Photo by David Kriegel
|Born||Meredith Hope Eaton
August 26, 1974
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michael Gilden (2001-2006) (his death)
Brian S. Gordon (2008-present)
Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) is an American actress. She is 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and refers to herself as a "short-stature actress". She is best known for portraying the attorney Emily Resnick on the CBS television series Family Law (in which she was the first female dwarf to fill a regular role in an American prime time series), and for her recurring role as Bethany Horowitz on the ABC series Boston Legal.
Eaton was born on Long Island, New York, to a clinical psychiatrist mother and an administrative law judge father. She attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where she was an active member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority; she graduated in 1996 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, minoring in theater. In June 2007, she was named by Hofstra University as their Alumnus of the Month.
She later earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, where she achieved a 4.0 grade point average. She would later credit her training in psychology for giving her a better ability to understand character dynamics in preparing for acting roles.
Eaton's acting career began in 1999 when she attended an open casting call for the comedy film Unconditional Love. Despite it being her first audition, she won out over 500 women from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to be cast in the role of Maudey Beasley.
Unconditional Love was not released until 2002. Her performance was seen by Paul Haggis, who created the role of Emily Resnick for her on Family Law. Joining the cast in 2002, she continued with the series until its cancellation later that same year. She later had significant guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Dharma & Greg, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House and NCIS. She also appeared as herself in Standing Tall at Auschwitz, which was a History Channel documentary on the Ovitz family, and in No Bigger Than a Minute, an independent documentary on dwarfism which aired on the PBS program P.O.V.
She has a dual career as both a mental health therapist and an actress, though she stated in 2007 that her acting career had priority. Finding difficulty in obtaining new roles following the cancellation of Family Law, and disliking the stereotypical parts frequently offered to little people in Hollywood, she worked for a year at a locked, in-patient psychiatric unit in California, sometimes with dangerous patients. She has advised prospective professional actors to "(h)ave a backup plan" and has stated that her psychology degree is her "safety net".
Eaton was married to Michael Gilden, also an actor, from May 20, 2001, until his death in Los Angeles, California on December 5, 2006. Eaton married Los Angeles photographer Brian S. Gordon on October 12, 2008. They have one child together.
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Kate Palmer||"Pride & Prejudice"|
|NYPD Blue||Stella Kensington||"Family Ties"|
|2002||Unconditional Love||Maudey Beasley|
|Family Law||Emily Resnick||(14 episodes)|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Melanie Grace||"A Little Murder"|
|2006||House||Maddy||"Merry Little Christmas"|
|P.O.V.||Herself||"No Bigger Than a Minute"|
|Boston Legal||Bethany Horowitz||(18 episodes, 2006–2008)|
|2007||Without a Trace||Brenda Spivak||"Claus and Effect"
(as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
|2008||Ball’s Out: The Gary Houseman Story||Mrs. Tuttle|
|2009 - 2013||NCIS||Carol Wilson||"Faith", "Devil's Triangle", "Homesick"|
|2014||Turks & Caicos||Clare Clovis|
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