Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
Ellen Tyne Daly
February 21, 1946
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Georg Stanford Brown
(m. 1966; div. 1990)
|Relatives||James Daly (father)|
Tim Daly (brother)
Sam Daly (nephew)
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.
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). She also plays Anne Marie Hoag in Marvel Studios' Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
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.
Daly appeared in the CBS police-procedural crime drama Cagney & Lacey as Mary Beth Lacey, the married working mother. She won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series four times, in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, and was a nominee in 1986 and 1987. 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."
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. Among her later television roles, Daly reunited with Cagney & Lacey costar Sharon Gless in a 2010 guest role on the series Burn Notice.
In the fall of 2018, Daly joined the cast of the revival of the Murphy Brown series, playing the character of Phyllis, who runs the bar which Murphy and her coworkers often patronize.
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. Cagney & Lacey 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.
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. 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. She appeared as Sally Adams in the City Center Encores! staged concert of Call Me Madam in February 1995. In regional theatre, she played Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, in April 1997.
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. In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. She was cast as Inspector Harry Callahan's first female partner, Kate Moore, in the 1976 Dirty Harry film The Enforcer. The film was critically panned, though a box office success. Daly's performance divided critics, with some calling it too "mannered" for film, while others praised the strength she brought to the role. The concept of a male/female police partnership was later used as the basis for the television show Hunter.
Daly has been identified as a feminist icon in the media, particularly based on her television role in Cagney and Lacey. 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. 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.
|1969||John and Mary||Hillary|
|1972||Play It As It Lays||Journalist|
|1973||The Adulteress||Inez Steiner|
|1976||The Enforcer||Kate Moore|
|1981||Zoot Suit||Alice Bloomfield|
|1985||The Aviator||Evelyn Stiller|
|Movers & Shakers||Nancy Derman|
|1997||The Lay of the Land||Dr. Guttmacher|
|1999||The Autumn Heart||Ann|
|2000||The Simian Line||Arnita|
|A Piece of Eden||Aunt Aurelia|
|2015||Hello, My Name Is Doris||Roz|
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Anne-Marie Hoag|
|2018||The Ballad of Buster Scruggs||Lady (Mrs. Betjeman)||(segment "The Mortal Remains")|
|A Bread Factory, Part One||Dorothea|
|A Bread Factory, Part Two|
|1954||Foreign Intrigue||Girl||Episode: "International Finance"|
|1968||General Hospital||Caroline Beale|
|1968||The 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||The Mod Squad||Dolores Abernathy||Episode: "The Death of Wild Bill Hannachek"|
|1970||The 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||TV movie|
|1971||A Howling in the Woods||Sally Bixton||TV 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||TV movie|
|1972||Young Dr. Kildare||Episode: "The Thing with Feathers"|
|1972||The 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||The Rookies||Marly Devon||Episode: "A Farewell Tree from Marly"|
|1973||The Man Who Could Talk to Kids||Susie Datweiler||TV movie|
|1974||Larry||Nancy Hockworth||TV movie|
|1974||The Rookies||Lucille Baker||Episode: "Time Lock"|
|1974||The 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||The Wide World of Mystery||Laurie||Episode: "The Haunting of Penthouse D"|
|1975||Lucas Tanner||Jenny Milo||Episode: "Collision"|
|1975||The Law||Lucy||3 episodes|
|1975||Medical Center||Liz Lathem||Episode: "Gift from a Killer"|
|1975||The Rookies||Mary||Episode: "Cliffy"|
|1976||The Entertainer||Jean||TV movie|
|1976||The 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 Then Never||Ms. Davis||TV movie|
|1980||The Women's Room||Adele||TV movie|
|1980||Quincy, M.E.||Madeline Estes||Episode: "The Night Killer"|
|1981||A Matter of Life and Death||Donna||TV 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||TV movie|
|1983||The Mississippi||Episode: "The Shooting"|
|1987||Kids Like These||Joanna Goodman||TV movie|
|1989||Stuck with Each Other||Sylvia Cass||TV movie|
|1991||The Last to Go||Mary Ellen||TV movie|
|1991||Face of a Stranger||Dollie Madison||TV movie|
|1991||The 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||The 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||TV movie|
|1993||Scattered Dreams||Kathryn Messenger||TV movie|
|1994||The Forget-Me-Not Murders||Dr. Archer||TV movie|
|1994||Christy||Alice Henderson||TV movie|
|1994||Cagney & Lacey: The Return||Mary Beth Lacey||TV movie|
|1994||Columbo||Dorothea McNally||Episode: "Undercover"|
|1994||The 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||The Nanny||Mona||Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"|
|1995||The Magic School Bus||Dr. Tennelli||Voice, Episode: "Going Batty"|
|1995||Cagney & Lacey: Together Again||Mary Beth Lacey||TV movie|
|1995||Bye Bye Birdie||Mae Peterson||TV movie|
|1995||Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling||Mary Beth Lacey||TV movie|
|1996||Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions||Mary Beth Lacey||Movie|
|1997||The Perfect Mother||Elanie Podaras||TV movie|
|1998||For Your Love||Mary Winston||Episode: "The Mother of All Visits"|
|1999||Three Secrets||Shelley||TV movie|
|1999||Absence of the Good||Dr. Marcia Lyons||TV movie|
|1999||Execution of Justice||Goldie Judge||TV movie|
|1999||Veronica's Closet||Emily Blair||Episode: "Veronica's from Venus/Josh's Parents Are from Mars"|
|1999||The 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||The Wedding Dress||Joan Delano||TV movie|
|2003||Undercover Christmas||Anne Cunningham||TV movie|
|2009||Georgia O'Keeffe||Mabel Dodge Stern||TV movie|
|2009-2019||Grey's Anatomy||Carolyn Shepherd||Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil", "Good Shepherd"|
|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||TV movie|
|2018||Murphy Brown||Phyllis||13 episodes|
|2019||Madam Secretary||Senator Amy Ross||1 episode|
|Year||Production||Playwright||Role||Notes and awards|
|1967||That Summer - That Fall|
|1992||The Seagull||Anton Chekhov||Madame Arkadina|
|2006||Rabbit Hole||David Lindsay-Abaire||Nat||
|2011||Master Class||Terrence McNally||Maria Callas||
|2014||Mothers and Sons||Terrence McNally||Katharine Gerard||
|2015||It Shoulda Been You||Brian Hargrove||Judy Steinberg||
|Year||Production||Playwright||Role||Notes and awards|
|2009||Love, Loss, and What I Wore||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||Jean Kerr||Performances: Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania|
|2008||Agamemnon||Aeschylus||Clytaemnestra||Performances: Getty Villa, Malibu, California|
|2010||The Second Time Around||Cabaret||Performances: Feinstein's at the Regency, New York City (January 2010)|
|Master Class||Terrence McNally||Maria Callas||Performances: Kennedy Center (March 25, 2010 – April 18, 2010)|
|2011||It Shoulda Been You||Brian Hargrove, Barbara Anselmi||Mother of the Bride|
|2012||Master Class||Terrence McNally||Maria Callas||Performances: Vaudeville Theatre, London (January 21, 2012 – April 28, 2012)|
|2017||Chasing Mem'ries: A Different Kind of Musical||Josh Ravetch||Victoria||Performances: The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles (October 2017 - December 2017)|
Awards and recognition
- Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Cagney and Lacey in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Christy in 1996
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Judging Amy in 2003
She was also recognized for the following:
- 1990: Won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Rose in Gypsy
- 2006: Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in Rabbit Hole
- 1995: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 2002: Awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television
- 2011: Inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame
- 2017: Awarded the Gingold Theatrical Group Golden Shamrock Award
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