Meredith Baxter Biography (1947-)

Full name, Meredith Ann Baxter; born June 21, 1947, in Los Angeles, CA (somesources say South Pasadena, CA); daughter of Tom (a radio announcer) and Whitney (an actress; professional name, Whitney Blake) Baxter; married Bob Busch,June 23, 1966 (divorced, 1969); married David Birney (an actor), April 10, 1974 (divorced, 1989); married Michael Blodgett, October 19, 1995 (divorced, 2000); children: (first marriage) Ted, Eva; (second marriage) Kate, Peter andMollie (twins). Addresses: Agent: Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Manager: Binder & Associates, 1465 Lindacrest Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.; Publicist: Warren Cowan& Associates, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 919, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Actress, producer
Birth Details
June 21, 1947
Los Angeles, California

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Bridget Fitzgerald Steinberg, Bridget Loves Bernie, CBS, 1972-1973
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Nancy Lawrence Maitland, Family, ABC,1976-1980
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Elyse Keaton, Family Ties, NBC, 1982-1989
  • Flynn Sullivan, The Faculty (also known as Teachers Only),ABC, 1995-1996
  • Miniseries
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Meg March, Little Women, NBC, 1978
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Lauretta Pennington, Beulah Land, NBC,1980
  • Movies
  • Rena Carter, The Cat Creature, ABC, 1973
  • Title role, The Invasion of Carol Enders, 1973
  • Joanne Denver, The Stranger Who Looks Like Me, ABC, 1974
  • Linda Flayly, Target Risk, NBC, 1975
  • Linda Davis, The Night That Panicked America, ABC, 1975
  • Julie Watson, The Impostor, NBC, 1975
  • Mary Kingston, The November Plan, 1976
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Mercedes Cole, The Family Man, CBS, 1979
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Title role, The Two Lives of Carol Letner, CBS, 1981
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Carol Marriner, Take Your Best Shot, CBS, 1982
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Barbara McKee, The Rape of Richard Beck (also known as The Broken Badge and Violated), ABC, 1985
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Elyse Keaton, Family Ties Vacation, NBC, 1985
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Kate Stark, Kate's Secret, NBC, 1986
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Maura Wells, The Long Journey Home, CBS, 1987
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Title role, Winnie, NBC, 1988
  • Eve, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, 1988
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Samantha White, She Knows Too Much, NBC, 1989
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Florence Tulane, The Kissing Place, USA Network, 1990
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Lynn Hollinger, Burning Bridges, ABC,1990
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Martha "Red" Tierney, Bump in the Night, CBS, 1991
  • Lilah Comminger, A Mother's Justice, NBC, 1991
  • Title role, A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (also knownas Till Murder Do Us Part), CBS, 1992
  • Title role, Her Final Fury: Betty Broderick--The Last Chapter (also known as Woman without a Prayer: The Betty Broderick Story Part II),CBS, 1992
  • Mary Ann Grand, Darkness before Dawn, NBC, 1993
  • Margaret Gibson, For the Love of Aaron (also known as The Creature, the Kid & Margaret), CBS, 1994
  • Margaret Reed, One More Mountain, ABC, 1994
  • Joyce Wadler, My Breast, CBS, 1994
  • Amanda Nelson, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, ABC, 1995
  • Maggie Stapp, After Jimmy, CBS, 1996
  • Beatrice Hamilton, Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance" (also known as The Inheritance), CBS, 1997
  • Voice of Cow, Dog's Best Friend, The Family Channel, 1997
  • District Attorney Kerry McGrath, Mary Higgins Clark's "Let Me Call YouSweetheart" (also known as Let Me Call You Sweetheart), 1997
  • Sarah Weatherby, Miracle in the Woods, CBS, 1997
  • Leah Garr, Down Will Come Baby, CBS, 1999
  • Anne Cass, Holy Joe (also known as Man of Miracles), CBS, 1999
  • Susan McKinley, Miracle on the 17th Green, CBS, 1999
  • Muriel Davidson, The Wednesday Woman, CBS, 2000
  • Mrs. Caroline Hubbard, Murder on the Orient Express (also known asAgatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"), CBS, 2001
  • Terry Stone, A Mother's Fight for Justice (also known as CrashCourse), Lifetime, 2001
  • Carol, Aftermath (also known as A Long Way Home), CBS, 2001
  • Carol Boyajian, A Christmas Visitor, The Hallmark Channel, 2002
  • Lorraine, Home for Christmas, The Hallmark Channel, 2004
  • Specials
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Joanne, Vanities, HBO, 1981
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) NBC team contestant, Battle of the NetworkStars XIV, ABC, 1983
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Missing ... Have You Seen This Person?, NBC, 1985
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1986
  • Host, Diabetes Update '86, 1986
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Inside "Family Ties": Behind the Scenes ofa Hit, PBS, 1988
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) The Valvoline National Driving Test, CBS, 1989
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) The 11th Annual ACE Awards, 1990
  • Heart Attack: The Silent Killer, syndicated, 1991
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Whose Side Are You On?, CBS, 1991
  • Presenter, 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1993
  • Paula Hensen, Other Mothers, CBS, 1993
  • TV's Funniest Families, NBC, 1994
  • Cohost, Newsweek American Achievement Awards, CBS, 1995
  • An All-Star Party for Aaron Spelling, ABC, 1998
  • Meredith Baxter: Perfection & Reality (documentary), Arts andEntertainment, 2000
  • Inside TV Land: The Pitch, TV Land, 2001
  • The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Herself, NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary Celebration), NBC, 2002
  • TV Movie Superstars: Women You Love (documentary), Lifetime, 2004
  • Episodic
  • The Interns, CBS, 1971
  • Gloria, "The Victims," The Young Lawyers, ABC, 1971
  • Jenny, "Where Do Mermaids Go?," The Partridge Family, 1971
  • April, "Young Love," The Doris Day Show, 1971
  • Ann, "Words of Summer," Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, 1972
  • Herself, "Episode #137," Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1973
  • "And All Ye Need to Know," Doc Elliot, 1973
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Jenny Sutherland, "The Deadly Jinx," Barnaby Jones, 1974
  • Paula, "Demi-God," Medical Center, 1974
  • Erica Schiff, "A Life in the Balance," Medical Story, NBC, 1975
  • Priscilla, "The Velvet Knife," Medical Center, 1975
  • Jodi Dixon, "Deadly Silence," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1975
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Sunny, "Up against the World," Medical Story, NBC, 1975
  • Faye Leonard, "Secrets for Sale," McMillan and Wife, NBC, 1975
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) "The November Plan: Parts 1, 2, & 3," City of Angels, NBC, 1976
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Liz Robson, "Sarah Who?," Police Woman, NBC, 1976
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Sandy Rytell, "The Captain and the Lady/One if By Land/Centerfold," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) "Venetian love Song/The Arrangement/Arriverderci, Gopher/The Gigolo: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Herself, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, 1997
  • Macy Flaherty, "Family Affair: Parts 1 & 2," Spin City, ABC, 1997
  • Herself, Lingo, 2002
  • The Wayne Brady Show, syndicated, 2003
  • Ms. Jones, "Go Ask Alice," 7th Heaven, The WB, 2003
  • Joan Tyrell, Nick's mother, "The Big Rules of Engagement Episode," Half & Half, UPN, 2004
  • The View, ABC, 2004
  • Also appeared in What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, NBC.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive producer, The Faculty, ABC, 1995-1996
  • Movies
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney; with David Birney) Executive producer, TheLong Journey Home, CBS, 1987
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Associate producer, Winnie, 1988
  • Coproducer, She Knows Too Much, 1989
  • Production executive, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, PBS, 1989
  • Co-executive producer, Darkness before Dawn, NBC, 1993
  • Co-executive producer, My Breast, CBS, 1994
  • Co-executive producer, Betrayed: A Story of Three Women, ABC, 1995
  • Film Appearances
  • Eve Garrison, Ben, Cinerama, 1972
  • Tracy, Stand Up and Be Counted, Columbia, 1972
  • Debbie Sloan, All the President's Men, Warner Bros., 1976
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Patricia, Bittersweet Love, AVCO-Embassy, 1976
  • (As Meredith Baxter-Birney) Amanda Faberson, Jezebel's Kiss, Shapiro Glickenhaus, 1990
  • Ann, Elevator Seeking, 1999
  • Kate, Devil's Pond, Artisan Entertainment, 2003
  • Stage Appearances
  • Appeared as Eve, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Los Angeles, 1988; Sally Talley, Talley's Folly; Joanne, Vanities; Melissa, LoveLetters; in productions of Guys and Dolls, Butterflies Are Free, and The Country Wife.

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