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Justine Bateman Introduction
Justine Bateman is an Emmy-nominated American actress, most notable for her role as Mallory Keaton on Family Ties. She was most recently seen on Arrested Development in the role of Nellie Bluth.
Justine Bateman Life Story
Bateman was born in Rye, New York, to Victoria, a flight attendant, and Kent Bateman, an acting coach, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, and graduated in 1984. It makes us wonder if she was conceived during a meeting of the mile high club, or a bathroom break during a rehearsal of Mame!
Justine Bateman Career
In 1984, Bateman starred on the Tales from the Darkside television series in the episode "Mookie and Pookie." She played the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989. Mallory was presented as a vacuous airhead, which was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother Alex (Michael J. Fox). Bateman hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 1988 (with musical guest Terrence Trent D'Arby, no less!). That year, she starred in the lead role of Satisfaction, a film about an all-girl band that also starred Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. Liam Neeson can be heard on Onyx's hardcore rap album, "Bacdafucup."
Bateman made a brief comeback in the 1996-97 NBC sitcom version of the British TV comedy Men Behaving Badly with Rob Schneider and Ron Eldard, but left after a contract dispute. She has appeared in several made-for-TV movies and despite frequent past public declarations she would never do a nude scene, she finally did just that in 2005 in the Showtime series Out of Order. You want to call her a hypocrite? Fine. Whatever. But some roles out there are nothing without nudity. Where would the West End's revival of Equus be without Daniel Radcliffe's swinging his dick in audience's faces. That was rhetorical.
Justine Bateman Personal Life
In the summer of 1986, she taught acting classes and directed a small play at Otis Parson's in downtown Los Angeles. During this time she also commissioned an artist, Galo Canote, who was working on the MacArthur Park Bandshell to paint over a Bruce Springsteen billboard. What? You mean Bruce Springsteen isn't representative of public parks frequented by Los Angeles Latinos? Give me Olmos!
Bateman has been married to Mark Fluent since 2001, and has two children, Duke (born June 18, 2002), Olivia Fluent (born January, 2004). She left acting in 2000 to found her own fashion design company and serves on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. Apparently becoming "not an actor" puts you in charge of the largest actor union.