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"Family Ties'" Meredith Baxter comes out on 'Today'

Meredith Baxter has been hiding a seven-year secret.

The actress, who is most recognized as Elyse Keaton, the free-spirited mom on the hit ‘80s sitcom "Family Ties," has revealed she is a lesbian.

"I am a lesbian, and it was a later-in-life recognition," Baxter told Matt Lauer on "Today." "Some people would say, well, you're living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years."