On Family Ties, Michael J. Fox played Alex P. Keaton, the Ronald Reagan-loving oldest child of the liberal Keaton family. Michael says viewers clearly connected with Meredith's portrayal of Elyse. "She can be funny and charming and all that stuff, but she can tap into the real juice, and she really captured that."

While Michael says he would cut loose and party after taping wrapped on Fridays, he thought Meredith drank for different reasons. "There was a sadness underneath it. You could tell that something was troubling her," he says. "It was a symptom as much as it was a problem. It was a red flag."

Michael says he's happy his former TV mom has found someone to share her life with. "If anyone deserves a big plate of happiness, it's Meredith," he says. "I wish I could be there with you. I love you. I'm so happy for you. And I wish you luck on your book and love."

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