A Letter from Author Meredith Baxter
For about fifty of my 63 years, (that’s 79.365079365079% of my life) I was miserable. I thought I’d been a victim for most of it and, consequently, was pretty sure I was not to blame. I could save the blame for all the others who had conspired (so it seemed) to keep me down. I was the saddest girl you’d ever met and probably would have lived out my days in that sadness had I not experienced the miracle of a change in my thinking.
I thought that
was worth writing about--the lessons I’ve learned--because they’ve been so many and so profound. I had to learn
that, although I was indeed the center of my own life, I wasn’t necessarily the center of the lives of others. Most of you know that within your first decade, but I just took my time.
My book is about the price I paid for being so self-centered, where it all took me and how I broke the cycle of thinking that was so disastrous for me. Of course, along the way, I talk about my family, my career, my marriages and children, Family Ties
and many movies. I talk about infidelity, domestic abuse, divorce, devastation and drinking my way through a few movies.
Once I get sober, all sorts of fun things start to happen. I get some great movie roles. I get married yet again. I get breast cancer and another divorce. Then, I realize I like girls. Finally, all’s well in my world and because all of these changes are so surprising and happening so fast and I don’t want to forget any of them, I decide I better write it all down. A Look Inside Untied
Meredith in Hollywood, 1956
Bridget Loves Bernie publicity shot
Family Ties publicity shot
The twins and Meredith reading on the beach
About the Author
has been an actor for 40 years and has five children. She achieved early success in the comedy Bridget Loves Bernie
; the acclaimed ABC drama Family
and the popular NBC sitcom Family Ties
. Baxter makes appearances speaking on breast cancer, domestic violence, alcoholism and general life experiences. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her partner, Nancy Locke.