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      Meredith Baxter

      Meredith Baxter

      Highest Rated: 94% All the President's Men (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 30% The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (2005)

      Birthday: Jun 21, 1947

      Birthplace: South Pasadena, California, USA

      Meredith Baxter carved out a niche in the 1970s and 1980s as an easygoing, often-brainy, all-American blonde most prominently featured on NBC's popular sitcom, "Family Ties" (1982-89). Baxter arrived as a regular in millions of American households on the controversial sitcom, "Bridget Loves Bernie" (CBS, 1972-73) when she married her onscreen partner, David Birney, assuming her new stage name - Meredith Baxter-Birney - for much of her career. She went on to earn two Emmy Award nominations as the worldly older sister on the ABC drama "Family" (1976-1980) before landing her signature role as Elyse Keaton, the kindly abiding mother of Michael J. Fox's precocious young Republican, Alex P. Keaton, in "Family Ties." Baxter would make a second career as the centerpiece of soapy TV movies-of-the-week, highlighted by her Emmy-nominated performance as a notorious true-life convicted murderess in "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" (CBS, 1992) as well as a sequel soon after. Her onscreen trials would be reflected in her private battles with alcoholism and breast cancer and, more recently, her late-life realization she was a lesbian, coming out publicly in 2009 to brief media frenzy. Beyond her real-life foibles and her seemingly unabating movie-of-the-week travails, Baxter's pop cultural imprint would ever remain the sweet-natured Midwestern mom Elise Keaton, who taught Americans long before it was a major social issue, that family could always trump political division.

      Highest rated movies

      All the President's Men
      Ben
      The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green

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      BEN, Meredith Baxter Birney, 1972. BEN, Meredith Baxter, 1972 Instant Mom, Meredith Baxter (L), Marion Ross (C), Tia Mowry (R), 09/29/2013, ©NICKNITE Glee, Patty Duke (L), Meredith Baxter (R), 'All or Nothing', Season 4, Ep. #22, 05/09/2013, ©FOX Glee, Meredith Baxter (L), Patty Duke (R), 'All or Nothing', Season 4, Ep. #22, 05/09/2013, ©FOX Glee, Meredith Baxter (L), Patty Duke (R), 'All or Nothing', Season 4, Ep. #22, 05/09/2013, ©FOX Glee, Patty Duke (L), Meredith Baxter (R), 'All or Nothing', Season 4, Ep. #22, 05/09/2013, ©FOX Switched at Birth, Meredith Baxter, 'Fog and Storm and Rain', Season 4, Ep. #7, 02/17/2015, ©FREEFORM Switched at Birth, Meredith Baxter, 'Fog and Storm and Rain', Season 4, Ep. #7, 02/17/2015, ©FREEFORM Instant Mom, from left: Meredith Baxter, Tia Mowry, Florence Henderson, Tempestt Bledsoe, 09/29/2013, ©NICKNITE Switched at Birth, Meredith Baxter, 'Fog and Storm and Rain', Season 4, Ep. #7, 02/17/2015, ©FREEFORM The Neighbors, from left: Reginald Veljohnson, Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Meredith Baxter, 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC The Neighbors, from left: Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Meredith Baxter, Reginald Veljohnson, 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC The Neighbors, from left: Reginald Veljohnson, Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Meredith Baxter, 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC The Neighbors, Jami Gertz (L), Meredith Baxter (C), Lenny Venito (R), 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC The Neighbors, Meredith Baxter, 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC Instant Mom, Marion Ross (L), Tia Mowry (R), 09/29/2013, ©NICKNITE Instant Mom, Meredith Baxter (L), Marion Ross (C), Tia Mowry (R), 09/29/2013, ©NICKNITE The Neighbors, Jami Gertz (L), Meredith Baxter (R), 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC The Neighbors, Meredith Baxter, 'Supreme Like Me', Season 2, Ep. #10, 12/06/2013, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Christmas on the Vine Carla Kilgore (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Undateable John Beatrice - John's Mother (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 32% Becoming Santa Mrs. Claus (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reading, Writing & Romance Elaine (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 36% Shadow on the Mesa Emily Rawlins (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 35% Naughty or Nice Carol Kringle (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Raid of the Rainbow Lounge Narrator - 2012
      No Score Yet 21% Airline Disaster President Harriet Franklin (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 33% Bound by a Secret Ida Mae (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise, Texas Liz Cameron (Character) - 2005
      30% 58% The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green Harper Green (Character) $152.8K 2005
      No Score Yet 34% Angel in the Family Lorraine (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 25% Aftermath Carol (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 40% Devil's Pond Kate (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 65% A Christmas Visitor Carol Boyajian (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 40% A Mother's Fight for Justice Terry Stone (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 49% Murder on the Orient Express Mrs. Caroline Hubbard (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wednesday Woman Muriel Davidson (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 50% Down Will Come Baby Leah Garr (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 62% Holy Joe Annie Cass (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 17% Miracle on the 17th Green Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 62% Miracle in the Woods Sarah Weatherby (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 75% The Inheritance Beatrice Hamilton (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend Cow (Voice) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Higgins Clark's Let Me Call You Sweetheart D.A. Kerry McGrath (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 14% After Jimmy Maggie Stapp (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed: A Story of Three Women Amanda Nelson (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Mountain Margaret Reed (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Breast Joyce Wadler (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Love of Aaron Margaret Gibson (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 71% Darkness Before Dawn Mary Ann Guard (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 43% Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick, the Last Chapter Betty Broderick (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 74% A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Betty Broderick (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bump in the Night Martha "Red" Tierney (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Justice Lila (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Bridges Lynn Hollinger (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 80% The Kissing Place Florence Tulane (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jezebel's Kiss Virginia De Leo (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Knows Too Much Samantha White (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnie Winnie (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Journey Home Maura Wells (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate's Secret Kate Stark (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 71% The Rape of Richard Beck Barbara McKee (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Ties Vacation Elyse Keaton (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Your Best Shot Carol Marriner (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Two Lives of Carol Letner Carol Letner (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Family Man Mercedes Cole (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 63% Little Women Meg March (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Us Against the World Sunny (Character) - 1977
      94% 92% All the President's Men Debbie Sloan (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Terror in the Night Unknown (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The November Plan Mary Kingston (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Impostor Julie Watson (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night That Panicked America Linda Davis (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Target Risk Linda Flayly (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invasion of Carol Enders Carol Enders (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stranger Who Looks Like Me Joanne Denver (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cat Creature Rena Carter (Character) - 1973
      60% 38% Ben Eve Garrison (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 81% Code Black Joanna (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 63% Hell's Kitchen Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 83% Switched at Birth Bonnie (Guest Star) 2012 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young and the Restless Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Instant Mom Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      31% 82% The Neighbors Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
      70% 71% Glee Liz Stevens (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Elyse Keaton (Guest Voice) 2009 2011
      32% No Score Yet Brothers Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What About Brian Frankie (Guest Star) 2007
      79% 84% Brothers & Sisters Margaret Packard (Guest Star) 2006
      83% 85% The Closer Congresswoman Simmons (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Character) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      14% No Score Yet The Faculty Flynn Sullivan (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1996
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Elyse Keaton (Character) 1982-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Nancy Lawrence Maitland (Character) 1976-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Liz Robson (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Faye Leonard (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Jodi Dixon (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bridget Loves Bernie Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg (Character) 1972-1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Jenny (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971