While performing critically acclaimed comedic and dramatic roles in TV and over 50 movies, Meredith Baxter also battled alcoholism, breast cancer, domestic abuse, three failed marriages, and other challenges while raising five children.
Now a cancer survivor, successful entrepreneur, and recovering alcoholic for 20 years, she also recently released her memoir. From fame to floundering and back, she offers an inspiring story of courage, hope, self-acceptance and happiness. Her upbeat, winning style that earned her the admiration of fans is now a part of her presentation to audiences across the country.
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In film, television, and on stage, Meredith Baxter is noted for her accessible portrayals of intelligent, independent women who struggle with the challenges before them. Baxter achieved success early in her career with a string of hit television series including "Bridget Loves Bernie," the critically-acclaimed drama "Family," and most notably, the long-running and extremely popular "Family Ties." She then made a seamless transition to drama after seven years as one of America's favorite sitcom stars, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors for television movies.
Baxter relishes the challenge of characters in stories that evoke thought, even antagonism, and is often courageous in her choice of roles. In 1991, she earned an Emmy nomination for her performance as the lead character in "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story." She reprised her acclaimed role in "Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, The Last Chapter." In 1993, Baxter earned another Emmy nomination for her performance in the CBS School Break Special, "Other Mothers," portraying the lesbian mother of a teenager who encounters prejudice.
Baxter served as executive-produced on her television series "The Faculty" for ABC. She performed in the same capacity on a number of her own movies for television, including "My Breast," "Betrayed: The Story of Three Women;" "Darkness Before Dawn;" and "The Long Journey Home."
On TV and in life, Baxter has devoted much of her time to speaking out on issues about which she is passionate. For hospitals, private organizations, women's auxiliaries and the National Institutes of Health, Meredith has spoken on a variety of topics, including breast cancer, domestic violence and abuse, substance abuse/alcoholism, addiction and recovery,and women's rights.
Because life has been kind to her as a breast cancer survivor, Baxter was looking for a way to share the good fortune. She decided to take her concern about breast cancer prevention into the business area. She created the Meredith Baxter Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The intent is that funding will go toward prevention and research, including the funding of free mammograms for low-income women.
In 2011 Meredith released her autobiography, "Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering." She is the mother of five grown children and lives with her partner in Santa Monica, California.