Political intrigue runs in Talia Balsam’s family

By Laurie Bennett

January 14, 2013 at 8:35am

“Homeland” last night took the Golden Globe for best drama on television.

Here’s a Muckety map for those who’ve been watching old episodes to tide them over until season 3.

Talia Balsam, who played Cynthia Walden, wife of the vice president, comes from a family of actors who have also appeared in political thrillers.

Her father, Oscar winner Martin Balsam, played Washington Post editor Howard Simons in “All the President’s Men.” Her mother, Joyce Van Patten, had a role in the spy movie, “The Falcon and the Snowman.”

Ex-husband George Clooney has starred in a spate of movies about politics and the military, including “The American” and “Syriana.”

So has current husband John Slattery, with whom Balsam has appeared in “Mad Men.”

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  • #1.   Jeff 01.14.2013

    Thanks for sharing this site! Good post!

  • #2.   emily 01.15.2013

    ahhh i never made the Mad Men or Clooney connection!

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