Meredith Eaton appears as dwarf attorney Bethany Horowitz on the series.
|Height||4'0" (1.2 m)|
|Birth name:||Meredith Hope Eaton|
|Also known as:||Meredith Eaton-Gordon|
|Birthplace:||Long Island, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s):||Michael Gilden (2001-2006) (his death)|
Brian S. Gordon (2008-present)
|Appeared on:||Boston Legal|
|Character played:||Bethany Horowitz, who first appears in the Season 2 episode "New Kids on the Block"|
Meredith Hope Eaton (sometimes credited as Meredith Eaton-Gilden; born August 26, 1974) appears as diminuitive, dwarf sized attorney Bethany Horowitz on Boston Legal in 18 episodes from Seasons 3-5. She is 4 feet tall and refers to herself as a "short-stature actress". She is best known for portraying the attorney Emily Resnick on the CBS television series Family Law (in which she was the first female dwarf to fill a regular role in an American prime time series), and for her recurring role as Bethany Horowitz on Boston Legal.
Eaton was born on Long Island, New York to a clinical psychiatrist mother and an administrative law judge father. She attended Hofstra University in nearby Hempstead, New York, where she was an active member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority; she graduated in 1996 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, minoring in theater. In June 2007, she was named by Hofstra University as their Alumnus of the Month.
She later earned a master's degree in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, where she achieved a 4.0 grade point average. She would later credit her training in psychology for giving her a better ability to understand character dynamics in preparing for acting roles.
Meredith's acting career began in 1999 when she attended an open casting call for the comedy film Unconditional Love. Despite it being her first audition, she won out over 500 women from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom to be cast in the role of Maudey Beasley.
Unconditional Love was not released until 2002. Her performance was seen by Paul Haggis, who created the role of Emily Resnick for her on Family Law. Joining the cast in 2002, she continued with the series until its cancellation later that same year. She later had significant guest appearances on NYPD Blue, Dharma & Greg, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House and NCIS. She also appeared as herself in Standing Tall at Auschwitz, which was a History Channel documentary on the Ovitz family, and in No Bigger Than a Minute, an independent documentary on dwarfism which aired on the PBS program P.O.V.
She has a dual career as both a mental health therapist and an actress, though she stated in 2007 that her acting career had priority. Finding difficulty in obtaining new roles following the cancellation of Family Law, and disliking the stereotypical parts frequently offered to little people in Hollywood, she worked for a year at a locked, in-patient psychiatric unit in California, sometimes with dangerous patients. She has advised prospective professional actors to "(h)ave a backup plan" and has stated that her psychology degree is her "safety net".
Eaton was married to Michael Gilden, also an actor, from May 20, 2001, until his death in Los Angeles on December 5, 2006. Eaton married Los Angeles photographer Brian S. Gordon on October 12, 2008. They have one child together.
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Kate Palmer||"Pride & Prejudice"|
|NYPD Blue||Stella Kensington||"Family Ties"|
|2002||Unconditional Love||Maudey Beasley|
|Family Law||Emily Resnick||(14 episodes)|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Melanie Grace||"A Little Murder"|
|2006||House||Maddy||"Merry Little Christmas"|
|P.O.V.||Herself||"No Bigger Than a Minute"|
|Boston Legal||Bethany Horowitz||(18 episodes, 2006–2008)|
|2007||Without a Trace||Brenda Spivak||"Claus and Effect"|
(as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
|2008||Ball’s Out: The Gary Houseman Story||Mrs. Tuttle|
|2011||NCIS||Carol Wilson||"Devil's Triangle"|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Script error
- ↑  Little People, Big World: Matt's Chats, The Learning Channel, hosted by Matthew Roloff, accessed 2013-09-28.
- ↑ Alumnus of the Month, Hofstra University (June 2007), accessed 2007-09-02.
- ↑ TV RISING STAR: Meredith Eaton Casting a Giant Shadow, by Stephanie DuBois, Netscape Celebrity, accessed September 3, 2007.
- ↑ No Bigger Than a Minute, 2006, Public Broadcasting Service (pbs.org), first accessed September 3, 2007.]
- ↑ ce_hol_10162006, Just Getting Started, accessed 2007-09-03, by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith, 2007, Netscape Celebrity, for Netscape.com
- ↑ Short actors gain stature by Gary Strauss,  for USA Today February 26, 2007, first accessed 2007-09-03.