Love Conquering Prejudice: The Inspirational Story of Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly

Hollywood actors Georg Stanford Brown and Tyne Daly overcame discrimination and broke social conventions to create a lasting love. When their narrative started in the 1960s, interracial marriage was still frowned upon and prohibited in many US states. However, their love won out.

Just one year before interracial marriage was legalized nationwide, on June 1, 1966, they exchanged vows. Considering that such weddings were illegal in 31 states as late as 1960, it was an audacious and brave effort.

Georg Stanford Brown had his own road before becoming well-known in Hollywood. At the age of seven, he relocated from Havana to Harlem. Later, he made his home in Los Angeles, where he continued his studies with a theater arts degree. At first, Brown just considered pursuing a career in theater to be a casual decision that would be “easy.”

But he soon warmed up to it, and he enrolled in New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He earned a meager $80 a week working as a school janitor, which helped him pay for his tuition.

It was while attending the academy that Brown met Tyne Daly, the woman who would become his wife. Philip Burton, the famous actor Richard Burton’s mentor, taught both of them. Later, Brown became well-known for his portrayal of Officer Terry Webster in the hit ABC series “The Rookies,” which ran from 1972 to 1976. His portrayal of Tom Harvey in the ground-breaking miniseries “Roots” has had a lasting impression.

However, when she and Brown got married, Tyne Daly was already well-known. Her most well-known character was Mary Beth Lacey, the armed working mother police officer from the popular sitcom “Cagney and Lacey.”

Throughout their marriage, the couple encountered racial prejudice, but they made the decision to ignore it and not let society’s narrow-minded opinions define them. When they shared their first interracial kiss on film in an episode of “The Rookies,” their fortitude and tenacity were put to the test. The sequence was threatened with removal by network censors, but Daly and Brown stood their position. Their steadfast devotion to one another and their convictions was evident in the flawless taping and broadcast of the program.

In 1985, Daly gave an interview to the Washington Post in which she discussed her thoughts about her marriage to Brown. She refused to be put into categories, viewing it simply as being married to “another member of the human race.” Their relationship was based on love and common principles rather than race.

Alisabeth Brown (born December 12, 1967), Kathryne Dora Brown (born February 10, 1971), and Alyxandra Beatris Brown (born October 1, 1985) are Brown and Daly’s three amazing daughters together. They made the decision to embrace their child’s individuality and reject labels in favor of raising them with an open mind. They listed “human” under race, “yes” under sex, and “citizen of the world” under ethnic origin on the birth certificate of their daughter Alyxandra.

Despite the fact that Brown and Daly’s marriage finally ended in divorce after 24 years, their love tale is still inspirational. They proved that love has no boundaries by rejecting prejudice and conventional norms. Let’s honor their incredible journey and tell their tale of love triumphing over all obstacles.

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