Family Ties’ Meredith Baxter says “I’m gay”

Meredith BaxterMeredith Baxter, 62, who starred as Elyse Keaton on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, has gone public with the fact that she’s now living as a lesbian. She first started dating women seven years ago after three failed marriages; the most famous to David Birney, which lasted 16 years and produced three children. Baxter also has two children from a prior marriage. There were no children from her third marriage, which ended in 2000. Baxter told People that the thought that she might be gay “had never crossed my mind,” until two years after her last marriage ended. Baxter, who has five children, is in a four-year relationship with building contractor Nancy Locke. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Steve-O • December 2, 2009 @ 11:51 AM

    Serioulsy? Hahahaha…too funny.

  2. Johnny • December 2, 2009 @ 12:53 PM

    I think that is called “menopause”. I don’t think you wake up in your 50s and say…my marriages didn’t work so I might be gay….give me a break, maybe you are just a *itch to live with.

  3. Moviefan • December 2, 2009 @ 2:53 PM

    This kind of proves the point that not all people living in gay relationships were born that way. Sometimes, it’s a choice, because the option is there. I don’t believe she’s gay, she prob just decided that men were too much trouble. Maybe she was cheated on or treated badly by men, so she chose another option.

  4. tributegirl • December 2, 2009 @ 4:15 PM

    Johnny, I don’t think menopause turns women gay, at least I hope not! lol
    I wonder how she figured out she was gay? Did she just wake up one morning and say “hey, I tried the straight thing, didn’t work, let’s try this”?

  5. demigod • December 2, 2009 @ 8:44 PM

    This won’t work either.

  6. Nancy • December 3, 2009 @ 12:10 AM

    Well, 4 years…it seems to be going good so far. If it makes her happy, I say go for it. It’s not my thing but to each their own.

  7. demigod • December 3, 2009 @ 12:29 AM

    I don’t think they’re living together though.

  8. Moviefan • December 3, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

    They’ve been living together for two years.

  9. demigod • December 3, 2009 @ 3:47 PM

    She’s 62. She just needs someone to run her hot baths.

  10. gypsy • December 4, 2009 @ 10:40 PM

    Good for her!Everyone is entitled to a little happiness in their lives!!I’m glad she found someone who cares and loves her!!!!!!!

  11. tributegirl • December 6, 2009 @ 1:12 PM

    Agreed, gypsy. I still can’t help but think of her as Meredith Baxter-Birney.

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