Summary

“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. 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. 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.
©2011 Meredith Baxter (P)2011 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gretchen SLP on 06-06-18

Thoroughly Engrossing, Highly Recommended Memoir

Wow! This sure was a serendipitous find. I grew up not exactly idolizing Meredith Baxter Birney, but definitely looking upon her as the quintessential Golden Girl with the perfect life. How very wrong I was. This book will be a liberating revelation for any woman who’s ever felt hopelessly trapped in an abusive marriage, but it will also strike a chord with anyone who has ever known and loved an alcoholic, as well. There are heart-wrenching moments, there are laugh-out-loud moments, there’s celebrity gossip, and there are touching anecdotes of motherhood in abundance. The coming-out story toward the end of the book is a bonus. Meredith, your many fans and admirers celebrate your liberation (from EVERY unhealthy tie that once bound you), and thank you so, so much for summoning the courage to tell your story. It’s well told (I bought the Kindle version too, just so I could read in every setting), smart, funny, fast-paced, and riveting. Your narration is perfect, too. Grade: A

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-03-11

Self effacing pleasant to read

This is one book that is complemented by the author reading her own work. Her pleasant, modulated and familiar voice was a pleasure. I have always enjoyed Hollywood insider biographies and this was no exception. Her realization that she is gay is only a small part of the story and far more interesting is her growth as a woman who late in life realizes her worth as a human being. She is a person I would like to know as a friend. She pulls no punches when it comes to describing her relationship with her two ex-husbands. I hope she has a good lawyer.

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