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Talia Balsam’s leading men

By Laurie Bennett

August 12, 2010 at 8:05am

Actress Talia Balsam has been in the company of male stars her whole life.

Her father, Oscar-winning actor Martin Balsam, had supporting roles in such movies as A Thousand Clowns, All the President’s Men and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

Her mother is actress Joyce Van Patten, sister of Dick Van Patten, who is best known for his role as the dad on the 1970s TV series Eight is Enough.

Her ex-husband is George Clooney, to date unobtainable by any other woman on the planet.

Current husband John Slattery plays opposite her on AMC’s hit series, Mad Men.

Until recently, Balsam was best known as a sidelong reference in Clooney’s endless coverage. But the success of Mad Men is bringing new prominence in her own right.

Balsam plays Mona Sterling, the frosty ex-wife of Roger Sterling, her silver-haired husband in real life. She’s sardonic and elegant, described by her husband in one episode as “a lioness.”

Her appearances, however, are rare treats. We’d love to see more of her on the show.

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