Tyne Daly and her husband
TYNE DALY GETS HER GUN, GEORG BROWN FINDS HIS 'ROOTS" AND THEIR MARRIAGE PROSPERS
For Tyne Daly and Georg Stanford Brown, 1977 may well be the year when fame and fortune arrive on their door-step. But Georg is having misgivings. After spending four years pounding a beat with ABC's The Rookies, he isn't sure he likes the idea of his wife coming on like Dirty Harriet in Clint Eastwood's latest law'n'disorder smash, The Enforcer. "Yeah, she's the new cop in the family." he growls. "Get her in uniform, give her a .357 Magnum, drive her list through the
glass-Poom! Poom! Poom! The whole part is one big sexist joke."
Tyne Is not intimidated by Brown's fulminations. "I did it ,and I'm glad," she says of her role as "Dirty Harry" Callahan's green sidekick. "I made that girl a real person, not just some bionic c!own." So believably did Daly throw herself into this part-after interviewing policewomen and practicing with a .38-that, according to an awed Eastwood, "When my lawyer saw her on the set he thought she was the technical adviser."
Meanwhile Georg (he dropped the final "L," in an effort to spice up a name he considered prosaic) had turned in his badge as The Rookies' Officer Terry Webster in times to land one of TV's choicest roles. This week he is starring in the climactic two evenings of ABC's $6 million, 1 2-hour production of Roots. Brown calls the part of Civil War-era blacksmith Tom Harvey, great-grandfather of author Alex Haley, "the most wonderful part I've ever had." (It is also, he notes, one of TV's rare serious roles for a black man. "There is no way you can live in this country as a person of color and not feel left out because of it," he declares. "They're not writing scripts for me or for Third World people or for women.")
The sudden rush of success, Tyne muses, "can make you crazy trying to figure it out." At 30, she's had as many downs as ups while appearing in 60-odd TV shows and in movies like John and Mary and Play It As It Lays. Georg, 33, graduated from spear-carrying roles with the Now York Shakespeare Festival to movies like The Man and Bullltt before swallowing his initial qualms about policemen and joining The Rookies.
For Tyne, becoming an actress was simply joining the family business, Her parents (divorced since 1966) are Broadway (J.B.) and TV (Medical Center) star James Daly and character, actress Hope Newell. "I grew up with people like Helen Hayes sitting in our living room," remembers Tyne. "It was glamorous, no gettng around it." She studied in Europe while her dad was filming TV's Foreign Intrigue, and later she set up her own drama department at a private school back in the U.S.
She eventually flunked out of Brandeis -"intentionally," she says-before begging Dad to send her to acting school. Daly says of 'his daughter now, "Tyne never ceases to amaze me. She's a hell of an actress."
Georg took a more roundabout route to the stage. Born in pre-Castro Cuba, he moved with his Jamacan parents to 132nd Street in Harlem. His mother, a domestic,"gave us a vision-a feeling that there was more to the world that just where we were," he remembers. "A lot of the kids I ran around with then are in jail now or dead."
At 16, Brown dropped out of high school, bummed around awhile. then went to work for a company that drove other people's cars to California. Three years later, on an impulse, he took the
entrance exam to Los Angeles City College. Excited by his drama classes, he returned to New York and swept floors as an $80-a-week janitor to pay his way through the American Musical and DramaticAcademy.
He and Tyne met while studying at AMDA under Philip Burton, Richard Burton's mentor. Once married (after living together two years), they moved into a cold-water flat, where, she re-' calls with a wince, "roaches crept out of the cereal we'd been eating all week. There's nothing glamorous about starving." After her first Broadway show bombed, she fled to France where Georg was filming the Comedians. "Can you imagine?" she ,wonders now. "I'm 20 years old and I go to the Riviera to recover. it was to-tally irresponsible. We spent all our money and came back dead broke."
Neither set of parents had any serious reservations about the interracial marriage and Tyne regards race as irrelevant lo their 12-year-old union. "I didn't come into this as the white person and Georg as the black person," Tyne snaps. "That has less to do with it than almost anything else-like sex and finding our own identities." She adds ironically, "If we did divorce, the first thing people would say is, 'See, it can't work out between a white person and a black.' "
Not the least of the ties that bind Brown and Daly is their passionate parenthood of daughters Elizabeth, 9, and Kathryne (inheritor of Georg's lost "e"), who'll be 6 next month. Disdaining such Hollywood accoutrements as nannies and housekeepers, both Tyne and Georg are fiercely conscientious with the kids (though Georg plays "tickle monster" for comic relief). They will not take the girls to watch Mommy abet The Enforcer's R-rated bloodletting and have switched off several Rookies episodes. (Roots,.though, has Tyne and Georg's unqualified endorsement.)
A reluctant housekeeper, Tyne will often perform her domestic chores in the nude at the couples.Benedict Can-yon home., When she can, she turns the tasks over to her ex-janitor husband. "He's a Cancer and a nest-builder," she explains. "He does it all, and I live in it. I do the car pool, and act, and make love and mistakes."
Midway through their marriage, Tyne decided that her wedding vow "to love, honor and obey" was outdated and briefly stopped wearing her wedding band. She admits she and Georg have weathered occasional bouts of professional jealousy, but doesn't regret the life she has chosen. "I love being different. I've been stared at first with my father, then with my husband. Now it's with my kids or because I'm an actress and people think they recognize me. That's fine with me."
Both Tyne and Georg are deter-mined not to sacrifice their family life to their careers-or vice versa, "I'm very piggy," says Tyne. "I can't imagine one without the other." Her next movie will be Telefon, with Charles Bronson. Next fall she stars with Charles Durnng in The Dancing Bear on PBS's Visions. Brown, an ardent photographer, is also nursing a career as a director. He's done four Rookies segments and an episode of Charlie's Angels with Rookies alumna Kate Jackson.
What's next? "Who knows?" Georg says with A whimsical shrug . "I'd give my let arm to do a musical. Or maybe I'll go into engineering or gardening." He lest an affectionate glance fall on his wife. "I don't know where our lives are going, "he muses, "but I do know we've been damn lucky.
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