From Cute to Convict: 'Family Ties' Star Now

Like Bateman, Yothers has struggled with her weight, though her problem was always keeping it off.

Asked by a member of the "Today" show audience if the "Family Ties" producers pressured her to keep her weight down, she joked, "They would all give me carrot sticks to eat – if that's pressure. I was a big kid. Next to Justine and Meredith, I was two times their size."

During her run on "Family Ties," Yothers formed a punk band called Jaded with her brother Cory, and even sang a song on the show called "Baby I'm Back in Love Again," which she later recorded as a single. She also wrote a book for girls called "Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls."

After the show, Yothers, now 36, died her blond locks black and accepted a few television roles, including playing skater Tonya Harding in a 1993 television movie. Then, following a nine-year hiatus from acting, Yothers appeared on stage in 2004 in "Lovelace the Musical," about porn star Linda Lovelace.

Still battling her weight, she appeared on VH-1's "Celebrity Fit Club" in 2006 and dropped 42 pounds and five dress sizes. After the birth of her second child with electrician husband Robert Kaiser, Yothers returned to the show, to appear on "Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp."

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