Back in the ‘80s, Family Ties was considered a ‘must watch’ show. A third of all American households gathered around the television on Thursday nights to see the hilarious antics of the Keaton family which included the hippie parents, Steven and Elyse, their geeky conservative eldest son Alex, the sweet but simple-minded daughter Mallory, blonde and bubbly Jennifer, and the youngest son, little Andrew (Andy.) It’s hard to believe the show has been off the air for more than 25 years. All of the stars have gone in different career directions. Their lives post-Family Ties lives are a combination of successful, surprising and shocking. Read more to find out what the main cast of Family Ties is up to now!
10. Meredith Baxter
She was 35-years-old when she landed the role of Elyse, the matriarch of the Keaton family. Today she is 69 and has had a wide variety of personal and professional ups and downs. After the sitcom wrapped, Meredith continued to land acting gigs from sitcoms to TV mini-series. She gained critical acclaim and an Emmy nod for her lead role in A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story in 1992. Meredith also made a guest appearance in Michael J. Fox’s sitcom Spin City in 1997. But her showbiz career was sidelined in 1999 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Much like her Family Ties on-screen son, Michael J Fox, she decided to use the diagnosis to raise funds and awareness for the disease by establishing the Meredith Baxter Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. After recovering she returned to acting but it was her personal life that made her the talk of Hollywood in 2009. She revealed in an exclusive Today Show interview with Matt Lauer that she was in a same-sex relationship. It was a shocking revelation as she had previously been married three times to men and had five adult children. But the headlines died down and life is back to normal for Meredith. She continues to act and has been married to contractor Nancy Locke since December 8, 2013.
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