A Timeline Of George Clooney’s Past Relationships

Above: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Above: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney has been one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors for as long as we can remember. He’s known for the arm candy beauties he never appears without, just as much as the films that made him famous. Clooney publicly stated he’ll never get married again, but he’s about to break that promise. So before the big day, let’s take a look at all the women who got him there.

Kelly Preston (1987 – 1989)
Before they were famous, Clooney and Preston were just to struggling actors trying to make it in Hollywood. They moved in together where Preston brought home a pet pig, Max. Preston dumped Clooney for Charlie Sheen who accidentally shot her in the arm (she should have known). Long after she left, the 280-pound pig kept Clooney’s bed warm until he died in 2006. Now, Preston’s married to John Travolta and is one half of the famous Scientologist duo—yep, that science fiction religion started by L. Ron Hubbard. Frankly, we’re glad Clooney got out.

Talia Balsam (1989 – 1993)
His only marriage (so far), Clooney and Balsam hopped in a Winnebago and drove to Vegas to get hitched. But it didn’t last long. Clooney tells Vanity Fair, “I probably wasn’t someone who should have been married at that point. I just don’t feel like I gave Talia a fair shot.” Poor Talia, but she made out just fine. Now, she’s the ex-Mrs. Roger Sterling on Mad Men and Mrs. John Slattery in real life.

Kimberley Russell (1993 – 1995)
George dated Kimberly Russell immediately after his divorce and the rebound lasted two years. When she brought up marriage he bolted, thus beginning his life-long issues with commitment. Mostly though, she was just arm candy.

Celine Balitran (1996 – 1999)
George Clooney met this law student in Paris at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress. She followed him to L.A and gushed non-stop about their relationship, “We wake up in each other’s arms, and we can’t wait for evening to be together again.” Clooney summed up their relationship saying, “She lasted as long as I think she was going to last.” It was back to Paris and relative obscurity for her.

Lisa Snowden (2000 – 2005)
Yes, George once did commercials. He met Lisa Snowden, British model and TV personality on the set of a Martini commercial. They dated on and off for five years before calling it quits for good. She’s had her own career since but is still mostly known for the high-profile relationships. “I sometimes think it will be written on my tombstone,” she says, “George Clooney once dated Lisa Snowden.”

Krista Allen (2002 – 2006)
Another on again, off again relationship, George Clooney dated Krista Allen after meeting on the set of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. She’s been named one of the 50 hottest actresses of all time, but to Clooney she was “just his friend with benefits.” Don’t worry; she’s not dead despite the Internet hoax earlier this year.

Sarah Larson (June 2007 – May 2008)
Another waitress, George? Clooney met Sarah Larson in Vegas and for less than a year they were inseparable. He took her on lavish vacation all around the world and she became the first woman he took to the Oscars. But, Larson didn’t like the spotlight. So where is she now? She works at a spa, teaches yoga on the side and doesn’t plan to ever talk to Clooney again.

Elisabetta Canalis (2009 – 2011)
You might remember the Italian beauty Elisabetta Canalis from nude calendars, Dancing With the Stars and dating George Clooney. Friends of the couples said George was “very fatherly” and that they had a “complicated relationship”. Looks like someone’s got daddy-issues. She had a tantrum when George dumped her and stormed out of his villa. Maybe he was too mature for her—her last boyfriend was Steve-O.

Stacey Keibler (2011 – 2013)
We don’t want to mess with former wrestler and model Stacy Keibler. She left Clooney when she realized he wouldn’t commit or have children, and eight months later she was married and pregnant. Keibler definitely knew what she wanted. She’s also cited by friends as the reason Clooney is now ready for marriage and over his commitment issues. Looks like Amal Alamuddin has someone to thank.

Amal Alamuddin (2013 – present)
George Clooney is now engaged to Amal Alamuddin, a London human rights barrister who speaks French, Arabic and English. No wonder Clooney’s ready to commit. Alamuddin is attractive and stands for justice, she represented Julian Assange in his 2011 fight against Swedish extradition and in 2012, was voted London’s hottest female barrister. With a 750,000 dollar ring on her finger, she’s about to represent Gaddafi’s right hand man Abdullah al-Senussi as he fights for a fair trail in the International Criminal Court.

Clooney has definitely found a winner with Alamuddin. But only time will tell if he’ll actually make it down the aisle. Hopefully he’s over all the intimacy issues we saw in his past relationships and makes it to the wedding. Or he’ll risk being sued by Alamuddin and she’s not the kind of woman you want to piss off.

Alicia Kolenda

Alicia Kolenda is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared on 29 Secrets, AmongMen, Nexopia, Baby Post, Savvy Mom and Recipe Geek. She can often be found drinking high tea and ghost hunting—though never at the same time, it wouldn’t be dignified. Find her at aliciakolenda.com or catch her on twitter @AliciaKolenda.

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