Persistence paid off for Clooney

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Copy of Copy of Britain George Clooney Engagement~1 AP A February 7, 2011 photo from files showing Beirut-born Amal Alamuddin, the Oxford-educated barrister who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and has been described as a "passionate defender of human rights".

London - George Clooney's new fiancée snubbed him three times before agreeing to go out on a date.

The 'Monuments Men' star - whose engagement to Amal Alamuddin was announced this week - met the human rights lawyer at a "small charity fundraiser" last September and despite being instantly attracted to her, she was unimpressed by his Hollywood stature and failed to be won over by his charm.

A source told "George immediately honed in on Amal and was formally introduced to her. He had no idea she was such an accomplished lawyer!

"She was engaging in the conversation after the introduction was made, and then did the unthinkable. Amal walked away from the group George was with! He was instantly more intrigued by her. George then inserted himself into another group Amal was talking with. She just wasn't impressed by the Hollywood actor persona.

"George asked for her phone number at the end of the night, and she refused to give it to him! Again, another first."

The hunky actor managed to obtain her number and called her the following morning to ask her out, but had to work hard to get her to agree to meet.

The source added: "She turned him down! He was absolutely shocked. No one turns George down for a date. Amal had no interest in dating an actor, but George was eventually able to convince her to go out with him to discuss his humanitarian work."

However, once they finally went out, the 36-year-old beauty was very impressed with George, 52, and his charitable and humanitarian endeavours.

The source said: "After their first date, Amal was extremely impressed with George's work in Darfur, and realised that he was much more than an actor." - Bang Showbiz

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