After years of building a reputation as a classy and charming bachelor, George Clooney is hoping to now become a classy and charming husband.
Over the weekend, People announced that the dashing film and TV star proposed to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin sometime in the last two weeks. And she accepted.
However, unlike some celebrity engagements, there was no official announcement from the couple via social media, such as special Tweets or Instagram shots of the ring.
Instead, news sites had to go into research overdrive to first verify that a proposal actually happened – it did indeed, and Amal had an impressive looking rock to show it. The media also had to unearth a good deal of info in a hurry about the future Mrs. Clooney, who although has had an accomplished legal career, has not frequented Hollywood social circles like some of George’s past female companions, who were often drawn from the similar socialite/model/actress dating pools.
According to ABC News, she’s 36, and Oxford educated and is fluent in Arabic and French. She specializes in international law and human rights issues, and graduated from New York University School of Law. She’s written several international law books, and was co-editor of one about special tribunals in Lebanon, the country of her birth. She advised the United Nations on Syria, a past client was Julian Assange, the fugitive founder of Wikileaks, and she also was voted the top barrister in Your Barrister Boyfriends’ list of “21 Hottest Barristers in London.”
She works at the British firm Doughty Street Chamber.
The 52-year-old Clooney previously dated wrestler Stacy Keibler and actress Talia Balsam.
George and Amal were first seen together as a couple in London last fall, and later went to a White House dinner together, visited Africa, and dined with some of his Hollywood peers.
Part of her appeal might be her human rights work – Clooney has worked to combat hunger and poverty in different parts of the world, including Darfur, which sometimes involves actual visits or encouraging leaders to take stronger action.