Talia Balsam, the American born actress, is a well recognized celebrity in Hollywood. Born to actor parents on March 5, 1959, Talia followed her parents’ footsteps into the film industry and has appeared in several movies since her debut in late 1970s. Touched by an Angel, Mad Men, Conviction, No Strings Attached and Homeland are some of her popular works. Her marriage to actor George Clooney was a big affair in the media as well as their separation after four years.
Talia is a local of New York City. Her father was the prominent Hollywood actor Martin Balsam. Her Academy Award winning father starred in movies like Psycho and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She was born to Martin and Joyce Van Patten. From her mother’s side, she is related to Dick Van Patten, the Eight is Enough actor and Timothy Van Patten. Mad Men actor John Slattery is her current husband whom she married in 1998. Slattery is the actor of Flags Of Our Fathers, Desperate Housewives and K Street. They both star in the television series Mad Men and are husband and wife onscreen too. Slattery’s character cheats on Talia’s character in the series. They have a son together. Before her marriage to handsome Slattery, she was married to national heartthrob George Clooney. They dated for a short time and had a Las Vegas Wedding in 1989. Their marriage lasted for four years and their divorce was finalized in 1993.
Talia has an extensive history in film and television with accumulate net worth of $3 million dollars but she is most famously known at present for her portrayal of Mona Sterling on AMC’s Mad Men. On the series, she played the role of wife of John Slattery. The real life couple has been put in completely different setting on the series. In the series, John is distant from his wife and cheats on Mona. The pair revealed that because of her off screen chemistry, they have been able to foster great on screen job as well. Besides Mad Men, she has also appeared in television series The Good Wife and Homeland. She stated that she had the greatest fun working on Homeland even though major scenes containing her have been edited out. She also revealed that she and husband Slattery are huge fans of the series and are obsessed with the story line. Talia appeared in a series of roles in television as well as film in the 1970s. She made appearances in 1977’s Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn and Happy Days. Alongside her actor father, she starred in Archie Bunker’s Place in 1979. She played a recurring character in the series Taxi from 1978 to 1983. She had a recurring role in Punky Brewster too which she played for a few years. She appeared in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote in 1984 and 1996. She has also starred in movies like Little Manhattan, All the King’s Men and The Cake Eaters. She started appearing in Mad Men since 2007. She has also been appearing on the internet series Wainy Days since 2007. She has recurring roles in Nurse Jackie and Treme and was on the cast of the box office hit No Strings Attached. In 2014, she starred in The Girl in The Book.
When she’s not working to appear on the screen, Talia returns to her duties of motherhood and married life. Mad Men’s Mona Sterling, Talia Balsam has an entirely different relationship with John Slattery in real life. Having been married for over a decade, she and John Slattery look pretty happy with their teen son.
Talia Balsam may be a lesser known actress in mainstream film industry however she has quite an impressive resume. Her performance on Mad Men has been highly applauded and she has been an important cast member on the television series Homeland for its previous seasons. The stunning Talia Balsam is one of the greatest treasures of American television.