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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (548 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meredith Baxter Narrator: Meredith Baxter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 1960s counterculture lifestyle, she was forced to rely on her acting skills after her first divorce left her a twenty-two 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 fifteen 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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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christinebrender | 2/17/2014

    " she had unbelievably low self-esteem; interesting to see how that affected her life and decision-making "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/15/2014

    " Meredith Baxter has written a very personal memoir that moves along easily. She talks about a difficult childhood, marriages, changes in her life and, of course, her career. I sometimes wondered how a woman who degrades herself so much in this book could become quite an accomplished actor. The book is at times sad and poignant and funny. She does give us a pretty clear picture of what makes her tick. I met Meredith once for a very short time and found her to be warm and friendly. I hope we get to see her on TV again soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by terri | 2/10/2014

    " i've always liked meredith baxter but now i like here even more. reading this i felt like i was getting to know someone who i had been only slightly aquainted with and maybe thought i knew, only to discover that there was a whole lot more to her than i ever expected. her dysfunctional childhood, her marriage(s)and their problems, her struggle with alcohol and her eventual coming out were all laid out in plain, honest talk. definitely one of the better autobiographies that i've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Millerjennifer | 2/4/2014

    " This book is a nice quick read. Enjoyable and interesting. "

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