(AARP: So how long did it take for you to get to this point, where I put the two of you together on the phone and then I just disappear?)
Sharon: You don't exist, Bill! Thanks for hooking up this call for Tyne and me!
(AARP: But really, how long did it take to become friends?)
Tyne: Between 17 minutes and 21, probably.
Sharon: My first day on the set was actually Tyne Daly's birthday.
Tyne: Really? How do you remember these things?
Sharon: I remember because I dressed up as a clown! I was so nervous. I didn't know her very well, but I wanted to participate. They were gonna have a cake for her, and I said, "Do you have a clown outfit?" Well, they came up with a clown outfit! I went out like Bozo …
Tyne: I mean, the full clown!
Sharon: Full clown!
Tyne: Really elaborate.
Sharon: I did a whole clown act for her, and I had her fooled for quite awhile, but then I couldn't breathe under that mask so I took it off.
(They take turns laughing)
(AARP: How did you react when the show was finally canceled?)
Tyne: I think I was the feisty one. I didn't want it to be over.
Sharon: Me, I was in Hazelden (an addiction treatment center).
(Both laughing uproariously)
Sharon: And they wouldn't let me have the news! I guess they were afraid I was gonna go off the end. (More laughing) And someone sent me a newspaper and I went into my counselor's office. I knocked on the door and I said, (meekly) "Excuse me, I just got this newspaper that says my show's been canceled." She said, "Would everyone leave the room? Please come in, Miss Gless."
Tyne: (Laughing uncontrollably) Where are you, Gless?
Sharon: I'm in Miami. Sitting in the kitchen with my feet up.
Tyne: Miami! That's a good AARP place!
Sharon: I want you to know that I'm almost 70, and I'm a loyal AARP member.
Tyne: I'm not a member. Oh, dear!
Sharon: You don't have to be a member, Tyne. She's also younger.
Tyne: Ha! Only minutes.
(AARP: Well, thank you both for your time …)
Sharon: Did you get enough, Bill?
Tyne: The trouble with me is I've never learned to function in sound bites, which makes the 21st century a complete mystery to me.
Sharon: Hey, honey …
Tyne: Call me back!
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