Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering

Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering

Meredith Baxter

“I be mindful Sarah asking me, while I’d simply all started treatment along with her, what I sought for in a man.  After a number of moments of silent, annoying deliberation I had it.  ‘Hair,’ I blurted. ‘He has to have hair.’”
Meredith Baxter is a loved and iconic tv actress, so much famous for her significantly well known function as hippie mother, Elyse Keaton, on Family Ties. Her heat, humor, and tremendous smile made her essentially the most well known girls on tv, with thousands of audience following her at the small monitor each one week. but her luck masked a tumultuous own tale and a harrowing inner most lifestyles. For the 1st time, Baxter is able to proportion her awesome highs, (working with Robert Redford, Doris Day, Lana Turner, and the solid of Family Ties), and lows (a thorny courting along with her mom, a tricky marriage to David Birney, a bout with breast cancer), ultimately revealing the lady at the back of the image.

From her adolescence in Hollywood, transforming into up the daughter of actress and co-creator of One Day at a Time Whitney Blake, Baxter grew to become conversant in the ups and downs of convey enterprise from an early age. After wholeheartedly embracing the 60s counterculture way of life, she used to be compelled to depend upon her appearing abilities after her first divorce left her a 22-year-old unmarried mom of 2. Baxter begun her expert occupation with assisting roles within the severely panned horror movie Ben, and within the political mystery All the President's Men.

More profitable paintings quickly at the small monitor. Baxter starred with actor David Birney because the identify characters in debatable sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. whereas the sequence in simple terms lasted a yr, her high-profile romance with Birney lasted 15 risky and unsatisfied years. Hiding the worst of her state of affairs from even these closest to her, Baxter’s profession flourished as her vainness and relations crumbled. Her winning run as Nancy on Family used to be by means of her tremendously well known function on Family Ties, and dozens of well-received tv movies.

After a sour divorce and custody conflict with Birney, Baxter more and more depended on alcohol as a shelter, and the following speaks candidly of her choice to take her final drink in 1990.

And whereas one other ruinous divorce to screenwriter Michael Blodgett taxed Baxter’s energy and self belief, she has emerged from her reviews with the renewed self-assurance, poise, and figuring out that experience enabled her to discover a loving, respectful dating with Nancy Locke, and to discuss it openly.

Told with perception, wit, and disarming frankness, Untied is the eye-opening and encouraging lifetime of an actress, a girl, and a mom who has come into her own.

From the Hardcover edition.

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