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Star of the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, Meredith Baxter has appeared in several films and television shows throughout her lifetime.
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In 2006, she appeared as a temporary co-host on the Today show with regular host Matt Lauer. The next year, she made a guest appearance on the ABC drama What About Brian and on the TV series Cold Case. In 2009, she starred in the made-for-tv movie, Bound By a Secret.
In addition to her work as an actress, Baxter works as an entrepreneur. She launched her own line of beauty and skin products, called Meredith Baxter Simple Works, which helps raise funds for her breast cancer research foundation.
In 1989, Baxter divorced her second husband, David Birney, with whom she had three children. She later married screenwriter Michael Blodgett, and then filed for her third divorce in 2000.
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In the 1980s, TV moms began juggling family life with professional careers. Phylicia Rashad played lawyer and mom to a big family on The Cosby Show, and Candace Bergen portrayed a TV news anchor who has an unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock. Judith Light played a busy, single advertising executive on Who's the Boss, and even hired a male housekeeper—who happened to be a single dad. Joanna Kerns played the much-loved mom on Growing Pains, whose husband worked from home so she could go back to working as a reporter. This bending of gender roles reflected more modern family structures, and the new choices that women faced.
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