Vanessa BaxterPlayed by Nancy Travis
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."
Nancy Travis stars opposite Tim Allen, playing his wife, Vanessa, who puts up with her opinionated, curmudgeon of a husband and their three opinionated girls.
In summer 2014, Travis wrapped production on two independent films – "The Submarine Kid," opposite Jack Coleman, Emilie de Ravin and Finn Wittrock, and "Married Young" starring Gary Cole, Lucas Neff, David Flynn and Vanessa Lengies.
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. Soon after, she joined the national touring company of Neil Simon's hit play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs." Her 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. She 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: Hallmark Channel's "Safe Harbor," and Lifetime's original movie "Pregnancy Pact."
Travis made her feature film debut in the blockbuster comedy "Three Men and A Baby." Her additional film credits include "The Jane Austin 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," and "Destiny Turns on the Radio" and "Bogie." On the small screen, she starred in "Becker" with Ted Danson and "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.