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Long Island, New York, USA
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Bethany Horowitz in Boston Legal
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Adelphi University (Master Degree in Clinical Psychology), Hofstra University
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Meredith Hope Eaton
Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) is an American actress. She is 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and refers to herself as a "short-stature actress". She is known for portraying the attorney Emily Resnick on the CBS television series Family Law (in which she was the first female dwarf to fill a regular role in an American prime time series), and for her recurring role as Bethany Horowitz on the ABC series Boston Legal.
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Husband: Michael Gilden (actor, m. 20-May-2001, d. 5-Dec-2006)
Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) is an American actress. She is 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and refers to herself as a "short-stature actress". She is best known for portraying the attorney Emily Resnick on the CBS television series Family Law (in which she was the first female dwarf to fill a regular role in an American prime time series), and for her recurring role as Bethany Horowitz on the ABC series Boston Legal.
Eaton was born on Long Island, New York, to a clinical psychiatrist mother and an administrative law judge father. She attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she was an active member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority; she graduated in 1996 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, minoring in theater. In June 2007, she was named by Hofstra University as their Alumnus of the Month.
She later earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, where she achieved a 4.0 grade point average. She would later credit her training in psychology for giving her a better ability to understand character dynamics in preparing for acting roles.
Eaton's acting career began in 1999 when she attended an open casting call for the comedy film Unconditional Love. Despite it being her first audition, she won out over 500 women from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to be cast in the role of Maudey Beasley.
Unconditional Love was not released until 2002. Her performance was seen by Paul Haggis, who created the role of Emily Resnick for her on Family Law. Joining the cast in 2002, she continued with the series until its cancellation later that same year. She later had significant guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Dharma & Greg, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House and NCIS. She also appeared as herself in Standing Tall at Auschwitz, which was a History Channel documentary on the Ovitz family, and in No Bigger Than a Minute, an independent documentary on dwarfism which aired on the PBS program P.O.V.
In 2006, she joined the cast of Boston Legal as Bethany Horowitz, a love interest to William Shatner's character Denny Crane. The role was written specifically for her by David E. Kelley.
She has a dual career as both a mental health therapist and an actress, though she stated in 2007 that her acting career had priority. Finding difficulty in obtaining new roles following the cancellation of Family Law, and disliking the stereotypical parts frequently offered to little people in Hollywood, she worked for a year at a locked, in-patient psychiatric unit in California, sometimes with dangerous patients. She has advised prospective professional actors to "(h)ave a backup plan" and has stated that her psychology degree is her "safety net".
Eaton was married to Michael Gilden, also an actor, from May 20, 2001, until his death in Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2006. Eaton married Los Angeles photographer Brian S. Gordon on October 12, 2008. They have one child together.
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==Meredith Eaton== Actress - ===Born=== August 26, 1974 in Long Island, New York, USA
===Birth Name=== Meredith Hope Eaton
===Height=== 4' (1.22 m)
===Mini Bio (1)=== Meredith Eaton is well known for her breakout recurring role as feisty attorney Bethany Horowitz, on the ABC hit series Boston Legal (2004). Meredith has also guest starred on several critically acclaimed prime time shows, such as House (2004), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), and Without a Trace (2002).
===Prior to her role=== on Boston Legal (2004), Meredith was best known for her role of Emily Resnick, the spitfire attorney on the CBS prime time drama, Family Law (1999). Other memorable roles have been on NYPD Blue (1993) and Dharma & Greg (1997).
===Meredith Hope Eaton=== was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Her mother is a clinical psychoanalyst and her father, a retired governor appointed administrative law judge. After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Theater, Meredith completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a 4.0 grade point average from the prestigious Derner Institute Of Psychoanalysis at Adelphi University.
===Meredith's breakthrough=== acting opportunity came when she learned that there was an open casting call for a feature film that was looking for a short-stature actress to star in a leading role alongside Kathy Bates and Rupert Everett. Meredith landed the role over 500 women who auditioned from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The movie, Unconditional Love (2002) has become a cult classic.
===Her performance=== as Emily Resnick on Family Law (1999) has earned her much public recognition, including a MAC award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a drama, as well as winner of "Best New Cast Addition For A Television Series" from Pop Matters. Meredith has also garnered accolades for her role on Boston Legal (2004), including being named one of the Fall, 2006 top "Dramatic Debuts" by Yahoo! TV, and earning "Must Watch" pick by the influential magazine, Entertainment Weekly.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jennifer MacNamara
[[Brian S. Gordon]] (12 October 2008 - present) ( 1 child)
[[Michael Gilden]] (20 May 2001 - 5 December 2006) ( his death)
Earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology.
The role of "Emily Resnick" on Family Law (1999) was specifically created for Meredith after the creator of Family Law (1999), Paul Haggis, saw clips of her upcoming film Unconditional Love (2002) (aka "Who Shot Victor Fox").
Won her first movie role as "Maudey" in Unconditional Love (2002) at an open casting call where over 500 little women nationwide auditioned.
Her grandmother Nina Eaton is one of the Founders of United Cerebral Palsy.
David E. Kelley specifically created the role of Bethany Horowitz on Boston Legal (2004) for Meredith after seeing her other acting work.
Meredith is an advocate of animal rights and is active in several animal rights organizations and campaigns.
Worked as a psychotherapist in a psychiatric hospital with criminally insane patients.
Grew up on Long Island, New York, but was born in Manhattan, New York.
Has played the piano since she was seven years old.
Her husband Brian Gordon is a professional photographer and in the past was a voiceover actor.
Attended George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, New York. Other celebrity graduates include Actor Ed Burns and Fashion Designer Donna Karan.
Is an outspoken advocate on equal rights.
Meredith and Pauley Perrette are best friends and play best friends on NCIS (2003).
Her husband is a photographer who has shot movie campaigns for such movies as "Deadpool" "Trolls" and "Ice Age.".
===Personal Quotes (1)=== I have been stared at my whole life because of my height. Now, it is nice to finally be stared at for a different reason.
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