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The Real-Life Ida Blankenship from 'Mad Men' Looks Nothing Like You Imagined

By Dustin Rowles | Mad Men | April 14, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Mad Men | April 14, 2015 |

When Emily posted the video this morning of the Mad Men cast playing F*ck, Marry, Kill with characters on the show, and Jon Slattery said he’s f*ck Ida Blankenship because, “Have you seen her in real life?” I had to do a brief deep dive to see of what her refers.

He’s not wrong, either.

Ida Blankenship is played by Randee Heller, and even though she is pushing 70, here’s what she looks like in real life:



But no, really. It’s true!


Old, old old-timers might even recognize her from back in the day when she was on Soap. She played a troubled lesbian. In 1979. She was TV’s first recurring lesbian character.

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Oh, and she was also Karate Kid’s mom.


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