Meredith Baxter

Actor, Producer
Meredith Baxter carved out a niche in the 1970s and 1980s as an easygoing, often-brainy, all-American blonde most prominently featured on NBC's popular sitcom, "Family Ties" (1982-89). Baxter arrived as a regular in ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1947 in South Pasadena, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Finding Carter 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Instant Mom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Onion Movie 2014 (Movie)

Cooking Show Chef (Actor)

Glee 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Letter to Anita 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Naughty or Nice 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading, Writing & Romance 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow on the Mesa 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Neighbors 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Switched at Birth 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ninth Annual TV Land Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Spin City 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

What About Brian 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green 2006 (Movie)

Harper Green (Actor)

Devil's Pond 2005 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Closer 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Half & Half 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Movie Superstars: Women You Love 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land: The Pitch 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

A Mother's Fight For Justice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Faculty 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Families 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Newsweek American Achievement Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Other Mothers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bump in the Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Whose Side Are You On? (07/19/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jezebel's Kiss 1990 (Movie)

Virginia DeLeo (Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Ties 1982 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Diaries of Adam and Eve 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Winnie 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Diabetes: Update '86 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Missing... Have You Seen This Person? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rape of Richard Beck 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanities 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Man 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Debbie Sloan (Actor)

Bittersweet Love 1976 (Movie)

Patricia (Actor)

The Imposter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The November Plan 1975 (Movie)

Mary Kingston (Actor)

Bridget Loves Bernie 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ben 1972 (Movie)

Eve Garrison (Actor)

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Christmas Visitor (TV Show)

Actor

A Mother's Justice (TV Show)

Actor

After Jimmy (TV Show)

Actor

Angel in the Family (TV Show)

Actor

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

Bound By a Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Burning Bridges (TV Show)

Actor

Darkness Before Dawn (TV Show)

Actor

Dog's Best Friend (TV Show)

Voice

Down Will Come Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Family (TV Show)

Actor

Family Ties Vacation (TV Show)

Actor

For the Love of Aaron (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Joe (TV Show)

Actor

Kate's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Little Women (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle in the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on the 17th Green (TV Show)

Actor

My Breast (TV Show)

Actor

One More Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

She Knows Too Much (TV Show)

Actor

Take Your Best Shot (TV Show)

Actor

Target Risk (TV Show)

Actor

The Cat Creature (TV Show)

Actor

The Kissing Place (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Journey Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Wednesday Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Meredith Baxter carved out a niche in the 1970s and 1980s as an easygoing, often-brainy, all-American blonde most prominently featured on NBC's popular sitcom, "Family Ties" (1982-89). Baxter arrived as a regular in millions of American households on the controversial sitcom, "Bridget Loves Bernie" (CBS, 1972-73) when she married her onscreen partner, David Birney, assuming her new stage name - Meredith Baxter-Birney - for much of her career. She went on to earn two Emmy Award nominations as the worldly older sister on the ABC drama "Family" (1976-1980) before landing her signature role as Elyse Keaton, the kindly abiding mother of Michael J. Fox's precocious young Republican, Alex P. Keaton, in "Family Ties." Baxter would make a second career as the centerpiece of soapy TV movies-of-the-week, highlighted by her Emmy-nominated performance as a notorious true-life convicted murderess in "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" (CBS, 1992) as well as a sequel soon after. Her onscreen trials would be reflected in her private battles with alcoholism and breast cancer and, more recently, her late-life realization she was a lesbian, coming out publicly in 2009 to brief media frenzy. Beyond her real-life foibles and her seemingly unabating movie-of-the-week travails, Baxter's pop cultural imprint would ever remain the sweet-natured Midwestern mom Elise Keaton, who taught Americans long before it was a major social issue, that family could always trump political division.

Relationships

Peter David Edwin Birney

Son
Twin of Molly born October 2, 1984 father, David Birney

Tom Baxter

Father

Brian Baxter

Brother
Born in February 1946

Richard Baxter

Brother
Born in November 1944

David Birney Actor

Husband
Married 1974 Divorced 1990

Kate Birney

Daughter
Born December 5, 1974 father, David Birney

Mollie Birney

Daughter
Twin of Peter born October 2, 1984 father, David Birney

Whitney Blake

Mother
Portrayed Dorothy (Missy), an interior designer and wife of George Baxter, (Don DeFore), on the NBC sitcom "Hazel" later co-created the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time" with her third husband Allan Manings died of cancer at the age of 76 in 2002

Michael Blodgett Actor

Husband
Married 1995 Divorced 2000

Robert Bush Actor

Husband
Married 1966 Divorced 1971

Eva Bush

Daughter
Born in August 1969 father, Robert Bush

Ted Bush

Son
Born in May 1967 father, Robert Bush

Nancy Locke

Wife
Revealed December 2009 that they have been together four years married in Los Angeles on December 8, 2013.

Allan Mannings

Step-Father
Co-created the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time" with wife Whitney Blake

EDUCATION

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen , Michigan

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

2009

Voiced her "Family Ties" character Elyse Keaton on an episode of "Family Guy" (Fox)

2006

Had a recurring role as the dying mother of Detective Lilly Rush on CBS' "Cold Case"

2001

Played a mother fighting for justice in the death of her son who was killed by a drunk driver in "A Mother's Fight for Justice" (Lifetime)

1999

Starred as a wife and mother struggling to win back her family after another woman enters their lives in "Down Will Come Baby" (CBS)

1997

Once again played Michael J. Fox's mother in a guest appearance on the ABC sitcom, "Spin City"

1996

Returned to series TV in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "The Faculty"; also served as executive producer

1994

Played an unmarried woman in her forties coping with cancer in the CBS drama, "My Breast"; also co-executive produced

1993

Cast as a lesbian co-parent of a teenager in the CBS schoolbreak special, "Other Mothers"

1992

Cast in the title role of a divorcée who was convicted of murder in the shooting of her ex-husband and his young wife in CBS movie, "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story"; earned an Emmy nomination

1992

Reprised role of Betty Broderick in the CBS movie, "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick The Last Chapter," which detailed the murder trial

1988

Played a mentally handicapped woman who possess a remarkable writing ability in the true story of "Winnie" (NBC); also served as associate producer

1987

Debut as a co-executive producer, the CBS movie, "The Long Journey Home"; also starred opposite then-husband David Birney

1986

Portrayed a bulimic housewife in the NBC movie, "Kate's Secret"

1982

Starred as matriarch Elyse Keaton in the long-running NBC sitcom, "Family Ties"

1981

Played one of the three Texas cheerleaders who periodically reunite in the HBO adaptation of "Vanities"

1978

Co-starred as Meg March in the NBC miniseries adaptation of "Little Women"; due to her commitment to ABC's "Family" she was replaced by Susan Walden when the network ordered a weekly series version in 1979

1976

Played troubled, self-centered eldest daughter, Nancy Lawrence in the ABC drama series, "Family" (first billed as Baxter-Birney); garnered two Emmy Award nominations in 1977 and 1978

1976

Featured in the film, "All the President's Men," which was based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

1975

Co-starred in the ABC movie, "The Night That Panicked America"

1974

Played a young adoptee seeking her birth mother in the ABC drama, "The Stranger Who Looks Like Me"; mother Whitney Blake played her on screen birth mother

1973

Made TV-movie debut in the ABC thriller, "The Cat Creature"

1972

First TV role was in the CBS sitcom, "Bridget Loves Bernie"; series was canceled after one season, but met future husband, David Birney

1972

Made feature film debut in "Ben"

Bonus Trivia

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Baxter has her own line of cosmetics with some proceeds donated to charity. The Web site for her beauty products is www.meredithbaxterproducts.com.

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"Oh not another movie with her in it! People say that. At one time I had four movies playing." - Baxter in Parade magazine, May 8, 1994

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On Dec. 2, 2009, Baxter revealed she is a lesbian to Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. Meredith, 62, has been living life as a lesbian for seven years and confirmed to Matt that she has been involved in a relationship for four years with contractor Nancy Locke. But it was only after becoming involved with another woman that Meredith realized why her three marriages to men didn't work out.

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