George Clooney marries Amal Alamuddin in Venice

2014-09-28 12:24

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The world's most famous bachelor, George Clooney, broke a vow to remain single and married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin during a weekend of lavish celebrations in Venice.

The Italian city of gondolas and palazzi looked like Hollywood on the Adriatic as A-list guests cruised between luxury hotels for the extravaganza, billed as the party of the year even as details were kept largely secret.

Clooney's representative, Stan Rosenfield, broke a long silence about the actor's personal life yesterday, issuing a statement confirming the marriage.

“Confimed. They were married Saturday evening in Venice,” he told Reuters in an email.

The pair had been expected to wed officially tomorrow in a civil ceremony at Venice's 14th-century town hall. It was not clear if that would still take place.

Venice's Grand Canal turned into an aquatic red carpet as the tuxedo-clad actor and his guests crossed the lagoon from the Cipriani hotel for dinner at the seven-star Aman Canal Grande Venice, housed in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli.

Actors Matt Damon and Bill Murray mingled with model Cindy Crawford, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and singer Bono at a reception on the terrace of the plush Cipriani before embarking.

U.S. model Cindy Crawford (left) waves next to her husband Rande Gerber (3rd left) while travelling in a taxi boat in the Grand Canal in Venice, ahead of a gala dinner on Saturday (September 27 2014). Picture: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Passing “vaporetti” public boats tilted sideways as passengers crowded to see two-time Oscar winner Clooney, who waved to onlookers and rubbed his hands together on arrival at the Aman, as if to show he was looking forward to a good meal.

Drinks were laid on in a rear garden before dinner in the main dining room of the Aman, where local media had reported the pair was to say vows informally.

Kentucky-born Clooney, who shot to stardom in the television series “ER”, had vowed never to remarry after his 1993 divorce from actress Talia Balsam and is said to have made a $100 000 bet with Michelle Pfeiffer that he would stay single.

George Clooney (top 2nd left) gestures as he leaves by taxi boat to travel to the venue of a gala dinner ahead of his official wedding ceremony in Venice on Saturday (September 27 2014). Picture: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Lebanese-born Alamuddin, who had no previous connection to Hollywood, has represented Ukrainian former Prime Minister

Yulia Tymoshenko at the European Court of Human Rights, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings.

“She will keep him on his toes because she is bright," said Judith Graham (59) of Surrey, England. "He's had all these actresses fawning over him before. I hope he'll be happy.”

Alamuddin, who is based in Britain, also advised former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the conflict in Syria, an issue about which Clooney has spoken publicly.

Clooney has also led campaigns to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur, Sudan, and is expected to donate the fees earned from selling rights to the wedding photos to that cause.

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