Amal Alamuddin Clooney attends a press conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on October 15, 2014 in Athens, Greece.
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By Laura Stampler
December 15, 2014

Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer who married George Clooney earlier this year, was tapped as Barbara Walter’s most fascinating person of the year.

Although the former Ms Alamuddin’s career successes are bountiful—clients have included Julian Assange and Kofi Annan, and she has worked extensively on human rights in the Middle East—Walters said it was her wedding that could be considered her crowning achievement.

“You could say hers was the wedding of the year, but let’s put it into perspective,” Walters said. Getting Clooney to the altar “was really one of the greatest achievements in human history.”

After all, in 1995 the actor did tell Walters that he would never get married again.

With the marriage, Walters ranked the new Mrs. Clooney among Jackie Onassis and Princess Di. When it come Clooney’s fellow “most fascinating” people, she joins the likes of Mother Teresa and J.K. Rowling.

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Write to Laura Stampler at laura.stampler@time.com.

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