Is film star George Clooney engaged?
"Entertainment Tonight" claimed over the weekend that Clooney and British attorney Amal Alamuddin, with whom the actor has been seen since October, were having dinner Thursday with their friend Cindy Crawford at Nobu in Malibu, Calif., when Alamuddin showed Crawford what appeared to be an engagement ring.
Us Weekly additionally claimed that Clooney, 52 -- who has earned Academy Awards as supporting actor ("Syriana") and as producer ("Argo") -- proposed to Alamuddin, 36, within the past two weeks. The couple was seen having dinner at the West Hollywood restaurant Craig's on Wednesday, the magazine said, with a reported onlooker telling Us that the couple appeared to have been toasting to an engagement.
When asked for confirmation, Clooney's representative told "Entertainment Tonight," "I don't comment on my client's personal life."
Clooney, who was married to actress Talia Balsam ("Mad Men") from 1989 to 1993, famously told Barbara Walters in 1995, "I won't get married again because I wasn't very good at it." As late as January, he told the UK newspaper the Daily Express, "I keep saying I'll never get married again or have children but people just don't want to believe me."
Alamuddin, who specializes in international law and human rights, was born in Beirut and studied law at Oxford University's St. Hugh's College. She received her Master of Laws degree from New York University School of Law in 2001. During her time there, she worked as a student law clerk for future Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then on the federal bench. Alamuddin went on to the New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell for three years, and clerked at the International Court of Justice in 2004.
Based in the UK, the widely published Alamuddin has been a legal adviser to such figures as Kofi Annan and the King of Bahrain, and has worked with such organizations as the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute. In 2011, she was part of the team of barristers representing Julian Assange in resisting an extradition request by Sweden.