Star of the s sitcom Family Ties, Meredith Baxter has appeared in several films and television shows throughout her lifetime. Synopsis Born on June 21, , in Los Angeles, California, actress Meredith Baxter was the step-daughter of . Meredith Baxter says in a new book, "Untitled," that she was a victim of emotional and physical abuse. Baxter, the actress best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the s sitcom "Family Ties," said that the abuser was her then-husband David Birney, who has denied the allegations. Meredith Baxter is an American Film-Television Actress and Producer. She was born on June 21, in South Pasadena, California, United States. Meredith Baxter She was born on June 21, in South Pasadena, California, United States.