Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly, both Hollywood actors, dated for barely five months before they realized they wanted to be together forever.
Their romance began in the 1960s, when interracial marriage was outlawed and punished by law.
They married on June 1, 1966, one year before interracial marriage became legal in the United States. Such weddings were outlawed in 31 states in the United States as late as 1960.
Georg Stanford Brown traveled from Havana to Harlem when he was seven years old, and then to Los Angeles ten years later to complete his schooling, concentrating in theater arts.
Despite first selecting theater arts to ‘do something simple,’ he ended up liking it and went to New York to enter the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, earning $80 per week as a school janitor to fund his tuition.
He met his future wife Tyne Daly there, where they both studied under Philip Burton, Richard Burton’s instructor.
Brown is arguably best recognized for his portrayal of Officer Terry Webster on the ABC television series “The Rookies,” which ran from 1972 to 1976.
He was also well-known for his role as Tom Harvey in the television miniseries “Roots.”
Brown’s distinguished career as an actor and director included parts such as Henri Philipot in The Comedians and Dr. Willard in Bullitt. He played Lew Gilbert in The Jesse Owens Story in 1984.When Brown wedded American singer and actress Tyne Daly she was a big name because of her legendary portrayal as Mary Beth Lacey, the gun-toting working-mother cop in the television program “Cagney and Lacey.”
When the pair married, they suffered racial discrimination but opted to overlook it until they featured together on an episode of “The Rookies” and enjoyed their first on-screen interracial kiss.
The sequence was removed by network censors, but the pair remained firm and recorded and broadcast the program without complaint from those closest to them.
In an interview in 1985, Daly stated that she never considered her marriage to Brown to be multiracial.
She is married to another human race member. She stopped categorizing herself a long time ago, she continued.
Alisabeth Brown, born December 12, 1967, Kathryne Dora Brown, born February 10, 1971, and Alyxandra Beatris Brown, born October 1, 1985 are the couple’s three children.
Daly stated that when their daughter Alyxandra was born, they put ‘human’ under ‘race,’ ‘yes’ under ‘sex,’ and ‘citizen of the world’ under ethnic origin.”
She has a wonderful and intriguing marriage that has gone on for quite some time, and he’s a wonderful person, and they have some amazing kids, Daly said of her marriage to Brown.
Brown went on to direct, and for the final episode of “Cagney & Lacey,” he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Director in a Drama Series in 1986.
Daly went on to star in other Broadway productions, including Madame Arkadina in “The Seagull” in 1992, Cynthia Nixon in the 2006 comedy “Rabbit Hole,” and Maria Callas in “Master Class” in 2011.
Brown and Daly divorced in 1990, after 24 years of marriage. Despite the fact that their marriage had lasted the test of time, they had to divorce owing to major disagreements.
Although splitting after more than two decades, this couple’s love and determination to overcome discrimination is an encouragement.
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