola in “Come Back, Little Sheba.”
She received Tony nominations for both her roles in 2006’s “Rabbit Hole” and 2014’s “Mothers and Sons.” In “Rabbit Hole,” Tyne played the mother of the protagonist who was portrayed by actress Cynthia Nixon. Two years later in January, at the McCarter theater in Princeton, New Jersey, she played Mother in “Me, Myself & I,” directed by Edward Albee. In 2009 she was in “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” a member of the original cast.
From 14 June to 4 September 2011, she starred in “Master Class” as Maria Callas at the Manhattan Theater Club, then from 7 February until 28 April 2012, she reprised her role in the West End production at the Vaudeville Theater.
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“It Shoulda Been You” allowed Tyne to debut the character Judy Steinberg at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey from 4 October to 6 November 2011; the musical production ran on Broadway in 2015.
From 2011 to 2012, Tyne played Maria Callas in “Master Class,” in London’s West End and on Broadway.
At Feinstein’s, Loews Regency, New York City in January 2010, she performed “Second Time Around,” a cabaret act which she’d previously performed at the same venue in May 2009.
Tyne has won an impressive total of six Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. In 2011 she became an inductee into the American Theater Hall of Fame.
After meeting at AMDA, Tyne married Georg Stanford Brown in 1966, but they divorced 24 years later in 1990. They had three daughters together, including actress Kathryne Dora Brow; their other two daughters are named Alisabeth and Alyxandra.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Tyne is considered a feminist icon; especially following her role in “Cagney & Lacey”, as her character is a female detective which was quite unusual to see at the time. The show also focused on Lacey’s work life more so than her life at home, which was another change of pace.
Tyne has insisted on looking natural and her age in all of her projects. Throughout “Judging Amy”’s run, she kept her hair gray and refused to dye it.
Tyne has brown eyes and brown hair – now gray. She stands at 5ft 5ins (1.66m) tall, and weighs about 155lbs (70kg).
Net worth and salary
As of May 2022, Tyne has an estimated net worth of $8 million, reputedly earning over $1 million a year. Her impressive net worth is thanks to her hard-working ethic; she has been working as an actor from the tender age of 15, and throughout her acting career, Tyne has had a non-stop work schedule between television, stage and film.