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In the Limelight: Tyne Daly as McDreamy's Mom - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 28th 2008 12:29PM
Tyne Daly in Grey's AnatomyI've been a fan of Tyne Daly going back to her Cagney & Lacey days. I loved that show! It kind of made me want to be a cop - for about three minutes anyway.

So I was ultra excited when I heard she would be playing McDreamy's mom on Grey's Anatomy. Isabelle posted a spoiler about it last week. Apparently, Tyne will be playing Derek's mom, Carolyn, who travels to Seattle to meet Meredith for the first time. You know, I can really see her as Derek's mom. That's good casting.

I've got a little clip below from Access Hollywood, but first, let me sing Tyne's praises for a minute. Here's a woman who never really fit into the Hollywood "mold" (i.e. blonde and/or thin and/or a party animal), and that's probably why she's been working steadily in the entertainment industry for some 50 years. Yes, on her IMDB page, her first credit was "girl" in a TV show called Foreign Intrigue in 1954. She went on to do bit parts in dozens of TV shows until landing the role of Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey from 1982 to 1988.

She was the stable, married partner of the wilder, more emotional Detective Christine Cagney, played by Sharon Gless. Those two had such an interesting relationship and, of course, it was a thrill seeing two female cops as partners. Have we seen that since then? I know there are lots of female cops partnered with male cops (Life springs to mind), but I'm not coming up with two female cops right off the bat. I'm sure there are some, though - post in the comments if you can think of any.

She also played the tough, opinionated mom of Amy Brenneman's character on Judging Amy from 1999 to 2005. While that show was generally too sappy for me - I couldn't get on board with women arguing at each other all the time - I appreciated the considerable acting talents of the leads.

Not only has Tyne Daly spanned across TV and movies (remember her as a cop in Clint Eastwood's The Enforcer in 1974?), she's also had a highly successful career on the stage, earning a Tony Award in 1990 for a revival of Gypsy.

She does it all, and I can't wait to see her liven things up at Seattle Grace in January. And in some cross-family-spinoff-thingy news, Tyne's brother, Tim Daly, plays Dr. Pete Wilder on Private Practice, which, of course, is a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy. Not only that, but Amy Brenneman (see above connection) plays Violet on that same show. Hmmm...

Check out this little clip from Access Hollywood:

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I haven't watched Grey's since Isaiah Washington was fired. I love Tyne Daly, so maybe I'll check her out. Also miss Yang and Bailey, but the show doesn't seem as good anymore. Also, hard to take Derek, George, and that awful Katherine Heigl.

December 03 2008 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let me just second everything you said, except for Judging Amy. I really liked that series especially for the flawed but strong relationship between Daly and Brenneman's characters. Hey, it even launched the career of Tom Welling. As for Cagney and Lacey, I was watching that series when I was a kid -- even the first season when Cagney was played by Meg Foster.

I'm interested to see what chemistry she has with the actors of Grey's Anatomy, who aren't even close to the talent of Tyne Daly. Daly tends to be a very in your face actress but not in a bad way, the actors around her just need to be on their toes.

Now, if they could only get her on Burn Notice with Sharon Gless.

November 28 2008 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

There's a cool plot line waiting to happen! Considering Tyne's extremist abortion positions, they could do a story line have Derek's mother still involved in a lawsuit suing the doctor who failed in his attempt to abort Derek.
Naw that would take a pair.

November 28 2008 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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