One of America’s best-known TV moms comes out of the closet as a real-life lesbian.
Since her TV career heyday in the 1970s and ’80s as a darling of the popular prime-time series Family and Family Ties, Meredith Baxter has mainly flown under the radar, with the exception of a few acclaimed turns in made-for-TV movies such as My Breast and A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story. That is until she boarded the Sweet Caribbean Cruise with thousands of other lesbians last month. If the woman who famously played Elyse Keaton, liberal mother to Michael J. Fox’s conservative Alex on the long-running sitcom Family Ties, thought she would go unnoticed amid generations of gay women who idolized her for her blond-haired, blue-eyed, all-American good looks, she was wrong.
When the 62-year-old actress realized that she and her partner of four years, Nancy Locke, a 54-year-old contractor, were making a splash on the lesbian cruise, Baxter decided to take control of the story she knew would follow when she came back to shore — and come out publicly. True to form for Baxter, who has been sober for 19 years and has spoken at engagements across the country about her battle with alcoholism, the Emmy Award-nominated actress wanted to make sure their were no skeletons in her closet.
The cruise, which Baxter was on primarily in order to shoot a guest stint on the lesbian-themed Web series We Have to Stop Now, wasn’t the first lesbian event she’s attended since coming out to herself and her family seven years ago. Last April the three-times-married mother of five went virtually unnoticed when she attended the Dinah, the annual four-day lesbian extravaganza in Palm Springs, Calif. Read complete article - By Tracy E. Gilchrist – Advocate.com
In deepest appreciation and with all best wishes to Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke,
Fr. Marty Kurylowicz