After she told her co-star everything, Meredith says Michael let her stay at his home. "He called his wife. He said, 'I'm bringing Meredith home,'" she says. "It was the first time I unloaded and told them everything that had been going on. Michael is the dearest man who walks the earth. He's just such a sweetheart."

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Michael says while he never suspected Meredith was in such a bad marriage, he did notice something odd about her relationship. "I could count on one hand the number of times David came to a taping," he says. "Everybody's spouses and children came. For nothing else, it was a free meal. ... But David was never there."

Michael says he was surprised to hear Meredith's story. "She and David were the poster children of a marriage that was going well. All through the first years of Family Ties it was, 'Here's the Hollywood marriage that works,'" he says. "I didn't know it was because you kept your mouth shut."


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