The marriage which defeated all odds- Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly’s interracial marriage

Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly started their love affair in the 1960s. The two Hollywood actors only dated for five months before they decided they were going to be together for the rest of their lives.

George Stanford Brown in 1972, photo from the television program The Rookies.

Their interracial marriage was regarded as taboo and never heard of, but they were able to defeat all odds and stick together.

They married on June 1, 1966, which was before interracial marriage was legalized in the US.

At the age of seven, Georg Stanford Brown had moved from Havana to Harlem and at the age of 10 moved to LA, where he completed his education and majored in Theatre Arts.

circa 1975: American actor Tyne Daly and her husband, Cuban-born actor George Stanford Brown, attend a performance of the British National Theatre, London, England. Brown holds a small cigar in one hand. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)

At first, he choose theatre arts as he wanted to do something easy, but he ended up enjoying it and making the best out of it.

Brown returned to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, working as a school janitor to pay his tuition, earning $80 a week.

(Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)

It was there he met his wife Tyne Daly as they both studied under Philip Burton, Richard Burton’s mentor.

Brown is best known for his role in stars of the ABC television series “The Rookies” that aired from 1972 to 1976 as Officer Terry Webster.

Before Brown got married to Tyne Daly, she was an American actor and a singer who was already a household name.

Tyne Daly and Georg Stanford Brown during 34th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

She’s best known for her role in Mary Beth Lacey, the gun-toting working-mother cop in the hit show “Cagney and Lacey.”

The couple faced a lot of backlashes because they weren’t of the same skin color. The height of it all was after appearing on an episode of ”The Rookies” where they shared a kiss together. Many wanted the scene deleted, but they didn’t listen to what people had to say.

Brown went into directing, and in 1986, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Director in a Drama Series for the final episode of “Cagney & Lacey.

In an interview with the Washington Post in 1985, Daly said she never saw being married to Brown as interracial. She does not, she says, “like pigeonholes.”

She is married to “another member of the human race. I gave up categories a long time ago,” she added.

Describing her marriage to Brown, Daly said: “I have a good and interesting marriage that has gone on for quite some time and he’s an interesting fellow and we have some fascinating young children . . .”

Tyne Daly and daughters during The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

After 24 years of marriage, the couple divorced for irreconcilable differences in 1990.

Even if they didn’t stay until the end, they will always be remembered as the marriage which stood the test of time.

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