George Clooney’s ex-wife “doubts” he’ll marry again


Chuckle. For those of us Mad Men-aholics, Talia Balsam is a goddess. Sure, she’s always been a really gifted actress. But her small part as Mona Sterling is absolute genius. In the first two seasons, she played the long-suffering wife of Roger Sterling, who just happened to be played by Talia’s real-life husband, John Slattery. Then their characters got divorced, but Mona was still in the show, and the way that she and Slattery play off of each other is still brilliant and hilarious. For those Mad Men fanatics, did anyone else get choked up when Roger toasted Mona at their daughter’s wedding, calling her a “lioness”?

Hermes Opens First Men's Store

Anyway, that was all to say that I really love Talia and so can do no wrong. She and John Slattery both are lovely beyond words. Here’s the thing, though – Slattery is Talia’s second husband. Her first husband was none other than George Clooney. Now, Talia rarely talks about George, and George rarely says anything about his one and only marriage, other than to profess that he probably won’t ever marry again. I’ve always suspected there’s some big story about their marriage, but neither of them will say anything about it! Until now….

Talia was interviewed by OK! Magazine while she and Slattery were at the Hermes opening in new York Tuesday night, and she got some questions about Clooney. Talia seems kind of “over it” to me. She says that she “doubts” Clooney will ever marry again, and that she “doesn’t know” if Clooney would make a good husband. Ha!

Talia Balsam doesn’t see marriage in ex-husband George Clooney’s future.

“You’d have to ask him that, but I doubt it,” she tells reporters during Tuesday’s Hermés Men’s Store opening held in NYC. “It doesn’t look that way.”

If he were to tie the knot with Italian TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis, whom he has been squiring since mid-2009, she “doesn’t know” why he would make a good husband even though they remain on friendly terms.

For the Mad Men actress, 50, who has been married to co-star John Slattery since 1998, calling Oscar winner her mate from 1989-1993 was less than glamorous. During that time, George’s most prestigious acting roles included guest stints on Roseanne and Sisters.

He was also down on his luck, having been dismissed from Baby Talk in 1991.

“I’ve been fired off a lot of TV shows over the years,” George, 48, has said. “I like when they pick up a show, and they go ‘hey, the show’s picked up’ and then they replace you. I did this show called Baby Talk, which was the sitcom of Look Who’s Talking, and Ed Weinberger, who was the producer – he and I didn’t get along. Eventually, I’m not sure if I was fired or quit from that one.”

He told OK!, “Fame was sort of an overnight thing for me after 12 years of doing really bad television.”

In 2009, Talia admitted she and George maintain a friendship.

“We don’t hang out with our exes and presents, but we are totally cordial,” she told OK!. “John’s worked with him many times. We both did K Street, so we’ve worked together, but we don’t have a daily conversation.”

Still, Talia isn’t picking favorites and rooting for her ex in the best picture category during the Academy Awards – even though George’s movie Up in the Air is in the running.

“I feel like I haven’t caught up yet,” she says. “I know what I like, but I haven’t seen everything yet. There’s a lot of good stuff out there.”

[From OK! Magazine]

Do you see why I love her? She’s awesome. She had Clooney back in the day, and she’s like “whatever.” He probably hadn’t developed all of those alleged kinky tendencies yet. Or maybe he had, and she wasn’t into it. Or maybe John Slattery is just better than Clooney in every way. Or maybe Talia just doesn’t give a f-ck. Probably that one.

Here’s an photo of Talia and George from when they were married, courtesy of Google Images:


opening of the first Hermes Men's Store in New York City

Vintage Clooney, credit: WENN.

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  1. Lardy Chops says:

    She’s a class act all right. The only woman on the globe who married George Clooney and she STILL won’t tell.

    Kind of wish she would though. Would be fascinating.

  2. Lway says:

    OMG – George must cringe at the site of the first photo. George in his polka dot shirt – that’s just nasty.

  3. lio says:

    Well, maybe there’s nothing to tell?

  4. Jane Q. Doe says:

    I’d just bet that header photo is from his stint on “Facts of Life”! I remember thinking he was a cutie back then…

  5. YeaRight! says:

    After less then 4 yrs of marriage, she found out her husband was GAY.

  6. JulieNewmar says:

    HAHAHA.. remember those giagantic wide belts from the 80’s. The ones with buckles large and heavy enough to knock a bitch out cold with one swing.

  7. cara says:

    I’m with yearight!
    and more gay.

  8. Just a Poster says:


    So, I wonder if we will ever get the real reason why George won’t marry again??

  9. lola lola says:

    What a nice change from the tell-all, write a book about it blabbermouths! What a lovely woman.

  10. Garrett says:

    Maybe she knows George probably won’t remarry because she knows George bats for the other team.

  11. Poodlemom says:

    I wish she would talk a little about her current husband–John Slattery! He’s HOT!

  12. Eileen Yover says:

    Wow. That John guy is so cool, he can’t even crack a smile. He’s nice looking!

  13. DoMaJoReMc says:

    YUP! Gay all the way. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but why doesn’t he just be honest with himself?

    Think Rock Hudson’s sham of a marriage just to stop any rumors of his sexuality. Talia is a wonderful woman who stayed with George to make it look like a legitimate marriage.

  14. The Queen Bee says:

    I think he won’t remarry because he likes to be the more successful/more powerful partner in a relationship. He likes to come and go as he pleases. Talia was more successful than him during their marriage and he couldn’t handle it – hence he will never marry again, because godforbid his wife is more popular than he.

  15. fansome says:

    What a cool lady. After all this time, the press is still asking her about George and she has the good grace not to kick them in the nuts, talk smack about George or exploit their past relationship. She’s a class act, for sure. No wonder they’re still friendly. Tiger’s “give me a talk show” girls could learn a thing or two from this lovely, dignified lady. Go Talia!

    (Oh, and George is WAY more handsome now. Time has been good to him.)

  16. oc says:

    I seem to recall that, many many years ago, Clooney himself gave an interview in which he said he was a really bad husband to her and that’s why he’d never remarry

  17. Me says:

    Classy lady- I love her on Mad Men, and didn’t realize she was married to John Slattery!

  18. snapdragon says:

    maybe marriage just isn’t for him, especially after going through a divorce. not a big deal.

  19. Or maybe John Slattery is just better than Clooney in every way. –>I say yes.

  20. poppy says:

    The story is Clooney cheated on her, a lot, he was never home and carried on with his buddies like a single man, they were married 4yrs but were only together for about 18 months and most of that time he was never home.

    He has also cheated on every one of his long term girlfriends, so many people thought he was a class act for so many years but if you care to dig deep enough on the internet many of his ex’s have dished the dirt on him. He likes to think he is a man of integrity but charming, selfish, childish, cheater is what most of them say.

    He’s teetering on the stippery slid down now, despite the oscar nomination he is past his prime in a few years it will be George who?

  21. Chana says:

    Of course he won’t get married again, he’s gay isn’t he?

  22. Fifthpocket says:

    I was once a dresser for an actress that had a brief relationship with Clooney. When I asked her how the sex was she just sighed and said “…Meh.”

    I’m not that into the guy.

  23. shawna says:

    wow I just realized he totallyyyy got his chin surgery

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