I first saw George Timothy Clooney between 1994 and 1999 on the long-running drama series, ER, as Dr Doug Ross. I thought he was good looking, and seemed charming. And the next time I saw him was in Batman & Robin. Although the movie was little better than a cartoon, he was the perfect eye candy. Besides being named the sexiest man alive twice – in 1997 and 2006 – he has won several awards, showing his acting prowess, and not just being eye candy. Can you believe that he is the only person ever to be nominated for the Academy Awards in six categories? And that he has won the Oscars twice? Wow!
Anyway, since the man is handsome as all get out, there’re bound to be a number of ladies that he has been in relationship with. I mean, it’s obvious. And over the years, George Clooney has dated a slew of beauties from around the world – Ginger Lynn Allen, Kelly Preston, Renee Zellweger, Krista Allen, Celine Balitran, Lisa Snowdon, Sarah Larson, Elisabetta Canalis, and Stacy Keibler – are a few among them. Whew! Since his first marriage to actress Talia Balsam ended in a divorce in 1993, many speculated that he would remain a handsome bachelor for life.
But that wasn’t to be.
The successful and beautiful British-Lebanese lawyer, activist, and author, Amal Alamuddin, 36, caught Mr Clooney’s eye, and the couple got engaged on April 28th, 2014. And his mother approves! After Amal’s law firm confirmed that the couple were engaged, his mother told the Daily mail, “You can say I’m extremely happy, Amal’s a lovely girl. We weren’t at all surprised when they told us they were engaged, and we couldn’t be happier for them.”
Specializing in international law, criminal law, human rights, and extradition, Amal is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Her clients include Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in his fight against extradition to the US. That’s not all, she has also represented the former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.
When the couple’s harmonious relationship was threatened by a tabloid, and boy, did George rise to the occasion! In July of this year, Clooney publicly criticized the British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail, after it wrongly claimed that Amal’s mother was opposed to the couple’s marriage on religious grounds. George wrote to the tabloid, attacking the credibility of such a wrongful story: “The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.” Later, he refused to accept the newspaper’s apology, stating that, “… they’ve exposed themselves as the worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.”
And since the couple got engaged, everything from the venue to the guest list to which designer will get to design Clooney’s tux, has been rumored about in various forums. Here’s what we do know for sure about the most-talked-about wedding in Hollywood:
- George and Amal obtained marriage licenses at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea of the UK, on August 7th, 2014
- The couple’s mothers, Nina Bruce Clooney and Baria Alamuddin, seem very much involved in the wedding planning
- George will be kitted out in a custom-made Giorgio Armani tuxedo, which was confirmed by Armani himself, at his Emporio Armani show at Milan Fashion Week
- The bride-to-be Amal, may be following in the Duchess of Cambridge’s footsteps, since she was spotted leaving the Alexander McQueen head offices
- There is speculation that she might wear Oscar de la Renta as per reports from the Italian outlet
- A ‘casual’ dinner will be held at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, on the eve of the wedding, i.e., September 26th
- The wedding is set to take place in Venice, Italy, on the 27th of September, at 11AM, at the Aman Canal Grande Venice
- Only 60 guests are rumored to attend the event, with Matt Damon and his wife Luciana, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, in attendance for sure
- It is still unclear whether the newlyweds Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would attend the wedding ceremony
- While Gerber is the best man, who is also providing 50 cases of tequila, Amal’s little sister, Tala, is the maid of honor
- The wedding will be officiated by Walter Veltroni, an Italian writer and former mayor of Rome
- Apparently, Amal is very traditional, so it is her family that will be paying for the wedding
- The guests will have a menu of both Italian and Lebanese dishes, in deference to the wedding’s location and the bride-to-be’s heritage, respectively
- The Italian tenor, singer, songwriter, Andrea Bocelli, is scheduled to perform at the wedding
And the groom-to-be can’t wait to be married to the lovely Amal. A few weeks ago, at the Celebrity Fight Night in Florence, Italy, apparently, George couldn’t stop gushing about his impending nuptials to Amal. He was there to accept an award. He said, “I would just like to say to my bride-to-be Amal that I love you very much and I can’t wait to be your husband.”
How romantic is that!
We wish the handsome couple a very happy married life, in advance! Congratulations, you guys!
Story Update on October 24th, 2014
Just when we thought the grand wedding celebrations of the handsome and famous couple George Clooney and Amal Clooney drew to an end, Amal’s parents sent out invites to a post-wedding party in the UK. If you recall, the couple exchanged vows in Venice last month amid media frenzy and speculations about the guest list, the bride’s gown, the entertainment during the reception, and how the couple behaved during the ceremony.
Apparently, E! News has obtained an invite sent out by Amal’s parents, Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin, for a soiree at the Danesfield House Hotel and Spa in Marlow-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire, in southeast England, on October 25th, 2014. The guests were requested to RSVP by October 10th. The Danesfield House receive a Michelin Star in 2012, and is set in 65 acres of private land, just six miles away from the Grade II listed building George and lawyer wife Amal have allegedly bought as their new home.
The Danesfield House which boasts lush gardens and outstanding views over the River Thames, is an expansive 17th-century estate turned hotel. The invitation reads: “Ramzi & Baria Alamuddin invite you to celebrate the marriage of Amal Alamuddin & George Clooney. Please join us for dinner on Saturday, the Twenty Fift of October at 8pm in the evening. Danesfield House Hotel in Marlow-on-Thames. Please RSVP by October Tenth.”
Soon after the wedding ceremony, the couple went about their respective work, with George in New York Comic-Con to promote his latest project, ‘Tomorrowland,’ and Amal in Athens to lend her legal expertise to the Greek government in its long-running bid to reclaim the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, from Britain. This party will see the Clooneys under the same roof post their nuptials a month ago. Surely, a joyous occasion for the newlyweds!