In the ’80s, girls couldn’t get enough of Mallory Keaton on the hit NBC sitcom “Family Ties.” For actress Justine Bateman, it was the role of a lifetime. It was also her first legit acting job. During the entire 168 episode run of the series, the Rye, New York native was nominated for two Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and two Young Artist Awards for her work, and she even got to host an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
If you haven’t been following her since the show’s final episode on May 14, 1989, we have 14 recent photos of her that will help you catch up to what she’s been doing lately. Number 3 is a must-see for any “Family Ties” fan!
14) Bateman And Her Husband
In 2001, Justine Bateman married real estate developer Mark Fluent. The two go everywhere together, including Los Angeles’ Madeo Restaurant, which many celebrities call their favorite restaurant in the area. For this trip back in 2010, they had a little too much on their plate, so Bateman decided to bring home a doggy bag.
13) The 2010 Streamy Awards
Bateman showed up at the red carpet for the 2010 Streamy Awards, which honors all aspects of online video. The award show took place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California. She was nominated in the category of Best Female Actor in a Comedy Web Series for her work in “Easy to Assemble.”
12) Going Back To College
In 2012, Bateman took some time away from her acting career to head back to UCLA to get her degree in computer science. She wasn’t able to attend college during the filming of “Family Ties.” At the age of 46, she was one of the oldest freshman enrolled at the time. This photo was taken outside of the campus.
In June 2016, Bateman graduated from UCLA with a degree in computer science and management. She documented the entire journey over on her blog. In this photo, she congratulates her fellow classmate, who is also named Justine. Bateman has stated that she enjoyed every single moment of her college experience.
10) 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards
Here, Bateman is caught on camera taking a cellphone shot at the 2009 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which took place at the Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California. She made a special appearance on the accompanying TV special, which aired around four months after the award ceremony in February.
9) Hanging Out With Her Son
On June 18, 2002, Bateman gave birth to her son Duke Kenneth Fluent. In this photo, the actress spends some quality time with him on a bright, sunny day. Will he get into the acting business like his mom and uncle when he grows up? The sky’s the limit for the teen.
8) Studying On The Computer
As a college student, a vast majority of your time spent on campus will be glued in front of the computer to do research. While attending UCLA in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, California, Bateman had to spend quite a bit of time in front of the glowing screen.
7) The TV Set
In this photo, Justine arrives to the premiere of the 2006 film “The TV Set,” which was produced, written, and directed by Jake Kasdan, who is producing the 2017 “Jumanji” remake. In the film, the actress plays the role of Natalie Klein, who is the pregnant wife of Mike Klein (played by David Duchovny.)
6) 2011 TV Land Awards
Bateman showed up to the 2011 TV Land Awards to receive the Fan Favorite Award for her work in “Family Ties,” which was presented by comedian/actor Ben Stiller. The award ceremony took place at the Javits Center in New York City, and it was hosted by “Glee” star Jane Lynch.
5) weSPARK Comedy Night
In 2015, Bateman and her husband attended the weSPARK Comedy Night, which was held inside The Main Room at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, California. Joining them at their table were some special guests from Deutsche Bank, which is a German global banking company. That night featured comedy from Hal Sparks, Andy Richter, and Jeff Garlin.
4) 2007 LA Film Festival Cocktail Party
In this photo, Justine makes her way to the 2007 LA Film Festival Press and Filmmaker Cocktail Party, which was held at the Target Red Room in Los Angeles, California. The film festival featured screenings of movies such as “What We Do Is Secret,” “How to Rob a Bank,” and “Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America.”
3) Family Ties Reunion
In 2010, Bateman reunited with fellow “Family Ties” co-stars Meredith Baxley and Michael J. Fox to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The non-profit foundation was launched in the fall of 2000 to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. It has since invested $450 million towards research.
2) Walking To Campus
Even though she enrolled in college later than most people do, Justine proves that age shouldn’t prevent you from achieving your goals and bettering yourself as a person. Even with her fame, the actress put all of that to the side and didn’t want her fellow classmates to give her any special treatment.
1) Selfie On Campus
While studying can take away from any time you may have to yourself, it’s important to remember to smile, or in Justine’s case, take a selfie. During her first official day on the campus of UCLA, the actress took one to commemorate a new chapter in her life.
While she was studying in college, Bateman managed to have a small role in a 2013 episode of “Modern Family” titled “The Future Dunphys” and appeared in the 2013 film “Deep Dark Canyon,” the 2014 documentary “Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike,” and the 2015 short film “Customer Service.” With her degree, she is looking to get into the tech side of the entertainment industry. There’s also the chance of her getting back into the acting world in the near future. Whatever path she chooses, this talented actress will surely have an amazing future ahead of her.