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Vanessa Baxter

Played by Nancy Travis

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Vanessa Baxter is a dedicated wife, caring mother/grandmother and a wisecracking geologist. After taking a break from her career to raise her three children, Vanessa returned to work and received a promotion shortly after, leaving less time for her family, less patience for their problems, and no patience for Mike’s “solutions.”

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Nancy Travis was born in New York and grew up in both Baltimore and Boston. She returned to New York to study drama at New York University and, soon after, joined the national touring company of Neil Simon’s hit play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Additional theatre credits include Broadway’s "I’m Not Rappaport" and Athol Fugard’s "My Children, My Africa," which the author directed at the La Jolla Playhouse. Travis is a founding member of the off-Broadway theatre company Naked Angels.

Travis starred on TBS’ hit comedy The Bill Engvall Show for three seasons and was recently seen in several television movies, including Hallmark Channel’s Safe Harbor, NBC’s A Walk in My Shoes and Lifetime’s original movies Pregnancy Pact and The Party Never Stops: Diary of a Binge Drinker. She has also guest-starred on an episode of CBS’ hit Numb3rs. Recently Travis returned to the stage as Theresa Bedell in Boy Gets Girl for director Randall Arney at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and starred in the classic Three Sisters.

Travis made her feature film debut in the blockbuster comedy Three Men and a Baby, and has added to her film credits with roles in The Jane Austen Book Club, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Internal Affairs, Air America, Three Men and a Little Lady, So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Vanishing, Greedy, Fluke, Destiny Turns on the Radio and Bogie. On the small screen, she starred in Becker with Ted Danson, Almost Perfect for CBS, and in the television movies My Last Love and Fallen Angels.

Travis resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.