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George Clooney is engaged to high-profile human rights lawyer


Perennial bachelor George Clooney, 52, is headed to the altar with a high-profile human rights lawyer.

Although the Hollywood leading man and his 36-year-old fiance Amal Alamuddin have not commented on widespread reports of their engagement, the London law firm for which Alamuddin works has made an announcement, reports Reuters.

“The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married,” the firm said.

Clooney, who was divorced from his first wife more than 20 years ago, is known for his human rights work as well as his starring roles in numerous movies, for which he has won multiple Oscars. He and Alamuddin attended a White House screening of his movie The Monuments Men in February, notes CNN.

Alamuddin, who specializes in international law, has represented well-known clients including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; a former secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan; and onetime Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, reports Reuters.

Born in Beirut, she grew up in the United Kingdom and speaks English, French and Arabic. After earning initial degrees at Oxford University, Alamuddin got a master’s degree in law at New York University. She worked for then-federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the jurist’s elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court; did a three-year stint at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell; and clerked at the International Court of Justice before heading back to Great Britain for her current job, according to Newsday (sub. req.) and a lengthy Forbes blog post that details her star credentials as a legal practitioner.

The Guardian and People also have stories.

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