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Old 12-02-2009, 04:09 AM   #1
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Default Meredith Baxter to Reveal She's a Lesbian on The Today Show

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It's just a coincidence Meredith Baxter recently appeared in the Hallmark Channel's ''Bound By a Secret,'' but ironically the actress reveals a very personal secret on ''Today'' Wednesday morning.

Baxter, perhaps best known for her seven years playing TV mom Elyse Keaton on ''Family Ties'' in the 1980s, will be the latest star to come out of the closet, revealing she is a lesbian.

While Baxter's spokesman, Howard Bragman, declined to comment on the story Tuesday, a solid source confirmed the actress will talk about her decision to go public on the NBC morning show.

Married three times and the mother of five children, Baxter is the focus of a current National Enquirer story revealing that the former Emmy nominee had been on a ''Sweet Caribbean Cruise'' specifically targeted to lesbians -- a cruise also taken by openly gay actress Kelly McGillis. According to the Enquirer report, Baxter was ''traveling with a female friend, and seemed very relaxed and comfortable.''

In another intriguing twist, the official Web site of the Meredith Baxter Fan Club states the actress is ''noted for her accessible portrayals of intelligent, independent women who struggle with the challenges before them.''

Following in the footsteps of her aunt, ''All About Eve'' star Anne Baxter, Meredith first found fame in the 1970s, co-starring on TV's "Bridget Loves Bernie" with David Birney, who would later become her second husband. She went on to receive two Emmy nominations for playing Nancy Lawrence Maitland on the esteemed TV drama ''Family.''

After her long '80s run with ''Family Ties,'' Baxter directed and starred in a long list of TV movies, including the CBS after-school special ''Other Mothers,'' in which she played a lesbian mother raising a young son -- a performance that garnered a Daytime Emmy nomination in 1993.

The appearance on ''Today'' is something of a mini-reunion for Baxter, who temporarily co-hosted with Matt Lauer in 2006.

Baxter's five-year marriage to Robert Lewis Bush ended in 1971, a union that produced two children. The actress and Birney are the parents of three children. After 15 years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1989.
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Good for her! I think that its great that she's doing this.
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Wow... I had no idea! Kudos to Meredith for coming out at this point in her long and successful career!
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WOW - I had no idea, either!!
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Go Meredith!!!
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I just heard about this on XM. I do remember seeing that special Other Mothers years ago on HBO. HBO for awhile aired CBS after school specials.
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I saw this and I was flabbergasted! That was a surprise I didn't see coming.

But whatever the case is...Go Meredith!!
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I have to say I was shock when I saw it on MSNBC
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Here's Meredith's interview on The Today Show.

http://www.popeater.com/2009/12/02/m...-baxter-gay%2F
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Right on, Meredith! Continued happiness to you.
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I always thought that Meredith Baxter was an attractive woman who could have any man she wanted. However since she is not into men, to each his own I suppose.
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Wow, this came as a shock.

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'Family Ties' Actress Says She's A Lesbian
Meredith Baxter Says She Had 'Later-In-Life Recognition'

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Updated: 12:27 pm CST December 2, 2009

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New York -- Meredith Baxter, who played mother Elyse Keaton on the 1980s TV series "Family Ties," has revealed that she is a lesbian.

"I am a lesbian, and it was a later-in-life recognition of that fact," the 62-year-old actress said in an interview Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show.

Baxter said she has been in a relationship with her girlfriend, a general contractor, for four years.

"Some people are saying, were you living a lie? And, you know, the truth is, not at all. This has only been in the past seven years," she said.

Baxter has been married three times, including to David Birney, her co-star on the '70s TV series "Bridget Loves Bernie." She is the mother of five children.

Baxter said she is "extraordinarily happy" and the support from her family and friends was immediate and unqualified.

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Good for her on coming out publicy. That does take a lot of guts.
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