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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana IN STEP WITH BY JAMES BRADY MEREDITH BAXTER ONE OF THE terrifying things that can happen to a woman is to be told You have breast That is the powerful core of a new CBS movie My Breast starring Meredith Baxter as a vivacious fortysomething Manhat tan journalist suddenly confronted with such a stunning diagnosis Meredith had just flown in from To ronto where most of the film was shot and now was in New York to do some exterior shots We met in her hotel suite and I asked about the movie Its been a lovely she said Im coproducing Betty Thomas is the director Shes very in sightful She just loves you as an actor which makes the work very pleasant The story is done with whimsy and humor a sharp acerbic wit And its very informa tive This woman demands to know Whats going on with my body Had the actress done much research into breast cancer for the role she said mainly because I wasnt playing the doctor It wasnt called for I was the woman trying to find out what was going on But we had doctors there for technical advice The story deals with the Can men handle fact that a woman has breast cancer and the mans reaction The answer is What they need to do is to be there Thats all thats required Women are judged so much by their beauty size shape This film says that even in the Playboy generation we are more than breasts I noted that in previous acting jobs Meredith had been an addict an alco holic a lesbian mother a bulimic and a murderer So I asked What have they got against you Meredith lfBut thats the fun stuff to do she said exploding into laughter And dont forget I also played a retarded person and a schizoid Im attracted to different roles as when I played Betty Broderick a mother of four who shot her exhusband and his bride in bed in Everyone thinks shes such a great mom but shes actually so motivated and One professional hurdle though is the unfortunate problem of as Meredith calls it not another movie with her in it1 People do say that At one time I had four movies Born June in Los Angeles Personal First marriage 196669 two children Married to David Birney 197489 three children TV Series Include The Young Lawyers 1971 Bridget Loves Bernle 197273 Family 197680 Family Ties laatl 89 TV Movies Include The Cat Creature 1973 The Stranger Who Looks Like Me 1974 The Impostor 1976 The Family Man 1979 land 1980 The Two Lives of Carol Letner 1981 Take Your Best Shot 1983 Kates Secret 1986 The Long Journey Home 1987 Winnie 1988 She Knows Too Much 1988 The Hissing Place 1890 Burning Bridges mQ A Mothers Justice 1891 A Woman Scorned The Betty Broderick Story 1898 Darkness Before Pawn 1999 One More Mountain 1894 My Breast 1984 Her first major TV role was in Brid get Loves Bernie in which she costarred with her future and now ex husband David Birney Meredith didnt actual ly audition for it but instead was doing screen tests for Butterflies Are Free filling in for Goldie Hawn to test poten tial actors for the film The producer of Bridget spotted her and offered the TV role I was cute and blond and boun she told me and That led to Family which led to Family one big hit after another generating the assertion at one point that Meredith was the mostwatched woman on But now when I asked whats next I got a plaintive little cry and some theatrical weeping said edith Baxter Im Not for long folks Not for long 0 M eredith gifted feisty actress and mother of five stars in a film about breast cancer Bradys Bits Meredith was wearing Jeans a black blazer and fur boots boots I got in and with a light suntan was looking pretty smashing She has been married twice not interested in talking about that she said firmly and has five children We were all together skiing at Park City Utah around she told me Her son Ted works on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant Eva is out of college and working Kate is a sophomore at Yale and the 9yearold twins Peter and Mollie who live with Meredith in one of the Santa Monica canyons were off visiting their father David Birney while the actress traveled How do they all getalongP The twins are bordering on idolatry toward their older Meredith said Then all excited as a good parent should be she Jumped up and said But let me show you the Which she did Of a very handsome crew of five Plus the oat Ambrosia PAOK 14 MAY i 1884 PARADK MAQAZINE ;