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Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM By Meredith Baxter

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 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 image.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 television movies.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.
  • Title: Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering
  • Author: Meredith Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780307719324
  • Page: 142
  • Format: ebook

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Marla Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I have to say this book really surprised me. I never would have imagined Meredith to have the life behind the cameras as she did. Didn't know she drank so much and had an abusive husband. I'm so glad I listened to this as I was a huge fan of Family and Family Ties. Great as an audio book read by Meredith.
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Laura Mallard Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
A decent memoir but at times you wanted to go back in time and shake Baxter for her poor choices. She does accept responsibility for her mistakes. One guarantee- you will never be able to stomach looking at David Birney again. What a jerk!
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Modern Girl Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I picked up the book because I thought Meredith Baxter might have an interesting story to tell. The title is exactly true. The book is basically about her family life, details of working on various sets, and her loosing control emotionally and with alcohol. In the epilogue, she says that she's glad she didn't wait until she was 80 to write the book. I sort of wish she had. I enjoyed reading all the details, but with such a roller coaster of a life, I'm not sure if she's reached the place to look [...]
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Jane Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Oftentimes when I review a memoir I comment that I liked the authors honesty. How do I know the author is honest? I guess I never really know for sure but something in the writing offers clues. Usually they describe unflattering things about themselves and not make excuses. In this book, it seemed that Meridth went on and on about all of the awful things that were done to her and presented herself as a victim. She did mention some pretty awful things that she did as well but those were usually m [...]
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Susan Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Terribly written. Saw her on Oprah and her story of abuse by her ex-husband David Birney was very compelling, but she is not a writer.
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Keith Chawgo Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Living in London, I was quite oblivious over Meredith Baxter coming out in America so when I read the Prologue and it is about her coming out on NBC's Today Show - I was a little surprise. Unfortunately for the book, it is the only thing that surprised me. The book was well written and she is a very intelligent person from what she writes. The book starts from birth and ends in around 2010/11 and although it does detail her life and her insecurities quite well, it is very vague on her working li [...]
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Joseph Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
utter drivel. a bore. the only reason I got this book was I understand how a woman comes out so late in life. however, I just ended up reading a bunch of fluff. spoiler alert: this autobiography seems ghost written. i felt that I had to force myself to read it just to get through it. I left it in a public place in hopes that some other gay dude like me will use it to kill time.
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Sherri Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I grew up in a dysfunctional family, but it wasn't as bad as Meredith's. Compelling and hard to put down because I could identify with so many defense mechanisms Meredith used, and how hard it is to overcome them. Therapy of some sort, formal or informal, becomes nearly constant throughout life.
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Joe Scholes Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I really enjoyed this book, especially since I've been keeping an eye on the talk shows to see if she would be promoting the book. Listening to her talk about her life experiences at the same time as reading about them was really good. She's a very good writer! Her life history isn't particularly fascinating, but the way she tells it is poignant and entertaining - often very funny.I particularly liked reading about her experiences in alcohol recovery. It's pretty cool to read so many similar exp [...]
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Pamela Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Ok, so I've always been a fan of hers mainly from being a Lifetime junkie. Movies like "Kate's Secret" and the Betty Broderick adaptations always suck me in and they will never get old. And of course, I feel obligated to mention Family Ties, an integral part of my adolescent TV viewing. Yes, this memoir was full of juicy stories of Hollywood, quirky families, and experimentationbut I found myself getting tired of reading how awful childhood and adulthood were for Baxter. It reminded me of how I [...]
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Darlene Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
In all my years of drawing, I mostly did pictures of girls or horses or donkeys, the occasional parakeet. Only one male, from a TV Guide picture of David Birney. I saw him first on Love is a Many Splendored Thing. But now if I ever find that picture again I will tear it to fine dust!I followed Meredith with both my Kindle and her voice on Audible. I am so happy she told her story. Though mine is different in many ways, I could relate to the feeling invisible, unworthy feelings she brought up. On [...]
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Angela Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Loved this read more than I thought possible. I was curious about her, thus the initial start, but became captivated. I appreciated her honesty and openess, and have thought a lot about how the circumstances we are brought up in - and subsequent choices we make for ourselves - really do shape our entire lives. Great reminder to watch the choices we make for our children and ourselves. I could have done without the occasional swearing and name dropping (especially the resumes that followed each), [...]
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Jenna DeFrei Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Meredith is so open and honest in this memoir, as well as a wonderful writer. Most of the time with memoirs or bios of actors, I get really bored when reading about their work unless it's something I'm familiar with. Not so with this. She doesn't over-do it, and she isn't riding some high horse. She's just down to earth, not trying to sing her own praises. It's amusing at times, sad at others; she brought me to tears a few times, and made me smile many times.
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Laurel-Rain Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Meredith Baxter's memoir, "Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering," burrows into her childhood moments and what it was like growing up the daughter of an actress; then we discover her feelings of loss and abandonment when she believed herself to be simply an afterthought in the lives of her parents. The story gives the reader a peek into her life before celebrity; and then takes us on the journey to that particular destination.What we've known about this actor is the life we've only i [...]
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Brigid Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I tried to read this late last year and just had too much going on, so I returned it to the library and tried again. I will say it was considerably more interesting than the book I just finished, but that may only be by comparison. The book wasn't bad. It was just okay. I did like that much of the text came across as casual and conversational, but on more than one occasion I felt Baxter got bogged down in details or examples of things to illustrate her point, so much so that the point or main st [...]
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Marie Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
mariesbookgarden/ First of all, very clever name. Meredith Baxter, star of TV movies and the classic family sitcom, "Family Ties," writes about her lack of mothering, three troubled marriages, parenting, drug use and alcoholism, bout with breast cancer, and eventually, her coming out as a lesbian. "Family Ties" last three years were when I lived in Japan. I remember my parents or friends taping a bunch of the American TV shows I liked and sending me videotapes--they were priceless. "Family Ties" [...]
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Elizabeth Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
As a "Family Ties" fan, I'll admit I only really read this book because I wanted some behind-the-scenes information on the show. However, this book is so much more than that! This is the full story of Meredith Baxter.This book starts out with Baxter's coming out story, including how it came about, and also the nerves she felt before it. Throughout it all, you see Baxter's signature humor. Before making the Today show decision (which occurred as a result of her story potentially being leaked by o [...]
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Teena in Toronto Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
A couple weeks ago I saw Meredith Baxter on "Oprah: Where are They Now" and was reminded about her memoir, which I thought would be an interesting read and it is.Baxter is one of three children and her parents split up when she was young. Her mother, Whitney Blake had some success as an actress but put her acting dreams and ambitions before her children. She wouldn't let her kids call her "Mom" they had to call her "Whitney". Her mother's second husband, Jack, was a talent agent who also helpe [...]
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LisaCarlson Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
As a woman who grew up in the era of sitcoms and dramas I remember fondly watching Family and Family Ties. Interesting that her of two most iconic roles have "family" in the title. What follows in her memoir is something much different. Meredith had for the most part an absent, selfish mother and her parents divorced early on. She spent a great deal of time with her two brothers and they found a way to survive being left alone too much of the time. She was a young adult fluid in the way of the 6 [...]
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Anne Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I enjoyed this quick autobiography of Meredith Baxter--best known as Elise Keaton, the mother on Family Ties. Baxter grew up in Hollywood and her childhood was far from being a fairy tale (her mother asked that her children call her by her stage name of "Whitney" instead of "mom" or "mother"). Although you might think being raised by such a person would repel their children from acting, Baxter found it was her niche and her tales of her entering the world of acting are interesting. I enjoyed lea [...]
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Soozblooz Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I just finished Untied and, frankly, don't know what to think. It is eminently readable and I enjoyed it, but as to its truthfulness, I have some doubt and I know exactly when that doubt struck me. At the very end of the chapter chronicling her marriage and abuse at the hands of David Birney, she says this:"In no way is it my intent to hurt him any more than I think he intended to hurt me. I think he acted in the only way he knew how, to take care of himself. I don't think I was the target; I wa [...]
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Judy Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I enjoy memoirs, and Baxter is an actress I've admired for many years. She's a woman who I always thought "had it all"; a success in the truest sense. I measured success, not in material terms, but by the fullness of her life, her accomplishments and talent in her chosen field, her balance of career and family. I thought her beautiful in a natural, athletic way; as a runner, I shared the interest in the sport and was impressed when she ran the NYC Marathon with her then-husband. I thought - what [...]
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Sue Seligman Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
This is an engrossing memoir written by a well-known actress who has been a role model for years. From playing the naive Catholic girl who marries a Jewish guy to the calm, liberal mom on one of my favorite shows, Family Ties, and countless tv movies, Meredith Baxter has been a staple in my cultural awareness for years. I watched the reunion of the Family Ties cast on the Today Show, and I watched her come out a year or two later, also on the Today Show. So when I saw her promoting the book on t [...]
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LauraWilliams Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
"I look forward to learning from someone who truly sounds like she has been there, fought the fight, won/lost the battle, came back wearing the t-shirt and bothered to take the time to reflect on her experiences." Just saw her on Oprah and was thrilled to hear that an actress I appreciated is as eloquent and as flawed (as we all are) to share such meaningful parts of her life. I have just come out of a bad marriage and her words were chilling to me - I picked up the book (afraid and eager both a [...]
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Debbie Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Interesting life, interesting career, interesting woman. I enjoyed this book very much, and was actually surprised at how good it was. I have followed Ms. Baxter's career and always thought she was pleasant, attractive, and a decent actress, but not much more than that. Her actual story is quite riveting, and her candid way of telling it kept me turning the pages. There's no ego here, and that's always refreshing in the memoir of a celebrity. Her feelings about herself, her parents, her brothers [...]
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Bev Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
Meredith Baxter's easy-reading autobiography was so reminiscent of so many things in my life that I devoured it. It's always nice to find out that someone who appears to have it all together is just as much of an insecure marshmallow as you are. There are no extremes here, but disappointing information about David Birney, who seemed quite likeable during the Bridget Loves Bernie season, but was really a narcissistic, mysogynistic, rageaholic with flashes of physical violence. So much for America [...]
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Natalie Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I loved this book. I could not put it down. I loved Meridith's charater in "Family" and loved her character in "Family Ties." She must really be an amazing actress for the rest of the world to not know that her home life was miserable. It amazes me that she could be so successful with such a low self-esteem and very little support from the ones that were supposed to love her. For her to put out her personal story is so brave and admirable. I recommend this book to everyone who thinks they have o [...]
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Jeff Grosser Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past all the negativity. The whole book, with the exception of the last 10 pages, was nothing but heartbreaking sorrow. I went into this knowing that Meredith had not had the charmed life that her public persona would have you believe, but I was not prepared for the book to completely focus on all the bad things that happened in her life. I know that in the end she discovered her true self and what makes her happy, but very little [...]
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Mary Anderson Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
You never know what is going on in someone else's life. To the casual observer, Meredith Baxter has it all. Great career, beautiful, wonderful children, beautiful, great actress, etc.However, due to low self esteem, she was used and abused by family and friends. I am so very happy for her that she has found her voice and is now in a happy committed relationship.This book was a very quick read because of her fast-paced story telling and the compelling story of her life. I wish her and her family [...]
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Jade Sep 21, 2019 - 00:59 AM
I enjoyed this read! Meredith was candid about her life and current lifestyle, although I still find it so annoying that "coming out" in this day and age is such a big deal!! Ya, whateverOOZE, just for the record, "we" really don't mind!! And. you "gay" people can lay off the gay pride parades, they are actually embarrassing incase you did not know live and let live, jeepers, maybe we should have a "straight pride parade", uggggg. I really like the fact that Meredith and Nancy choose to keep it [...]
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Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering By Meredith Baxter 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 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 image.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 television movies.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.

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