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Why I Knew George Clooney Would Get Engaged?

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george clooney and amal alamuddin engagedNews broke this weekend that the most ungettable of men, the king of bachelors, a man who makes women swoon and men want to drink whiskey with him, George Clooney is engaged. And while media outlets start to scrutinize every step of the woman who got Clooney to put a ring on it, I called this years and years ago. And it’s not that this woman is “perfect” for him, it’s because he’s ready.

In case you hadn’t heard, George Clooney is engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a highly respected human rights lawyer. She has represented Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuila Tymonshenko, and is the advisor to Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League of Syria. In other words, Amal sounds like a legal badass. In the past, Clooney married another actor early in his career (Talia Balsam who today is married to John Slattery aka Roger Sterling from Mad Men.) But for the past 20 years we’ve seen George Clooney – the fabulous debonair, the Cary Grant of our times, dating a slew of models, waitresses, TV personalities and even a former professional wrestler. I bet all of those women were beautiful, fun, engaging women. I’m just not surprised George is marrying Amal, and it has less to do with her intelligence and impressive career and more to do with timing.

No one ever wants to hear this, but sometimes timing plays a more important role in who you end up with than love. I’m all for love, I’m just saying it will always lose out if a person isn’t ready for it. I bet all of us have looked back on a past relationship and just thought we were too young. Or maybe you met when one of you was ready for a committed relationship and the other wasn’t. Amal could have been like all the other women, but for one thing, George is 52, and I bet dating 27-year olds is getting a little tiring. But I saw this coming for one big reason: George Clooney has pretty much lived his life from the Warren Beatty playbook. No shade to George or Warren. But think about it…

Bonnie and Clyde - Warren Beatty 03Warren Beatty was the Brad Pitt of his times, he started making hit films and had throngs of adoring female fans. He then started directing with the huge hit Bonnie and Clyde and went on to dominate the 70’s with hit films and critical successes. He even won an Academy Award for Best Director for the political biography Reds. He went on to become more involved in politics and social issues all the while dating and sleeping with some of the most beautiful and popular women in Hollywood (Joan Collins, Natalie Wood, Cher, Julie Christie, Madonna, Bridgette Bardot, Joni Mitchell, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Carly Simon – and that’s the short list). He actually makes George Clooney look positively celibate. After directing, acting and producing in tons of films all the while playing the role of Hollywood’s greatest bachelor ever, Warren Beatty got married. At 55, he married Annette Benning – his beautiful, talented and smart co-star in Bugsy. They’ve been married for over 20 years and have four children. Does this career trajectory sound familiar?

Were there probably a ton of women in the 70s and 80s hoping that Warren would settle down with them? I imagine. And much like Beatty, Clooney hit his 50’s and got engaged. Apparently 20+ years of the greatest bachelor lifestyle wears down the best of men. Do I think George and Amal sound like a good match. Yes. Much like Annette Benning, both women were already well-established and respected in their own careers before meeting Hollywood’s greatest bachelors.

Good luck to George and Amal. I like to hear that people are happy and falling in love, I just knew the bachelor lifestyle gets old. And when these men hit 50-60, they really want a nice dinner with great conversation with a woman who is their equal.

 

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One Response to “Why I Knew George Clooney Would Get Engaged?”

  1. April 30, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Preach sister!

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