Amal Clooney: Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of the Year

PHOTO: Amal Alamuddin Clooney attends a press conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on Oct. 15, 2014 in Athens, Greece.PlayMilos Bicanski/Getty Images
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Amal Clooney, George Clooney’s beautiful new wife, was chosen as the most fascinating person of 2014. Formerly Amal Alamuddin, most people know very little about her.

Amal managed to do the seemingly undoable, locking down a man thought to be one of the world’s most determined bachelors. In fact, Clooney, who had been briefly married in the early 1990’s, told Walters himself in 1995 that "I’m never going to get married again.”

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That interview became so well known that Clooney told Walters in a 2006 interview that he no longer had to tell women he was dating that he wasn't interested in marriage since they'd seen the first interview with Walters.

“You did my work for me,” he told her.

However, meeting Amal changed George’s mind about bachelorhood.

They met at a charity event in Italy in 2013.

Born in Lebanon, Amal moved to a London suburb with her family as a child. She went to Oxford, got a law degree at NYU, and while in New York, clerked for then-federal judge Sonia Sotomayor. When she returned to London, Amal became a well-known human rights attorney with clients such as Julian Assange, Yulia Tymoshenko, and Kofi Annan.

Walters called the wedding perfect -- from Amal’s bespoke hat to the spectacular wedding dress designed by the late Oscar De La Renta.

With her marriage to Clooney, Walters says, Amal joins the ranks of Jackie Onassis, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton -- everything she does, says or wears is officially... fascinating.