Thursday, May 30, 2024

Don Draper’s Ex-Squeeze Gets 3 Movies, TV Pilot


Remember the teacher who Don Draper abandoned in a car outside his house at the end of season three of “Mad Men”?

Well, charming young actress Abigail Spencer does: she’s gotten meaty roles in three movies and sold a pilot to ABC Family after Don left her Miss Farrell (Sally’s teacher) to fend for herself.

Spencer was originally discovered a decade ago by Kathie Lee Gifford in the audience of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” From there she got a three year contract with “All My Children.” The rest is history.

Last night at the exclusive Bulgari fundraising dinner for Paul Haggis’s Artists for Peace and Justice–held at Ron Burkle’s magnificent Beverly Hills estate–Abigail told me that her “Mad Men” episodes led to lots of great things.

Jon Favreau told me he loved me from Mad Men,” Spencer said, which helped get her into the upcoming “Cowboys and Aliens.” She’s also snagged roles in “This Means War” with Reese Witherspoon and “The Haunting in Georgia.” She’s also a pilot called “Teach” to ABC Family.

Spencer told me all this while Ricky Martin was on stage blasting out “La Vida Loca” for an all star audience that included Haggis, Josh Brolin, Maria Bello, Gerard Butler, Olivia Wilde, Jason Lewis, Ryan Kavanagh, Chace Crawford, Moby, Kyle Maclachlan, “King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper,  Sebastian Stan, Kevin McKidd, and Sharon Osbourne.

The evening –which honored Haggis and “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller–also benefited Save the Children, which was represented by Bill Haber and two Kennedy cousins–brothers Mark and Anthony Shriver. Fuller, who was toasted by Nigel Lythgoe, told the audience he was thrilled with the upcoming season of “AI”–“just to be in the presence of Jennifer Lopez.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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