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Talia Balsam



A longtime television actress who has also branched out into film, brunette beauty Talia Balsam also gained Hollywood recognition for her brief marriage to a pre-superstar George Clooney. Born to actors Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten in New York City in 1960, the young aspiring actress received her education at the Treehaven School in Tucson, AZ, before making her bid for the big-time shortly thereafter. In the late '70s, Balsam warmed to television audiences with recurring roles in the small-screen hits Happy Days and Taxi and feature roles in such made-for-TV films as The Survival of Dana and Sunnyside (both 1979) proved a testament to her dramatic range. A dizzying onslaught of similar television features followed, and the 1980s found Balsam becoming something of a staple in such made-for-TV efforts as Kent State (1981) and The Ladies (1987). Endearing roles on Family Ties and Punky Brewster provided just the right balance to such feature screamers as The Supernaturals (1986) and The Kindred (1987); by the time the 1990s rolled around, Balsam was married to up-and-comer Clooney and turning heads on Murder, She Wrote, thirtysomething, and Law & Order. Despite the fact that her most successful roles came with dramatic small-screen roles, Balsam continued to prove that she was an actress of little pretense by appearing in such quirky feature efforts as Coldblooded (1995) and Camp Stories (1997). Married to John Slattery following her divorce from Clooney in 1993, Balsam was later seen in the TV series L.A. Doctors and the feature Valerie Flake (1999).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
50% Don't Worry Baby
  • Miram Lang
2016
91% The Girl in the Book
  • Mom
2015
85% Return
  • Julie
2012
49% No Strings Attached
  • Sandra Kurtzman
2011
67% Conviction
  • Prosecuting Attorney
2010
69% The Wackness
  • Mrs. Shapiro
2008
64% The Cake Eaters
  • Violet
2007
11% All The King's Men
  • Lucy Stark
2006
77% Little Manhattan
  • Jackie Telesco
2005
No Score Yet Coldblooded
  • Jean Alexander
1995
No Score Yet Shame II The Secret
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet The Companion
  • Charlene Warner
1994
No Score Yet Homicidal Impulse (Killer Instinct )
  • Emma
1992
No Score Yet Sins of the Mother
  • Liz
1991
No Score Yet Trust Me
  • Catherine Walker
1989
64% In the Mood (The Woo Woo Kid)
  • Judy Cusimano
1987
No Score Yet P.I. Private Investigations
  • Jenny Fox
1987
No Score Yet The Kindred
  • Sharon Raymond
1987
9% Crawlspace
  • Lori Bancroft
1986
No Score Yet The Supernaturals
  • Pvt. Angela Lejune
1986
No Score Yet Consenting Adult
  • Margie
1985
No Score Yet Mass Appeal
  • Liz Dolson
1984
No Score Yet Nadia
  • Marta Karolyi
1984
No Score Yet Calamity Jane
  • Jean
1984
No Score Yet Kent State
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Camp Stories
  • Mary
1980
No Score Yet The Survival of Dana
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Initiation of Sarah
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Carla
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Sheila Kent
63% Divorce
2016
  • Dallas
90% Homeland
2011
  • Cynthia Walden
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Victoria Carson
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Turner Teri Marks
94% Mad Men
2007-2015
  • Mona Sterling
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Maria Malone
89% FlashForward
2009-2010
  • Surgeon General Anita Ralston
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Anne Anne Stevens

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