In Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering (Crown), former Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter recalls her remarkable personal highs and lows — from growing up with a distant mother (actress Whitney Blake) who insisted her daughter call her “Whitney,” to her own three disastrous marriages and alcoholism, to final rehab and coming out as a lesbian at age 62. Much like her Family Ties character, Baxter really was a hippie — drying “kilos and kilos” of marijuana in the oven of her Laurel Canyon apartment in the 60s. Needing to make some money (and failing at her attempt to be a Tupperware hostess), Baxter finally decided to use her family connections to land some acting auditions. Acting memoirs can be exceedingly dull, but Baxter is a strong writer who provides a smart and funny perspective on both her work and her life. Baxter’s candidness in portraying her (many) moments of floundering is especially endearing — I mean, who hasn’t made some rotten choices in life and love? I caught up with Baxter for LAmag.com and asked her how she finally figured it all out.