Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American actress, writer and producer. Her television career included a regular role on the sitcom Family Ties from 1982 until 1989. She currently runs a consulting company, SECTION 5 and a production company, FM78.tv, of which she is a founding partner.
Bateman was born in Rye, New York, to Victoria, a flight attendant, and Kent Bateman, an acting coach, film and television writer/director, and founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood. Her younger brother is actor Jason Bateman. She attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California, and graduated in 1984.
Bateman played the role of superficial Mallory Keaton on the television sitcom Family Ties from 1982 to 1989 for which she was nominated for two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Mallory was presented as a vacuous airhead, which was fodder for jokes and teasing from her brother Alex (Michael J. Fox). In 1984, Bateman starred on the Tales from the Darkside television series in the episode "Mookie and Pookie". Bateman hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live during its 13th season in 1988. That same year, she starred in the lead role in Satisfaction, a film about an all-girl band that also starred Julia Roberts and Liam Neeson. Bateman starred as the lead vocalist and also performed the vocals on the soundtrack. She also guest-starred in four episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as a Kryptonian named Zara/Sarah, who was married at birth to Superman.