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
1977 Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn
1977 Happy Days Nancy Croft TV series (1 episode)
1978–1983 Taxi Cathy TV series
1979 Sunnyside Ann Rosario
1979 Survival of Dana
1980 Archie Bunker's Place Beverly Klein
1982–1989 Family Ties TV series
1984 Mass Appeal Liz Dolson
1984 Magnum, P.I. Emily TV series (1 episode "On Face Value")
1984–1986, 1987–1988 Punky Brewster Miranda 'Randi' Mitchell TV series
1984, 1996 Murder, She Wrote Debbie Delancey / Julie Pritzer TV series (2 episodes)
1985 Consenting Adult Margie
1986 Crawlspace Lori Bancroft
1986 The Supernaturals Pvt. Angela Lejune
1987 The Kindred Sharon Raymond
1987 P.I. Private Investigations Jenny Fox
1987–1991 Thirtysomething Paige TV series
1989 Trust Me Catherine Walker
1990–2010 Law & Order: Remand Teri Marks TV series[1]
1991 Sins of the Mother Liz
1992 Killer Instinct/Homicidal Impulse Emma
1994 The Companion Charlene
1994–2003 Touched by an Angel Dr. Joanne Glassberg TV series
1995 Coldblooded Jean Alexander
1995 Diagnosis Murder Tonya TV series (1 episode "Call Me Incontestable")
1997 Camp Stories Mary
1997–2002 Ally McBeal Sheila Kent TV series
1998–1999 L.A. Doctors Julie Lonner TV series
1998–1999 The Love Boat: The Next Wave TV series
1999 Valerie Flake
2002–2009 Without a Trace Jack Malone's Wife TV series
2003 K Street Gail TV Series
2005 Little Manhattan Jackie Telesco
2006 All the King's Men Lucy Stark
2007 The Cake Eaters Violet Kaminski
2007–2015 Mad Men Mona Sterling TV series
2007 Wainy Days Carol Internet video series
2008 The Wackness Mrs. Shapiro
2009 Nurse Jackie Grace's Therapist TV series
2010 Choose Clarissa
2010 Conviction Prosecuting Attorney
2010 Treme Carla Hall TV series
2011 No Strings Attached Sandra Kurtzman
2011 Return Julie
2012–2013 Homeland Cynthia Walden TV series
2014 The Girl in the Book Mom


  1. ^ a b c d 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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