The Lady Cops

Dan Hallman

Tyne Daly (16 noms, 6 wins) and Sharon Gless (10 noms, 2 wins)

It's easy to remember Cagney & Lacey simply as "that 1980s female cop show," but the power of the Emmy-winning CBS drama series (1981-88) far outweighs such a trite mantle. Just ask its co-stars Tyne Daly, 65, and Sharon Gless, 68, whose relentless performances as New York City police detectives Mary Beth Lacey and Christine Cagney netted them four and two Emmy statuettes, respectively, allowing for a legendary six-year domination of the drama actress category. "When you've lost to Tyne Daly three years in a row and you finally hear your name, it's explosive," Gless says of her first win in 1986. "I remember I was wearing a yellow gown, and when he opened the envelope, Michael J. Fox said: 'Oh, this is great! Sharon Gless!' It was one of the most exciting moments in my life." Both women say the series' impact on their careers has been formidable, and it shows: Gless also has been nominated for a guest role on FX's Nip/Tuck and for supporting actress on her current series, USA's Burn Notice. Daly, a busy Broadway performer (she currently can be seen in Master Class), also won for supporting work on the prairie epic Christy and the family legal drama Judging Amy, both on CBS. "The legacy of winning for Cagney & Lacey meant that I would be asked to keep working," says Daly. "And Sharon's friendship has meant there's a person who understands more than anyone else what that time in our lives meant. Seeing her again here felt like we hadn't missed a beat."

Photographed by Dan Hallman on Sept. 2 at Eagles Nest Studio in New York.

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