The past years have seen a parade of models, cocktail waitresses and even a noted female wrestler.
All of them have looked immensely decorative on George Clooney’s arm, and perhaps it would be churlish to observe that higher-level education did not figure prominently on any of their lively CVs.
However, Gorgeous George, who at 52 is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, has now apparently fallen head over heels in love with someone quite different: Amal Alamuddin.
She is a barrister of Lebanese origin, but a naturalised Brit.
She won a scholarship to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she achieved a 2:1 in Law, and then went on to the New York University School of Law.
The family home is a very comfortable £860,000 detached modern property in Gerrard’s Cross, Bucks, where, it has to be admitted, the neighbours are agog at the starry association.
‘Good for her!’ one exclaimed last week.
And what of the romance? Amal and George were first spotted in each other’s company at a dinner in October last year, having been brought together by a mutual interest in human rights issues.
Amal is an adviser to former UN Secretary general Kofi Annan, who is now the special envoy to Syria, and Clooney is greatly interested by the troubles in the region.
At first, any association was denied. Clooney’s spokesman Stan Rosenfield said that the pair were ‘just friends’.
Rosenfield said: ‘He wants Amal to be able to prosecute cases without being hassled because she had one dinner with George and four others.
'I even asked George if these rumours were true and he said he never comments on his private life, but in the interest of stopping the harassment, he felt he should.’
Then, in December, something rather curious happened. Clooney had a rant to the effect that Twitter was ‘just stupid’ and that anyone who was famous and had a Twitter account was ‘a moron’.
Within 24 hours, Amal’s modest band of followers were surprised to note that she had closed down her Twitter account.
In February, she accompanied Clooney to a White House screening of his latest film, Monuments Men, where onlookers described them as being ‘very much together’.
And over the past few weeks the actor and Amal have seemingly moved their flirtation to the next level. Earlier this month they took a safari in Tanzania and looked lovey-dovey in photographs.
The pictures show them gazing affectionately at each other and embracing. Clooney seems totally relaxed as he looks directly at the camera.
Then they went on holiday to the Seychelles where, again, no trouble was taken to hide the romance.
From there, they returned to New York, and stayed at the Carlyle Hotel, where George was based while promoting his latest film. Amal looked radiantly happy when pictured stepping out for dinner with her beau.
Now they are said to be in Dubai together, with George getting to know Amal’s family during a break on a yacht.
Hollywood gossips claim this is ‘already a serious romance’ with one telling me: ‘George is head over heels about Amal in a way that he’s never been about any of the others. He really is crazy about her.’
Inevitably, it is being asked whether this association just might end his aversion to marriage — he’s been resolutely single since a divorce from actress Talia Balsam in 1993.