George Clooney's Ex-Wife Doubts He'll Remarry

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Feb. 10 2010, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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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 Hermès 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.

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For the Mad Men actress, 50, who has been married to co-star John Slattery since 1998, calling the 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.”


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