Talia Balsam

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Talia Balsam
Born (1959-03-05) March 5, 1959 (age 56)
New York City, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) George Clooney (1989–1993)
John Slattery (1998–present; 1 child)
Parent(s) Martin Balsam (1919–1996)
Joyce Van Patten (b. 1934)
Relatives Dick Van Patten (uncle)
Pat Van Patten (aunt)
Timothy Van Patten (half-uncle)
Vincent Van Patten (cousin)

Talia Balsam (born March 5, 1959) is an American TV and film actress. She is the daughter of film actor Martin Balsam and actress Joyce Van Patten. She was formerly married to George Clooney, and is currently married to John Slattery.[1][2]


Early life[edit]

Balsam was born in New York City to actor Martin Balsam and actress Joyce Van Patten.[1] She is the niece of actor Dick Van Patten, actress Pat Van Patten and actor Tim Van Patten.

She attended a boarding school in Tucson, Arizona, in her adolescent years.

Personal life[edit]

Balsam married actor George Clooney in Las Vegas in 1989; they were divorced in 1993.[2] Clooney stated, "I probably – definitely – wasn't someone who should have been married at that point." Clooney told Vanity Fair, "I just don't feel like I gave Talia a fair shot."[3] Since 1998 Balsam has been married to John Slattery with whom she has a son, Harry Slattery. They married at the county of Kauai.[1] Together, they played husband and wife Roger and Mona Sterling in Mad Men.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Sunnyside Ann Rosario
1984 Mass Appeal Liz Dolson
1986 Crawlspace Lori Bancroft
1986 Supernaturals, TheThe Supernaturals Pvt. Angela Lejune
1987 Kindred: The Embraced Sharon Raymond
1987 In the Mood Judy Cusimano
1987 P.I. Private Investigations Jenny Fox
1989 Trust Me Catherine Walker
1991 Walter Ego, TheThe Walter Ego Susie the Whore Short film
1991 Killer Instinct Emma
1995 Coldblooded Jean Alexander
1997 Camp Stories Mary
1999 Valerie Flake Linda
2002 Emmett's Mark Suzanne
2005 Little Manhattan Jackie Telesco
2006 All the King's Men Lucy Stark
2007 Cake Eaters, TheThe Cake Eaters Violet Kaminski
2008 Wackness, TheThe Wackness Mrs. Shapiro
2009 Broadroom, TheThe Broadroom Julie Video short
2010 Conviction Prosecuting Attorney
2011 Return Julie
2011 No Strings Attached Sandra Kurtzman
2011 Choose Clarissa
2015 Don't Worry Baby Miriam Lang
2015 Girl in the Book, TheThe Girl in the Book Mom
2016 Thank You for Being Honest Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Happy Days Nancy Croft "Hollywood: Parts 1 - 3"
1978 Initiation of Sarah, TheThe Initiation of Sarah Allison TV film
1978 Stickin' Together Grace Geary TV film
1978 Fast Lane Blues Dolly TV film
1978 Dallas Rita Briggs "Black Market Baby"
1978 Millionaire, TheThe Millionaire Doreen TV film
1978-1980 Taxi Cathy Consuelos "Like Father, Like Daughter"
1979 Survival of Dana Rona TV film
1979 Runaways, TheThe Runaways Diana Robinson "Wrong Way Street"
1980 OHMS Noranne Wing TV film
1980 Archie Bunker's Place Beverly Klein-Munoz "Murray's Daughter"
1980 When the Whistle Blows Sharon Jenkins "Beauty Pageant"
1981 Kent State Sandy Scheuer TV film
1981 Crazy Times Eve TV film
1982 Hill Street Blues Sally "Some Like It Hot-Wired"
1983 Cagney & Lacey Diane "Affirmative Action"
1983 Family Ties Carrie Newman "Tender Is the Knight"
1984 Calamity Jane Jean Irene O'Neill TV film
1984 Magnum, P.I. Emily Jackson "On Face Value"
1984 Punky Brewster Miranda 'Randi' Mitchell "Punky Finds a Home: Parts 1 & 2"
1985 Consenting Adult Margie TV film
1985 Murder, She Wrote Debbie Delancey "Footnote to Murder"
1987 Tales from the Darkside Gail "The Social Climber"
1987 Ladies, TheThe Ladies Linda TV film
1988 Tour of Duty Vickie Adams "Pushin' Too Hard"
1988 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Golden Land Verna TV film
1989-1990 Thirtysomething Paige "Michael's Campaign", "Pulling Away"
1990 Murder, She Wrote Julie Pritzer "Murder: According to Maggie"
1991 Sins of the Mother Liz Trent TV film
1991 Life Goes On Ms. Melanie Karlsen "Ghost of Grandpa Past"
1991 Stat Rita Falco "Psychosomatic"
1991 Jake and the Fatman Cathy Reno "Come Along with Me"
1991 Past Imperfect Jill TV film
1992 Law & Order Turner "Consultation"
1993 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Dora "Being There"
1993 Mad About You Debbie "The Unplanned Child"
1994 Companion, TheThe Companion Charlene TV film
1995 Diagnosis: Murder Tonya Gilpin "Call Me Incontestable"
1995 Touched by an Angel Dr. Joanne Glassberg "In the Name of God"
1995 Almost Perfect Jeannie Guthrie "A Dog Day Afternoon", "You Like Me, You Really Like Me", "The Ex-Files"
1996 Law & Order Teri Marks "Remand"
1997 Early Edition Dr. Robbin English "The Cat"
1997-1998 Profiler Monica Sikes "Old Acquaintance", "Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick"
1998 Nothing Sacred Laura "A Nun's Story"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave, TheThe Love Boat: The Next Wave Diana Wilson "Smooth Sailing"
1998-1999 L.A. Doctors Julie Lonner Recurring role
1999 Ally McBeal Shelia Kent "Angels and Blimps"
2000 Schimmel Kathy TV film
2000 Street, TheThe Street Mrs. Nicole Mason "Hostile Makeover"
2003 Third Watch Mrs. Beckman "In Confidence"
2003 K Street Gail Recurring role
2003-2004 Without a Trace Maria Malone Recurring role
2005 Into the Fire Dr. Linda Boyle TV film
2005 Commander in Chief Ruth "Pilot"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Victoria Carson "Wrongful Life"
2007-2014 Mad Men Mona Sterling Pike Recurring role
2008 Wainy Days Carol "Carol"
2009 FlashForward Surgeon Gen. Anita Ralston "Gimme Some Truth"
2010 Treme Carla Hall "Shallow Water, Oh Mama"
2012 Homeland Cynthia Walden Recurring role
2013 Elementary Cheryl Gregson "An Unnatural Arrangement"
2013-2014 Good Wife, TheThe Good Wife Anne Stevens "A Precious Commodity", "Goliath and David"
2014 Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom Toni Dodd "Contempt"
2015 Divorce Dallas Regular role


  1. ^ a b c Buchanan, Jason. "Talia Balsam movies, photos, movie reviews, filmography, and biography – AllMovie". Allmovie.com. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Talia Balsam Movies, Pictures and Awards". Mrmovietimes.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Wang, Julia. "George Clooney Biography : People.com". People.com. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 

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