Meredith Baxter
American actress
Meredith Baxter
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.
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Eight Holiday TV Movies That Should Air in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When December's shopping and baking are done and it's time to relax over cookies and TV, we usually turn to feature films like Elf or A Christmas Carol. We might even look for I Love Lucy or Honeymooners Yuletide episodes or check out the newest holiday specials. But television has been producing its own seasonal movies, hundreds of them, ever since the small screen was actually small. They run the gamut from brilliant to awful, but even some of the trashiest can be as sweet and comforting as cocoa on the first chilly night of the year. The problem is that so many new films materialize each year while older ones tend to disappear quickly. And unlike movies released in theaters, too few resurface on DVD, Hulu or Netflix. So I'm starting next year's Christmas list early. Here are eight holiday TV movies, in no special order, that I've enjoyed in the past and hope to see once more. They're only the first to occur to me, so I'm likely to make additional requests in the future. And ...
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The Festival of Lights in the Spotlight
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As someone who hates shopping, I boldly decided to initially tackle my holiday list at Bed, Bath & Beyond. In search of an aisle I could actually have room to walk in, what immediately caught my attention were the three large displays dressed in blue featuring a wide array of Hanukkah-themed merchandising. In addition to doll and book "The Mensch on a Bench," which was featured on ABC's "Shark Tank" a few seasons ago (and I am now the proud owner of), the products included gelt-filled dreidels; candles, napkins and tablecloths; menorahs; sizable decorations (including a white bear wearing a yarmulke); a tree topper; stockings and gingerbread kits. There were even Hanukkah-themed products for our four-legged friends. While maybe not the appropriate reaction, all I could think of was the slogan, "We've Come a Long Way, Baby." And I am not referring to the old Virginia Slims cigarette brand. Since when is Hanukkah so relevant? As a young child growing up in Flushing, Queens, ...
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Useless Facts About Movies of the Week
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
People used to ask me what to do if there were two movies of the week on at the same time, which one they should watch. It was a good question. I didn't know who won WWII but I knew that Tori Spelling starred in, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? in 1996. I'm the Zagat Guide of Movies of the Week, or as we aficionados used to call them, MoMo's. If you had a choice between a Melissa Gilbert vehicle and a Kelli Martin vehicle, you went with Kelli because, as hard as Melissa tried to make the wife of a famous director, turned hooker, working in the Barrio, to help pay for her son's piano lessons, believable, she'd always be Half-pint, from Little House of the Prairie. A Meredith Baxter Birney star turn (now just Baxter) or a Joanna Kearns one, was always trickier. Meredith was a workhouse. She'd been on television long before Family Ties, and that meant something. She started her illustrious career in an episode of the Patridge Family, entitled, Where Do Mermaids Go?, playing t ...
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November Sweeps Roundup: Week 3
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
On Night 2 of the season premiere, Detective John Kennex and Dorian are dispatched to investigate a murder and high-profile missing persons case that leads them into the highly profitable world of IRCs - Intimate Robot Companions - also known as sexbots. When Cat invites Vincent to Thanksgiving dinner with her biological father, the night ends in disaster. Max applies to pastry school, where she meets Nicolas (Gilles Marini), the handsome French master baker who owns and teaches at the school. Mary Lynn Rajskub guest-stars as Bebe, a neurotic pastry chef who works at the front desk. In this "Very Special Episode," Allison Janney's character falls off the wagon when she loses her job and struggles to piece her life together Is a serial killer taunting the 12th Precinct? The Dark World crossover episode, the agents deal with the aftermath of the film's events, which pose a danger to one member. When a local pizza place burns down and the fire marshal (Patton Oswalt) blames on t ...
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One Step Closer To Gay Marriage ( - over 3 years One Step Closer To Gay Marriage  —  Former “Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter — who played the mom Elyse on the 80s sitcom — is now this much closer to tying the knot with her longtime girlfriend ... TMZ has learned, she just got her marriage license.  —  Sources tell us …
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Candace Walsh: Sexual Fluidity and Orange Is the New Black
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In the first episode of Netflix's new cult fave series, Orange is the New Black, Piper tells her fiancé Larry that she used to be a lesbian, but she isn't anymore. Her fiancé is happy to believe her, but I could also feel the collective cringe of lesbians watching the show. It's threatening for lesbians to see women go back to men -- or become "hasbians," as if being gay or straight is not intrinsic to a person. It's a lot easier to believe that people are either gay, straight, or bisexual (and many are!) -- but there's another explanation for it: sexual fluidity. In Dr. Lisa Diamond's book of the same name, Diamond shares research that shows that women often experience one or more shifts during their lives, identifying first as straight and then later as gay, or first as gay and then later straight, or bisexual, or some combination thereof. How is that different from being bisexual? The research subjects in the book don't simultaneously feel attracted to men and women. Th ...
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'Glee': Two familiar faces in as (SPOILER!)
Entertainment Weekly - almost 4 years
By Sandra Gonzalez Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter set to play central parts related to an upcoming storyline
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Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter cast as 'Glee's' lesbian couple
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
FOX musical series "Glee" has cast Patty Duke and Meredith Baxter as a lesbian couple.
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Lakers Star Metta World Peace Will Feature in Lifetime Movie Extravaganza
Bleacher Report - over 4 years
Somebody up there really likes me, because Metta World Peace is set to star in a Lifetime movie featuring Jennie Garth, and there is no way this isn't the best thing to ever happen to television.  William Keck of TV Guide reports the good news about World Peace finally being delivered to the small screen.  The movie will be inspired by a new novel by Nancy Grace, a legal commentator on CNN and former contestant on Dancing with the Stars.  It seems that Grace and Metta World Peace became good friends when both were featured on the hit ABC show. Grace would now like her chum MWP to feature in the movie adapted from the novel The Eleventh Victim.  As for specifics, the movie will not hit the Lifetime Movie Network until this fall—n even bigger reason we should have time machines, because I can hardly stand the wait.  The movie will feature Jennie Garth, who I am not ashamed to say is a known quantity for yours truly. You see, 90210 re-runs used to feature right after Saved By the Be ...
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Jennifer Boudinot: Lifetime Movie Review: Diane Keaton Goes Through DARE
Huffington Post - over 4 years
If you've ever wondered what shows like Weeds and Breaking Bad would be like if their drug-dealing stars were total wusses who couldn't even pull off looking cool while smoking a cigarette, then On Thin Ice (aka Breaking Through), a Diane Keaton vehicle from 2003, is the Lifetime movie for you. I'll watch anything starring Diane Keaton, even Mad Money or Baby Boom, which is frankly unwatchable after she leaves Harold Ramis and moves out to the country. So when I saw she was starring as a meth-head in this Lifetime movie, I assumed I would love it. She was Annie Hall, for God's sake! I even enjoy her as the mom in Father of the Bride! Unfortunately, watching Diane Keaton play a meth-head is kind of like watching the mom from Father of the Bride play a meth-head. Her reaction to even seeing the drug is to start yelping like a mouse just ran over her foot (or Jack Nicholson just accidentally saw her boobs). And it only gets worse once she starts doing the meth herself. Smackin ...
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Actress, Author Meredith Baxter Speaks in Hartford Saturday
Cheshire - almost 5 years
Actress Meredith Baxter to Speak at May 5th Evening of Thriver Spirit & Song - Celebrating Women Who Have Reclaimed Their Lives After Abuse An Evening of Thriver Spirit & Song, a multi-media event will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2012, presented by the Connecticut Alliance for Victims of Violence and Their Families (CT-ALIVE), a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower victims and their families to heal after experiencing the trauma of abuse. “This is an enlightening, empowering evening about changing women’s lives that celebrates a growing community of women who are thriving, not merely surviving, after abuse,” says Katie Marinan Marino of West Hartford, President of the CT-ALIVE Board.  “We hope that with live music, positive energy and uplifting success stories, this event will inspire anyone who is on a journey of self-discovery, heightened self-esteem and healing to permanently break the cycle of violence and create a new future for themselves and their ...
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Five Things to Do this Weekend in Region
Cheshire - almost 5 years
Here are events in Cheshire and the region this weekend as listed on Cheshire Patch: Artist Reception with Susan H. Baker, tonight (Friday), 7 p.m.The Funky Monkey Cafe & Gallery, 130 Elm St. Free. Organic Gardening Workshop, Saturday, 10 a.m.,358 Springside Ave, New Haven. $10.00 Actress Meredith Baxter appearance. Sat. 7 p.m. Mandell Jewish Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, $50  Spring Afternoon Tea to benefit Cecchetti Ballet, Sunday, 12 p.m. Parks & Recreation Department. 559 S. Main St. $15. Bake Sale on the Trail to benefit CHS Odyssey of the Mind team, Sunday, 10 a.m, 490 Cornwall Ave.
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80's sitcom star shares all
CNN - almost 5 years
Actress Meredith Baxter discusses her family background and the process of writing her new book "Untied."
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Meredith Baxter Speaks Out On Domestic Abuse
Channel 10 News - San Diego, CA - almost 5 years
"Familiy Ties" actress Meredith Baxter was in San Diego Friday to share her experiences with domestic abuse.
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Actress, author, domestic abuse survivor Meredith Baxter to host "An Evening of Thriver Spirit and Song" May 5 at Mandell JCC
Shelton Patch - almost 5 years
While intimate partner violence crimes exact a painful toll on victims, a growing community of women are thriving, not merely surviving, after abuse. Ask Vanessa Stevens of Waterbury, a singer/songwriter who stopped singing after she left an abusive music partner but found her voice again when she created The Purple Song Project, offering survivors of domestic violence hope, healing and awareness. Ask Jenny of Naugatuck who escaped an abusive marriage and now blogs about her training and competition in marathons and obstacle racing events. Or Susan Omilian of West Hartford, who turned the tragedy of her niece Maggie’s murder by an ex-boyfriend into an opportunity to help women reclaim their lives after abuse as Maggie could not. Her book, The Thriver Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver contains the motivation guidance Susan has successfully used in her My Avenging Angel WorkshopsTM that she has offered free of charge to women for the last twelve years since Maggie’s ...
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Actress/Author Meredith Baxter Coming to Hartford, CT, to Offer Hope to Abuse Vicftims
Canton Patch - almost 5 years
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Meredith Baxter
  • 2014
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Baxter will start appearing on the program on September 8. She is also the mother to "Stich" Raybourne and Kelly Andrews.
  • 2013
    Age 65
    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    On March 1, 2011, Baxter made another intimate revelation while appearing on NBC's Today Show.
    More Details Hide Details She promoted a new memoir that alleges emotional and physical abuse by her ex-husband David Birney, father of three of her children. ABC News tried to reach Birney for comment but could not. It claimed that he had told NBC he was denying the allegations. The ABC News web site reported on March 1, 2011: Meredith Baxter says in a new book, "Untitled," that she was a victim of emotional and physical abuse. Baxter, the actress best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties," said that the abuser was her then-husband David Birney, who has denied the allegations. In her memoir, Baxter alleges that Birney hit her more than once. "It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard," she writes. "I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit me again.' "
  • 2009
    Age 61
    On December 2, 2009, she came out as a lesbian during an interview with Matt Lauer on Today, and on the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius-XM OutQ 102.
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    On December 17, 2009, Baxter's memoir, titled Untied, was published in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details She is also a spokesperson for Consumer Cellular, a cell-phone company advertised as providing a cheaper alternative for senior citizens. She currently voices the character "Elise Sr." in Dan Vs., which airs on The Hub.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007, she made a guest appearance on What About Brian, an ABC drama series.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she also made several appearances as the dying mother of Detective Lilly Rush on Cold Case, a CBS police-procedural series. In recent years, Baxter created a skin-care line called Meredith Baxter Simple Works, which raises funds for Baxter's breast cancer research foundation.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006, she temporarily co-hosted — with Matt Lauer — Today, the NBC morning news and talk show.
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  • 2005
    Age 57
    In 2005, she began a relationship with Nancy Locke, a general contractor. They were married on December 8, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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    In 2005, she began appearing in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company.
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  • 2002
    Age 54
    Baxter said she began her first same-sex relationship in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that finally coming to terms with her sexual orientation opened her eyes to the fact that for many years she knew something was different about her and why her relationships with men had failed.
  • 1997
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 47
    In 1995, she married actor and screenwriter Michael Blodgett; they were divorced in 2000.
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  • 1989
    Age 41
    She and David Birney divorced in 1989.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of Nancy Lawrence Maitland and received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1977 and 1978). After Family ended, she starred with Annette O'Toole and Shelley Hack in Vanities (1981), a television production of the comedy-drama stage play about the lives, loves and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school to post-college graduation; it aired as a part of Standing Room Only, a series on the premium-television channel HBO.
  • 1986
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Following Family Ties, Baxter (whose marriage to Birney ended in 1989) produced and starred in telefilms. She portrayed a psychopathic kidnapper in The Kissing Place (1990) and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for her work in A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992), based on the true story of a divorcée who was convicted of murder in the shooting of her ex-husband and his young wife. For her work on the television film My Breast (1994), she received a special award for public awareness from the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
  • 1982
    Age 34
    In 1982, Baxter landed the role of Elyse Keaton, the former flower child matriarch of the Keaton family on the NBC sitcom Family Ties.
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  • 1974
    Age 26
    In 1974, she married David Birney and had three children — Kathleen Jeanne ("Kate"; born December 5, 1974) and twins Mollie Elizabeth and Peter David Edwin (born October 2, 1984).
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    The series was canceled after one season, but her co-star, David Birney became her second husband in 1974.
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 17
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 5
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her second stepfather was situation-comedy writer Allan Manings. She also shares the same birth date with her Family Ties co-star, Michael Gross.
  • 1947
    Born on June 21, 1947.
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