Meredith Baxter

Born Jun 21, 1947

Meredith Baxter, also known for some years as Meredith Baxter-Birney, is an American actress and producer. She is known for her acting roles including three television series: Family (1976–1980), an ABC television-network drama, Family Ties (1982–1989), an NBC television-network situation comedy, and Dan Vs. (2011–present), a situation comedy on The Hub television-network.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on June 21, 1947.
1953 6 Years Old Baxter was born in South Pasadena, California, the daughter of actress turned director/producer Whitney Blake and Tom Baxter, a radio announcer. After her parents were divorced in 1953, Baxter and her two brothers, Richard (born 1944) and Brian (born 1946), were raised by their mother in Pasadena. … Read More


1965 18 Years Old Baxter was educated at James Monroe High School before transferring to Hollywood High School. During her senior year, she attended Interlochen Center for the Arts as a voice major, but returned to Hollywood High, where she graduated in 1965.
1966 19 Years Old Baxter has been married four times and has five children. In 1966, she married Robert Lewis Bush and they had two children — Theodore Justin ("Ted"; born 1967) and Eva Whitney (born August 6, 1969); the couple divorced in 1971.


1972 25 Years Old Baxter got her first big break on television in 1972 as one of the stars of Bridget Loves Bernie, a CBS television-network situation comedy.
1974 27 Years Old 1 More Event
The series was canceled after one season, but her co-star, David Birney became her second husband in 1974.


1982 35 Years Old In 1982, Baxter landed the role of Elyse Keaton, the former flower child matriarch of the Keaton family on the NBC sitcom Family Ties.
1986 39 Years Old In 1986, during her time on Family Ties, Baxter garnered critical acclaim for her dramatic performance as Kate Stark in the NBC television movie Kate's Secret, about a seemingly "perfect" suburban housewife and mother who is secretly suffering from bulimia nervosa. … Read More


1989 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Following their marriage and until their divorce in 1989, she was credited as Meredith Baxter-Birney, under which name she became widely known several years later on Family. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old In 1995, she married actor and screenwriter Michael Blodgett; they were divorced in 2000.


1997 50 Years Old In 1997, Baxter once again played the mother of a character played by Michael J. Fox (who portrayed her son, Alex P. Keaton, on Family Ties), this time in two episodes of Spin City.
2002 55 Years Old Baxter said she began her first same-sex relationship in 2002. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, she began appearing in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company.
2006 59 Years Old In 2006, she temporarily co-hosted — with Matt Lauer — Today, the NBC morning news and talk show.


2007 60 Years Old In 2007, she made a guest appearance on What About Brian, an ABC drama series. … Read More
2008 61 Years Old Baxter was the guest speaker at the 2008 Southern Commencement for National University in La Jolla, California, and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the university.
2009 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 17, 2009, Baxter's memoir, titled Untied, was published in 2011. … Read More
2011 64 Years Old On March 1, 2011, Baxter made another intimate revelation while appearing on NBC's Today Show. … Read More
2013 66 Years Old In April 2013, it was announced that Baxter will be in the season 4 finale episode of Glee, along with Patty Duke, as a mentor to Darren Criss's character Blaine Anderson and Chris Colfer's character, Kurt Hummel.
2014 67 Years Old On August 4, 2014, it was announced that Baxter would be joining The Young and the Restless, as Maureen, Nikki Newman's new drinking buddy, a "charming, intelligent, middle-class woman who has always aspired to a more privileged life than she has had. … Read More
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