Amal Alamuddin: Five reasons why that George Clooney actor fella has definitely 'married up'

As it turns out, she didn’t gain recognition for playing a well-educated person who saved lives, because that’s what she did in real life

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George Clooney is a very famous man with a very famous story

Born in 1961, he made his acting debut on television in 1978. However, it wasn’t until he played affable chap Dr. Doug Ross in long-running medical drama E.R between 1994 and 1999 that he gained wider recognition.

And with said acclaim for portraying the role of a well-educated man who saves lives for a living came a bevy of female admirers destined never to be his bride.

After a tumultuous first marriage to actress Talia Balsam in 1989, he vowed never to walk down the aisle again. Why? Because he simply "wasn’t very good at it". And so came a slew of short-lived romantic relationships with waitresses, models, fledgling actresses, John Travolta’s now-wife and wrestlers, played out in the headlines and on the red carpet in a real-life soap opera that spanned three decades.


Until, that is, he met Amal Alamuddin – a relative unknown to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood – to fill an intellectual void his army of beautiful-but-bland former conquests could all but dimly gaze at.

As it turns out, she didn’t gain recognition for playing a well-educated person who saved lives on a daily basis, because that’s what she did in real life. And while Hollywood might never have heard of her, the following five facts confirm, to Clooney included, that’s it’s he who’s "married up" (twice, in fact) in this situation – not the other way around.

1) She’s a famous British human rights lawyer…

Who is regarded as one of the world’s leading counsels on Middle Eastern affairs.

2) She’s represented some of the biggest names on the international stage…

You know, like Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. And the King of Bahrain. To name drop a few.

3) She served as counsel to the United Nations on the use of drones…

And as UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan’s advisor on Syria. Casually.

4) She’s a published author…

Having written numerous articles on international criminal law, Alamuddin has also edited The Law and Practice of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

5) She’s also tri-lingual…

Speaking English, Arabic and fluent French.