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Clooney finally puts a ring on it

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George Clooney's bachelorhood used to be one of the few things you could count on in Hollywood. Not so much anymore.

People and US Weekly are reporting the Oscar winner, 52, is engaged to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, whom he began dating last fall. They've been spotted together in London, New York, Tanzania and the Seychelles.

Onlookers noticed a giant rock on Alamuddin's left ring finger when the two met Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber for dinner Thursday in Malibu, Calif.

Alamuddin -- who was born in Beirut, studied at Oxford and NYU and is fluent in three languages -- is Clooney's first non-Hollywood partner in recent memory. However, her background in international law and human rights means she still has plenty in common with Clooney, who has long been an advocate for refugees in Darfur.

Clooney's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, is staying mum, issuing a one-line response: "I don't comment on my client's personal life."

But the London law firm Doughty Street Chambers said Monday that its barristers and staff "offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin ... and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married."

Alamuddin is a member of the firm's international law team. She has advised former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Syria, and represented ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Clooney has been married once before, to actress Talia Balsam, from 1989 to 1993, which was just before he was cast in NBC's hit drama ER and reached A-list status.

After that, Clooney seemed to convert to serial monogamy, dating a string of women every couple of years, most recently Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis and former WWE personality Stacy Keibler.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 28, 2014 D2

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Updated on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM CDT: Adds congrats from law firm.

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