Mary Beth Lacey (right), played by Tyne Daly, is one of the main characters in the television series "Cagney and Lacey". She is a police detective working in a New York City precinct alongside her partner, Christine Cagney (played by Sharon Gless).
Mary Beth is a wife and mother of two children, which often creates conflicts between her personal and professional life. She is a hard-working, dedicated detective who takes her job seriously and strives to make a difference in her community.
Throughout the series, Mary Beth faces various challenges both at work and at home. She struggles with the guilt of leaving her children to go to work, but also feels fulfilled by her job and the impact she can have as a police officer. She also faces discrimination as a woman in a male-dominated profession and has to navigate the complexities of being a working mother.
Despite these challenges, Mary Beth is a strong, determined character who works tirelessly to solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. She is compassionate, empathetic, and always willing to help those in need. Her character is an important representation of the struggles faced by working women, especially in traditionally male-dominated fields, and her portrayal helped to break down barriers and pave the way for more female representation in law enforcement on television.