'Cagney And Lacey' Royalties Said Going to ANC With AM-South Africa
Mar. 17, 1986
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ The South African Broadcasting Corp. voiced concern Monday over reports that the cast and crew of the television series ''Cagney and Lacey'' will give their South African royalties to a black guerrilla movement.
The corporation issued a statement saying it was ''concerned about the fact that internationally known show business personalities express such views.''
The Sunday Times of Johannesburg reported ''Cagney and Lacey'' co-star Tyne Daly had persuaded the show's 150 actors and crew to donate their earnings from screenings in South Africa to the African National Congress.
The ANC, which is fighting to topple white rule in South Africa, is outlawed in South Africa.
The amount of the royalties was not given.
The Sunday Times quoted Ms. Daly's spokeswoman in Los Angeles, Marilyn Reiss, as saying the actress initiated the proposal and got a good response. On Monday, Ms. Reiss said in Los Angeles that the response was actually ''100 percent.''
''They hate apartheid and everything it stands for, and this is one way of expressing their feelings,'' the Sunday Times quoted Ms. Reiss as saying.
Ms. Reiss told The Associated Press that ''She (Tyne Daly) was a moving force, (but) she had the entire cast and crew behind her.''
Miss Daly is married to Georg Sanford Brown, a black actor and director. One of the detectives on ''Cagney and Lacey'' is also black.
''Cagney and Lacey'' is one of the most popular shows on South Africa's state-run television. Other hits include ''Dallas'' and two shows in which blacks play the lead - ''Benson'' and ''The Bill Cosby Show.''
This week the the South African Broadcasting Corp. began running ''Miami Vice,'' a police series starring a black detective and a white detective.
The South African Broadcasting Corp. statement said it had no way of knowing if the cast and crew of ''Cagney and Lacey'' will follow through on their reported intentions to give royalties to the African National Congress.
A corporation spokesman declined to speculate on whether the the network might cancel the show in protest.