Doughty Street Chambers
On Sunday, the relatively reputable gossip magazines People and Us Weekly both reported that George Clooney, one of the world's most eligible (and presumably hard to tie down) bachelors, is officially off the market. Clooney is engaged to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. Clooney, 52, and Alamuddin, 36, have been dating for about a year, but Clooney has dated quite a number of women since his first marriage to Talia Balsam ended in 1993. He married none of them.
So, who is Amal Alamuddin? She is an international lawyer who earned her law degree at Oxford and NYU and now practices as a barrister with London firm Doughty Street Chambers. While at NYU, Alamuddin clerked for federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is now a Supreme Court justice. Alamuddin's clients have included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, former Ukrainian Prime Minister (and current presidential candidate) Yulia Tymoshenko, and the country of Cambodia. She has served on a number of United Nations commissions and advisory boards.
Alamuddin was born in Beirut, but left for England with her family at age two. Her mother is foreign news editor at the Arab language newspaper al-Hayat, and her father is a retired business professor. She speaks French, English, and Arabic. She is very smart, very accomplished, and — assuming that the rumors are true and the wedding happens — she will be best known as Mrs. George Clooney.
For what it's worth, Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, had only this to say about the rumors: "I don't comment on my client's personal life."