A Love That Triumphed Over Prejudice
Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly, two Hollywood actors, defied societal norms in the 1960s when they embarked on an interracial relationship. Back then, such unions were considered taboo and even illegal in many parts of the United States. But their love stood strong in the face of adversity, as they decided to get married on June 1, 1966, just one year before interracial marriage became legal nationwide.
A Journey Through the Entertainment Industry
Georg Stanford Brown’s journey in the entertainment industry began when he moved from Havana to Harlem at the age of 7. His passion for theater arts led him to Los Angeles, where he completed his education and majored in theater arts. Initially, he saw theater as an easy option, but his love for it grew, and he went on to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
It was at the Academy that he met his future wife, Tyne Daly, where they both studied under Philip Burton, who was a mentor to Richard Burton. Georg Stanford Brown is best known for his role as Officer Terry Webster in the popular ABC television series “The Rookies” and as Tom Harvey in the mini-series “Roots.”
A Trailblazing Couple in Hollywood
When Brown married Tyne Daly, she was already a household name for her iconic role as Mary Beth Lacey, the gun-toting working-mother cop in the hit show “Cagney and Lacey.” As an interracial couple, they faced racial prejudice, but they chose to overlook it. Their resilience shone through when they appeared on an episode of “The Rookies” together and shared their first on-screen interracial kiss.
Network censors wanted the scene deleted, but the couple stood their ground. The segment was recorded and aired, without any issues from those closest to them. In an interview, Daly expressed her view on marriage: “I have a good and interesting marriage that has gone on for quite some time, and he’s an interesting fellow.”
A Family That Transcends Labels
Georg and Tyne have three daughters: Alisabeth, Kathryne, and Alyxandra. When their youngest daughter, Alyxandra, was born, they challenged societal conventions by putting “human” under the race category on her birth certificate. Their marriage was a symbol of unity, embracing a world where labels hold no power.
Despite divorcing after 24 years of marriage, Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly’s love story is an inspiration for all. They never let prejudice define their relationship, and their journey in the entertainment industry left an indelible mark.
Their unwavering love and their fight against prejudice serve as a beacon of hope. Let us celebrate their story and share their inspiring journey with the world.