“I really like the anonymity that I enjoy now. It's much more relaxing, but I do miss the opportunities that come with having a hit show. I don't see who wouldn't. You have a lot more opportunities when you're on a hit show. That was a different time. If that show was popular now, I would have a lot more opportunities than I did back then.” Justine Bateman
Emmy-nominated actress Justine Bateman, the older sister of actor Jason Bateman, rose to fame at age 16 when she originated the role of Mallory Keaton, the underachieving sister of Michael J. Fox, on the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties" (1982-1989). The New York native also appeared in the TV series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (as Sarah/Zara; 1996), "Men Behaving Badly" (as Sarah Mitchell; 1996-1997), "Still Standing" (as Terry; 2004-2005), "Men in Trees" (as Lynn Barstow; 2006-2007), and "Desperate Housewives" (as Ellie Leonard; 2008).
On the big screen, she could be seen in the films "Satisfaction" (1988), "The Closer" (1990), “Deadbolt” (1992), “Primary Motive” (1992), “The Night We Never Met” (1993), "God's Lonely Man" (1996), "Highball" (1997), "Say You'll Be Mine" (1999), and "The TV Set" (2006).
This 5' 6" actress has been married to real estate developer Mark Fluent since 2001. They have two kids.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of acting coach, film and television writer/director Kent Bateman, Justine Tanya Bateman was born on February 19, 1966, in Rye, New York. She is the older sister of actor Jason Bateman (born on January 14, 1969) and the aunt of his daughter, Francesca Nora Bateman (born on October 28, 2006). Her sister-in-law is actress Amanda Anka.
Justine attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, and graduated in 1984. She had a close relationship with graffiti artist and actor Galo Make Canote and once dated singer Leif Garrett.
In January 2001, Justine married Mark Fluent, a real estate developer. They have one son, Duke Kenneth Fluent (born on June 18, 2002), and one daughter, Olivia Fluent (born in January 2004).
“When they'd say, ‘You look anorexic,’ I'd take it as a compliment.” Justine Bateman
In November 1996, Justine revealed that she had suffered from anorexia and bulimia for 10 years during her “Family Ties” days. She completed a 12 step program and turned to Christianity as ways to beat the diseases. She is recovering now.
At the age of eleven, Justine Bateman began acting by appearing in numerous theatrical productions including "Up the Down Staircase," "Barefoot in the Park," and "A Midsummer's Night's Dream." In the early 1980s, after seeing her younger brother Jason join the cast of "Little House on the Prairie," then 15-year-old Justine began auditioning for and worked in commercials. The first time she stepped in front of the camera was for a Wheaties commercial.
In 1982, at age 16, she made her TV series debut playing the regular role of Mallory Keaton, the sister of Michael J. Fox and daughter of Elyse (played by Meredith Baxter-Birney) and Steven Keaton (played by Michael Gross), on the hit NBC sitcom "Family Ties." She played the character during the show's seven seasons from 1982 to 1989. Her performance won her a Young Artist Award in 1985 for Best Young Actress in a Television Comedy Series and a Satellite Award in 2004 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. She was also nominated for Emmy Awards in 1986 and 1987, both for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, a Golden Globe in 1987 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV, and a TV Land Award in 2004 for Favorite Teen Dream – Female.
During her "Family Ties" tenure, Justine starred as the daughter of Tippi Hedren in "Mookie and Pookie," a 1984 episode of the syndicated fantasy series "Tales from the Darkside," and appeared in her first TV special in 1985's "First the Egg" on "ABC Afterschool Specials." She also acted in her first TV-movie, "Right to Kill" (ABC; 1985), and recreated the role of Mallory Keaton for the NBC TV-movie "Family Ties Vacation" (1985).
The following year, Justine hosted "Disney's Captain EO Grand Opening," and served as host and production consultant for the documentary "How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love?" She also landed her first starring role in a TV-movie alongside her brother Jason in "Can You Feel Me Dancing?" in which their father Kent was the supervising producer, and appeared in TV commercials for Maxwell House Coffee.
Justine made her feature acting debut as the lead singer of a teen band in the drama "Satisfaction" (1988; aka “Girls of Summer”), alongside Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Four years later, in 1992, she co-starred with Patrick Dempsey in "Merry Christmas, Baby," a play for "General Motors Playwrights Theater" on A&E. The following year, she lent her voice to Josie Earp on "The Wild West" (1993), a syndicated Western documentary miniseries.
The rest of the 1990s saw Justine guest starring as Sarah/Zara, an alien princess betrothed to Superman, in multiple 1996 episodes of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." She then appeared as a regular on the NBC version of the British sitcom "Men Behaving Badly" (1996-1997), playing Sarah Stretten/Sarah Mitchell, opposite Rob Schneider, Ken Marino, and Ron Eldard. She also received applause for portraying a hardened, chain-cigarette smoking divorce lawyer in the indie romantic comedy feature "Say You'll Be Mine" (1999).
“I made Courtney Love this spider-web sweater. It has a very irregular knit with elasticized wool so it looks like a shriveled wool torn-apart sweater for an eight-year-old. But when you stretch it over your torso, it looks really neat. When I got into [designing], there were just a few celebrities doing a clothing line. I think Kathie Lee Gifford had a line at Wal-Mart, and Monica Lewinsky had a line of handbags.” Justine Bateman
Entering the new millennium, Justine, an avid knitter, founded Justine Bateman Design. She subsequently more or less retired from acting to concentrate on fashion design and would later create her own fashion line under the brand name “Bad Baby Boy.” She now has a couture and ready-to-wear line.
“Maybe, or maybe she’ll hate me. Isn’t that the time you turn on your mother? I’m going to be in another city when my kids are teenagers. I’ll be like, “Give me a call when you’re done with all that.” Justine Bateman (on designing clothes when her daughter becomes a teen)
In 2003, Justine appeared in several episodes of the Showtime television series "Out of Order," starring Eric Stoltz and Felicity Huffman, and multiple episodes of CBS’ sitcom "Still Standing," playing Terry from 2004 to 2005. She was also cast in the recurring role of Lynn Barstow (2006-2007), a down-to-earth wildlife photographer, in the ABC romantic television series starring Anne Heche, "Men in Trees."
About of the “Men in Trees” cast, Justine commented, “The cast [of Men in Trees] is full of really neat people like Emily Bergl. She has a fondue club. They get together and make fondue and share recipes. The last time I talked to her, she was like, ‘Can I call you right back? I’m brewing beer.’ She was brewing beer in her house! And John Amos? He’s so cool; a legend. He lives on a boat in Mexico.”
On how she got the role of Lynn on “Men in Trees,” she recalled, “This is going to sound made-up, but I was on an airplane and [creator] Jenny Bicks was also on the plane. We didn’t have a conversation. She saw me, called my agents and said, 'Oh, can she play Lynn?'”
About her character Lynn being part of the script months before she appears, she explained, “Yeah. Sometimes in theater, they'll talk about your character a lot before you enter, but that rarely happens in television. Lynn was mentioned in almost every episode up until I came in [last November]. Lynn had the best intro of any character I've ever had.”
Meanwhile, Justine was also cast in the network satire "The TV Set" (2007), directed by Jake Kasdan, and was spotted as a guest in a November 2008 episode of Showtime’s series starring David Duchovny, "Californication."
“I found the highest high by hitting the lowest low.” Justine Bateman
Young Artist: Best Young Actress in a Television Comedy Series, "Family Ties," 1985
Satellite: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television, "Out of Order," 2004