South Pasadena, California, USA
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Bridget Loves Bernie, Family, Family Ties
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Meredith Ann Baxter (born June 21, 1947), formerly Meredith Baxter Birney, is an American actress. Baxter was born in South Pasadena, California, the daughter of actress and sitcom creator Whitney Blake and Tom Baxter, a radio announcer. Her stepfather is sitcom writer Allan Manings. Baxter is best known for her work on two television shows. She first became popular playing the role of Nancy Lawrence Maitland on the television drama Family from 1976 to 1980. She received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, in 1977 and 1978. The second role is ex-flower child Elyse Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties, which aired from 1982 to 1989. In reality, she was only 14 years older than Michael J. Fox, who played her son, Alex. In 1981, she starred with Annette O`Toole and Shelley Hack in HBO`s Standing Room Only series production of Vanities.
Since Family Ties ended its run, Baxter has been directing and starring in TV movies. In 1990, she starred as a psychopathic kidnapper in the The Kissing Place. In 1992, she 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, in which she plays a divorcée who was convicted of murder in the shooting of her ex-husband and his young wife. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award in 1993 for her work as a lesbian raising a young son in the CBS after-school special "Other Mothers." In 1997, she once again played the mother of a character played by Michael J. Fox, this time on the sitcom Spin City. In 2005, she began appearing in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company. In 2006 she temporarily co-hosted the Today Show with Matt Lauer. In 2007 she made a guest appearance on the ABC drama What About Brian. She also made several 2007 appearances as the dying mother of Detective Lilly Rush on the TV series Cold Case.
Baxter has been married three times. Her first marriage was to Robert Lewis Bush in 1966; they had two children before divorcing in 1971. She then married actor David Birney, whom she met on the set of the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie where she played his wife on the series. After the show was canceled, the couple became engaged and were married in 1974. From that date until their divorce in 1989, she was credited as Meredith Baxter Birney, a name still commonly associated with her by the general public as she went by it during her most prominent period of work. They have three children. In 1995 she married actor and screenwriter Michael Blodgett; they divorced in 2000. Meredith Baxter`s aunt was actress Anne Baxter, who starred in All About Eve and in "The Ten Commandments."
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Meredith Ann Baxter
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Meredith Ann Baxter (born June 21, 1947) is an American actress and producer. She is known for her roles on the ABC drama series Family (1976–80) and the NBC sitcom Family Ties (1982–89). A five-time Emmy Award nominee, one of her nominations was for playing the title role in the 1992 TV film A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. She has also done voice-work on the The Hub channel's animated sitcom Dan Vs. (2011–13).
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Tom Baxter, Allan Manings (March 28, 1924 – May 12, 2010) (step father)
Whitney Blake (born Nancy Ann Whitney; February 20, 1926 – September 28, 2002)
Brian (born 1946), Richard (born 1944)
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Meredith Baxter is married to Nancy Locke, they have been married for 2 years (since 8th December, 2013).
She was married to Michael Blodgett from 1995 to 2000, David Birney from 1974 to 1990 and Robert Lewis Bush from 1966 to 1971.
She also dated David Cassidy in 1971.
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