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Girl Talk: Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless

As 'Cagney & Lacey' comes to DVD, the stars catch up by phone (and let us listen in)

Sharon: My color is yellow. But it has to be a particular shade of yellow.

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Tyne: (Laughing) "Buoyant Spring!" Sharon is a "Buoyant Spring." Now ask me why I know that. (I ask how she knows that) I know she's a "Buoyant Spring" because her grandmother took her to have her color chart done when she was going to become a lady of society, before she learned her true calling. (Sharon laughs) I had never heard of a color chart …

Sharon: Well, I treated Tyne to hers, and Tyne is a "Metallic Autumn."

Tyne: See?

Sharon: Very dramatic.

Tyne: I can do gold and silver and brass all together.

Sharon: Mixed metals.

Tyne: Anyway … Bill?

(AARP: Oh, yeah. I'm supposed to ask questions here, aren't I? You get along so wonderfully. Aren't two leading ladies supposed to hate each other?)

Sharon: That's what the press tried to do. They just could not conceive of two people — especially actresses …

Tyne: (defiantly) Yeah.

Sharon: … sharing the limelight together and getting along. And we really loved each other.

Sharon Gless: "Tyne Daly is the most generous, generous actor."

Tyne: (tenderly) Yeah. After awhile there was a determination that they wouldn't be able to divide and conquer. Some producers and some directors feel that's necessary to keep some kind of weird dramatic tension going.

Sharon: Name names, Tyne! We swore allegiance from the beginning. I would like you to know that I was the third "Cagney" (Loretta Swit played the role in the pilot movie; Meg Foster played Cagney during the show's first season). And Tyne Daly is the most generous, generous actor.

Tyne: I'm not …

Sharon: She welcomed me as if she had not had anybody before me. And I know her heart was hurting because she loved her last Cagney.

Tyne: Yeah, Meg and I got to be pals, and there's always pain involved in situations where you're getting to be buddies …

Sharon: The first scene we filmed for the show, we were out at some bar someplace. I was running across the street and fell. That was my entrance as Cagney. I was not supposed to fall.

Tyne: (Chirpily) Well, I think falling on your face, or your butt, is always a very good way to start! Anyway, I don't know how generous I am. I was just …

Sharon: You are!

Tyne: … interested in, you know, the product we were making.

Next page: Find out which star is an AARP member. »

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