Friday 27 April 2018

By George, she's got it! Is Clooney out of his league?

Even A-lister Clooney could be punching above his weight with new wife Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.
Power couple: Mr and Mrs Clooney after their civil marriage in Venice yesterday.
Rod Stewart.
Chris Martin and former wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
Geoffrey Arend and Christina Hendricks.
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

'Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor'. That was read the headline on The Business Woman Media website yesterday.

As details of the celebrity wedding of the year continued to trickle out, it was undoubtedly a refreshing twist on the news that George Clooney had reneged on his 20-year-long vow never to remarry.

Reporting on the marriage of the new Mr and Mrs Clooney in Venice at the weekend, the website told how the "dual-qualified English barrister and New York litigation attorney who has long been a high-profile figure in international refugee and human rights law has gone against the trend for professional women in her field and married… an actor".

Finally name-checking Clooney six paragraphs later, it jokingly added that the Oscar-winning actor was "probably a nice man, but seems to be a bit clingy, as since she met him it's hard to find a photo or footage of Amal without him hanging around in the background".

Garnering almost a quarter of a million shares on Facebook overnight, the website's take on the Clooney-Alamuddin (or should that be Alamuddin-Clooney?) wedding certainly seemed to click with readers.

Ever since news of the couple's engagement broke in April, the spotlight has been firmly fixed on Hollywood's most famous bachelor, and what - or rather, who - had managed to change his mind about settling down.

By the time Amal officially became a Hollywood wife on Saturday, however, one began to wonder whether even 'Gorgeous George' wasn't punching above his weight, after all.

At this stage, it's no secret that 36-year-old Amal has brains to burn. The Anglo-Lebanese businesswoman has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks fluent Arabic and French, and just days ago was named one of the "100 Most Connected Women in Britain".

As the daughter of a university professor and newspaper editor, money is not an issue, either, with the bride's parents even reportedly footing the bill for the star-studded bash at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande resort.

Meanwhile, her working wardrobe of thigh-grazing frocks, oversized sunnies and designer handbags has transformed Amal into the fashion world's latest style crush, something an Alexander McQueen wedding gown would only solidify.

In comparison to the impressive Amal, Clooney's sure to insist he's just a B-movie star who got lucky.

"If you stuck a mannequin in my part, he'd get all the fan mail," the 53 year-old said of his break-out role as the paediatrician Dr Doug Ross in 1990s television juggernaut ER. "I was very lucky to get well known much later in life."

Not that the erstwhile Sexiest Man Alive was ever going to end up with some mere mortal.

The silver fox was previously married to Mad Men star Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, was romantically linked to Oscar winner Renee Zellwegger in 2003 and split from former wrestler Stacy Keibler just last year.

Even George's mother, Nina, thinks he's outdone himself with this one.

Asked whether Amal bore any resemblance to Clooney's previous girlfriends, Nina responded: "Heavens, no! She's a lawyer, she is brilliant. She is a very bright woman and at the very top of her career."

"Amal's a lovely girl... I like her very much," she gushed.

"We weren't at all surprised when they told us they were engaged, and we couldn't be happier for them.

"On an intellectual level, they are equals, [and] that is very important to him."

Best pal Julia Roberts has also given Amal the seal of approval, saying: "She is beautiful and smart, and he is happy - and that's what matters to me."

Meanwhile, Clooney's cousin and fellow actor, NCIS: Los Angeles star Miguel Ferrer, described his new in-law as "a wonderful woman".

With the new Mrs Clooney by his side, rumours abound that the celebrity Democrat could follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger by running for Governor of California.

One relative has even been quoted as saying: "George will run for office now, as marriage to Amal will open so many doors for him."

Either way, as the loved-up couple showed off their matching wedding bands during their first outing as husband and wife in the City of Masks yesterday, one thing George couldn't mask was his happiness.

But until she finally spills the beans in an interview, it remains to be told what Amal first saw in the world's most eligible bachelor-no-more.

Didn't they do well?

Eighties icon Rod Stewart (69) has been married to not one, not two, but three blonde bombshells. The singer wed US actress Alana Hamilton in 1979, tied the knot with Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter in 1990 and is now loved-up with Brit beauty Penny Lancaster.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin only "consciously uncoupled" from wife of 10 years, Gwyneth Paltrow, earlier this year. But the 37-year-old has already snagged himself another Oscar-winner, Jennifer Lawrence, with the dad-of-two reportedly ready to introduce his new girlfriend to the kids.

Married to Mad Men sexpot Christina Hendricks, it's no wonder actor Geoffrey Arend (36) considers himself the luckiest man in the world, boasting to reporters on the red carpet last year: "She's so kissable!"

Irish Independent

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