George Clooney vowed he would never get married again after he divorced first wife Talia Balsam, but something about Amal Alamuddin swept the former bachelor off his feet. The day after the movie star and the London lawyer tied the knot Saturday, some people began to wonder about Clooney’s first wife and why the marriage failed.
Clooney, then 28, and Balsam were married for four years. They tied the knot in Las Vegas Dec. 15, 1989. The “Gravity” actor filed for divorce Oct. 12, 1992, and listed August 1991 as the date of separation. They reportedly had dated only a few months before they wed.
“I probably, definitely wasn’t someone who should have been married at that point,” he later told Vanity Fair, according to OK Magazine. “I just don’t feel like I gave Talia a fair shot.” Clooney went on to live life as one of the most eligible bachelors for more than 20 years -- until he met Alamuddin.
Balsam is an actress who is best known for movies like “No Strings Attached,” “The Wackness,” “All the King’s Men” and “Little Manhattan,” according to the Internet Movie Database. She's also appeared on television series like "Mad Men," "Homeland" and "Without A Trace."
Hollywood runs through her family's veins. Her father, Martin Balsam, starred in iconic films like “Psycho” and “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” and her uncle Dick Van Patten was a sitcom star in the 1970s.
Balsam, 55, doesn’t mind being associated with her ex-husband. “I’m totally used to it now. And he does talk about it more than I do!” she told the Sunday Express in 2013. “It’s funny because it’s still in the present somehow, even though it was a long time ago. Now it’s just a fact. It doesn’t even enter my head any more.”
She’s been able to find another partner involved in Hollywood. She married “Mad Men” star John Slattery. The couple has a son, Harry. She even played her husband’s on-screen ex-wife on “Mad Men” after his character cheated on her with Joan Halloway.
Follow me on Twitter @mariamzzarella