Tyne Daly is an American actress best known for her roles as detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney and Lacey (125 episodes) and as Maxine Gray in Judging Amy (138 episodes).
Daly set an Emmy Award record September 8, 1996 becoming the Academy's most honoured dramatic actress when she won her fifth Emmy as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Christy, having won four previous awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Cagney & Lacey.
She also won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical as Mama Rose in Gypsy.
She made her professional debut at the Bucks County Playhouse and her New York debut in George S. Kaufman's The Butter and Egg Man at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
She studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy before moving to Los Angeles and appearing in her first television role on The Virginian.
Prior to 1990 she appeared in the made-for-TV movies intimate Strangers (Emmy nomination), The Entertainer, Larry, The Women's Room, The Man Who Could Talk With Kids, The Mating Call, Kids Like These, Stuck With Each Other, The Last To Go, and Face of a Stranger.
Feature films she has appeared in include John & Mary, The Enforcer, Telefon, The Aviator, Zoot Suit, and Move and Shakers.
Between film and television work, Daly returned to the stage in productions of Ashes, Three Sisters, Gethseamne Springs, The Rimers of Eldritch, The Birthday Party, Old Times, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Moby Dick Rehearsed, and Come Back Little Sheba, for which she won the prestigious Drama-Logue Award as Outstanding Actress in 1987.
In 1990, after the re-opening of Gypsy on Broadway, for which she also won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, she returned to Los Angeles to star in the Long Beach Civic Light Opera production of Queen of the Stardust Ballroom.
She appeared on The Trials of Rosie O'Neill and was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on Wings.
In the 1992 television season, Daly guest-starred on Columbo: A Bird in the Hand, played the Embodiment of Evil on The Swamp Thing, and starred in Conan The Librarian, No Room for Opal, and Great Wide World Over There, which she filmed in New Zealand for The Ray Bradbury Theatre.
The 1994 television season brought to air Daly's second appearance on Columbo, Wallflower for the Janek series, and six episodes of Christy. She reunited with Sharon Gless and John Karlen for Cagney and Lacey: The Return for two movies-of-the-week.
The 1995-1996 television season brought two more Cagney and Lacey movies-of-the-week and Bye, Bye Birdie for ABC, in which she co-starred with Vanessa Williams and Jason Alexander. It also brought her a ninth Emmy nomination for Christy, which later became her fifth Emmy Award.
In the fall of 1996, she starred in the CBS film The Perfect Mother and PBS' 25th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center.
In '97 and '98, Daly co-starred with Mimi Rogers in Tricks for Showtime, and completed the independent film The Lay of the Land. She later returned to London to do Anything Goes for the BBC, recorded the best selling Any Given Day, and workshopped a one woman show, Mystery School at Sundance.
She also filmed Vig opposite Peter Falk in New York City, and acted in Mystery School for a limited Off-Broadway, New York City run for which she was nominated for a 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for best solo performance.
She also starred in The Autumn Heart with Ally Sheedy, which competed in the 1999 Sundance Film Festival in the dramatic competition and The Simian Line, opposite William Hurt and Lynn Redgrave.
From 1999-2005 she starred opposite Amy Brenneman in the dramatic series Judging Amy. She has not appeared on screen since Judging Amy ended.