British Lebanese Human Rights Lawyer Amal Ramzi Alamuddin, 36, will marry American Hollywood film actor and two-time Academy Award winner (acting and producing) George Timothy Clooney, 52. The two filed formal documents, required under British law 16 days prior to a wedding. The couple indicated on the form that their wedding will take place in Italy.
The couple have come under vicious attack from religious fanatics and extremists who accused Alamuddin of “selling out” to Western culture, but the criticism was muted by the lack of credibility of the critics themselves who libel Christian Arabs, secular Muslims and any Arab who associates with the West.
But the stories in the Arab media have been welcomed by throngs of Arabs in Lebanon and throughout the Arab World who admire Alamuddin for her fight on behalf of civil rights and her high profile legal work.
Alamuddin was born in Beirut, Lebanon on Feb. 3, 1978 of Druze Muslim parents, father Ramzi Alamuddin and mother Baria Almuddin. Her siblings include Samer, Tala and Ziad.
Both Clooney and Alamuddin are human rights activists and reportedly met last year while working on a surveillance satellite program involving the use of killer drones during conflicts in many countries.
Alamuddin studied at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. She graduated from New York University of Law in 2011 and she specializes in International Law. She works with the prestigious internationally recognized Civil Rights law firm of Doughty Street Chambers in London, England.