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Midge Daniels
Midge
Portrayed by Rosemarie DeWitt
First appearance Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Details
Gender Female
Occupation Freelance Artist
Relations
Husband Perry Demuth
Romantic Partners Don Draper
Roy Hazelitt

Midge Daniels is a smart, ambitious art illustrator, and a thoroughly independent career woman – like many of the women of the time who are newly venturing into the workforce. Midge plays by her own rules, and openly rejects the traditional ideals of marriage and domestic life.

This “live in the moment” mentality makes her the perfect love interest for Don. Her anti-establishment friends may be too much for Don, as he embodies their "enemy," but she relishes his discomfort in it. One night, even after Don realizes that she and Roy are in love, he asks her to go to Paris, she declines for obvious reasons.

In 1965, she ran into Don in the Time Life building. She told him to join her at home with her husband, since she had lost her purse. When they arrived at her house, her husband implied that she would have sex with him if he bought one of her paintings. He promises to make a great dinner, but has no cash on him. Don gave him 10 dollars, and he appeared disappointed before leaving. She told him that he would just put that in his arm, also telling him that she is a junkie as well. She knows she was addicted but could not stop. He wrote her a check that she couldn't cash, so he ripped it up and gave her 120 dollars in cash. He takes one of her paintings and leaves without saying another word to her.[1]

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