In this new world of acrimonious divorces, there are, happily, some high-profile ex-spouses bucking the trend. 

Talia Balsam was married to George Clooney between 1989 to 1993, back when the actor sported an impressive mop and a year before it would be chopped off so he could undertake the role of Dr Doug Ross on ER. He was a member of the hospital drama’s cast for 14 years. 

Balsam, who now stars in the HBO comedy Divorce, was sanguine about Clooney, who is now married to internationally renowned human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. 

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“George is charming. He remains charming. I’ve worked with him,” she told People

“I probably - definitely - wasn’t someone who should have been married at the point.” 

Now one-half of Hollywood’s ultimate power couple, Clooney was once much more reluctant about the prospect of remarrying, telling Piers Morgan in 2011: “I gave it a shot […] [and it should have] proven how good I was at it." 

But in February it transpired that after being so unenthused about getting married, Clooney had worked hard to persuade Amal to be his wife after six months of dating.

He told Ellen Degeneres: “I got down on my knee and said: 'I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you.' And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like ‘Oh My God’. 

“And we now know because there was a playlist so we know how long it actually took, and it was like 25 minutes. Finally, I literally said, ‘Look, I hope the answer's yes, but I need an answer 'cause I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.' And she said ‘oh, yes’ and it worked out really well.“ 

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