Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.53 × 6.39 × 1.08 in
Published: June 17, 2013
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307719308
ISBN - 13: 9780307719300
About the Book
Beloved and iconic television actress Baxter shares with readers her incredible highs, (working with Robert Redford, Doris Day, Lana Turner, and the cast of "Family Ties"), and lows (a thorny relationship with her mother, failed marriages, a bout with breast cancer), finally revealing the woman behind the image.
From the Publisher
"I remember Sarah asking me, when I'd just begun therapy
with her, what I looked for in a man. After a few moments of
silent, tense deliberation I had it. 'Hair,' I blurted. 'He
has to have hair.'"
Meredith Baxter is a beloved and iconic television actress, most
well-known for her enormously popular role as hippie mom, Elyse
Keaton, on Family Ties. Her warmth, humor, and brilliant
smile made her one of the most popular women on television, with
millions of viewers following her on the small screen each week.
Yet her success masked a tumultuous personal story and a harrowing
private life. For the first time, Baxter is ready to share her
incredible highs, (working with Robert Redford, Doris Day, Lana
Turner, and the cast of Family Ties), and lows (a thorny
relationship with her mother, a difficult marriage to David Birney,
a bout with breast cancer), finally revealing the woman behind the
From her childhood in Hollywood, growing up the daughter of actress
and co-creator of One Day at a Time Whitney Blake, Baxter
became familiar with the ups and downs of show business from an
early age. After wholeheartedly embracing the 60s counterculture
lifestyle, she was forced to rely on her acting skills after her
first divorce left her a 22-year-old single mother of two. Baxter
began her professional career with supporting roles in the
critically panned horror film Ben, and in the political
thriller All the President''s Men.
More lucrative work soon followed on the small screen. Baxter
starred with actor David Birney as the title characters in
controversial sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. While the
series only lasted a year, her high-profile romance with Birney
lasted 15 volatile and unhappy years. Hiding the worst of her
situation from even those closest to her, Baxter's career
flourished as her self-esteem and family crumbled. Her successful
run as Nancy on Family was followed by her enormously
popular role on Family Ties, and dozens of well-received
After a bitter divorce and custody battle with Birney, Baxter
increasingly relied on alcohol as a refuge, and here speaks
candidly of her decision to take her last drink in 1990.
And while another ruinous divorce to screenwriter Michael Blodgett
taxed Baxter's strength and confidence, she has emerged from her
experiences with the renewed self-assurance, poise, and
understanding that have enabled her to find a loving, respectful
relationship with Nancy Locke, and to speak about it openly.
Told with insight, wit, and disarming frankness, Untied is
the eye-opening and inspiring life of an actress, a woman, and a
mother who has come into her own.
About the Author
Meredith Baxter has been an actor for 40 years and
has five children. She achieved early success in the comedy
Bridget Loves Bernie; the acclaimed ABC drama
Family and the popular NBC sitcom Family Ties.
Baxter makes appearances speaking on breast cancer, domestic
violence, alcoholism and general life experiences. She lives
in Santa Monica, California with her partner, Nancy Locke.