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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:02

Hi girls...I am wondering as I look at pictures of George his skin looks olive...I thought he is of Irish descent? Which generally has pale skin...or has he spent a lot of time tanning or does he in fact tan?

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Post by it's me on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:22

not olive IMO
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Post by Vi on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:24

no - not olive
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:30

It is olive, and if you look at his dad's, it's the same - not that many lines either for a man who's now eighty. I'm sure it's gets topped up by the Caifornian sun, but I think it's just like that - mostly.

I have the same (but being a woman, more wrinkles ineviitably!) but my children are very envious 'cos they've not inherited that trait,,,,,,,,,,

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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:32

Thanks Party Animal interesting!

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Post by Katiedot on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:49

Yes, he has olive skin. While not common, it's also not hugely uncommon either.
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Post by Joanna on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:49

He's said in interviews that he has naturally darkish skin so never needs make up for his films.
So.....from the master's mouth !
Obviously he tans easily too. Yummy x
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:52

Thanks girls...lucky him.

I am irish/scottish descent and I am pale..so its surprising!

But he is only half...I cant recall the other...must be American?

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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:56

I'm pale too. If I stay naked next to naked George it would be a black and white picture  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz
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Post by Katiedot on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 11:57

Erm, he's completely American!  The Irish side comes from his great grandparent (maybe?  I can't remember).  His branch of the Clooneys have been in the US for a very long time.

On his mother's side there's German ancestry and who knows what else lurks in those enviable genes if you go back far enough?

One thing's for sure, I wouldn't buy into that stereotype that all Irish people are pale and freckly. Sure, there are plenty who are (that's how the stereotype came about in the first place), but also plenty who aren't.
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:03

I wish there was a like button!! Thanks!

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Post by Katiedot on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:12

There is! It's the green thumbs up symbol to the right of every post. I think you have to have made 15 posts first before you can use it, though . . .
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Post by Joanna on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:15

Nicky80 wrote:I'm pale too. If I stay naked next to naked George it would be a black and white picture  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz


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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:17

Pics??? eehmmm wait until he comes back to Berlin again. I will try my luck  Razz  Razz  Razz  Razz
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Post by Nicky80 on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:18

Katiedot wrote:There is!  It's the green thumbs up symbol to the right of every post.  I think you have to have made 15 posts first before you can use it, though . . .

And you can not see the green thumps if you use the old internet explorer. Happened to me too. But now with google chrome I can see it  Very Happy
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:42

Thank you everyone I am really enjoying this site and getting to know The Man!..lol..

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Post by melbert on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:56

I remember in an interview once that he said because of his darker complexion he auditioned for a "Mexican" role, but didn't get cast as he couldn't speak Spanish.
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Post by theminis on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:56

Well looking around this site NewFan will keep you very busy for a long time, theres lots of good info, not to mention plenty of fabulous photos.
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Post by theminis on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 12:59

Speaking of olive skin (on topic HA) maybe George auditioned for the Antonio Banderas role alongside Salma Hayek in that Mexican movie, name escapes me - but it was hot, hot, hot
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Post by melbert on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 13:18

Maybe it was Desperado from 1995. I know that it was early in his career.
They were also together in Once Upon A Time In Mexico, but that was 2003, so I don't think so.
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 13:22

See every post you learn something new...thanks for sharing!

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Post by What Would He Say on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 14:14

Hi NFF and welcome ....Your mystery is solved.

George and his Father have the same skin and hair as my Father, in Ireland we call it the "Spanish Blood".

In September 1588, the Spanish Armada, a strong fleet of 300 enormous ships set sail to invade England England was aware and battled them into running away ...badly damaged, defeated and with torn sails.  They sailed around the north coast of Scotand and some ships ran aground, you also see the dark features and black hair in scotland.  Most of the ships sailed off into the Atlantic only to come crashing onto the western coast of Ireland, all along the coast locations of ships and where they landed, and survived can be found.  Between 17 and 24 ships of the 300  Grand Armada were lost on the Irish coast, accounting for about one-third of the fleet's total loss of 63, with the loss of about 5,000 men.

Many more survived and went on to live in Ireland....Hence the Spanish Blood...Olive skin that tans with ease, dark hair that turns snow white in youth ... it's not at all unusual.

Many years ago I lived near an inlet where some Armada Ships hid from Drake, the Admiral of the English fleet who pursued them. In late summer, at dusk you could almost see the large majestic, but injured ships swaying silently on the still water... Strangly, my Dad loved to sit silently there...
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 14:26

WWHS..what a wonderful story..thanks so much for sharing! Now that would make a great movie! Hint!..lol..

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Post by Joanna on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 14:35

Wwhs...."Many years ago I lived near an inlet where some Armada Ships hid from Drake, the Admiral of the English fleet who pursued them. In late summer, at dusk you could almost see the large majestic, but injured ships swaying silently on the still water... Strangly, my Dad loved to sit silently there..."


Maybe the Irish second sight....
Or too much Irish Moonshine ?
A Lovely painted picture anyway.  flower 
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Post by NewFanForever on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 14:36

Beautiful...I can just imagine!

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Post by Lighterside on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 15:36

WWHS...great story and very educational too! Learn something new all the time here...you ladies are a very interesting bunch.  Very Happy 
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Post by LornaDoone on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 16:20

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armada_in_Ireland

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Post by silly girl on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 16:36

Love that story WWHS----my Mom always said that there were lots of dark haired Irish people....in her day they called them "black irish".....

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Post by theminis on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 20:12

Desperado Mel - that's the one.

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Post by What Would He Say on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 01:57

@Jo ..need you ask, too much moonshine  Cool 

@Silly Girl ... yes that is also said, your Mum was right...and on that note, something just came to mind...but on a totally different subject did you know, that not all slaves were black...
The Irish slave trade began in 1625 when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World.By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.

Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white Irish.

From 1641 to 1652,  300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade.... interesting I always think.

12 years a slave to be sure, to be sure.  Just can't watch that movie, I'd like to, but I can't... Sad
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Post by LizzyNY on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 03:16

WWHS - Your first post was lovely and interesting, but the second was a revelation. I had never heard about Irish slaves in the "New World". Fascinating! Thank you.
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Post by ****** on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 03:17

I also always wanted to know his ancestry, I thought it was Latin, Spanish perhaps because it has brown skin and has dark eyes. We Latin have the idea that the Irish are all blond with blue eyes, so I was surprised when you said that the Irish are also brown Shocked 

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Post by LornaDoone on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 05:38

Deborah Reis wrote:I also always wanted to know his ancestry, I thought it was Latin, Spanish perhaps because it has brown skin and has dark eyes. We Latin have the idea that the Irish are all blond with blue eyes, so I was surprised when you said that the Irish are also brown Shocked 

Although the term "black Irish" is incorrect when you Google it these are examples that come up:

Colin Ferrell
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They seem to have the same characteristics of beautiful thick, dark hair, pale and/or olive skin, and beautiful light eyes.  Frankly, I find the combination very striking!
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Post by Mazy on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 06:01

Very interesting discussion ladies, as long as we keep learning we know we are still alive mentally. xx
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Post by NewFanForever on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 06:27

Thanks LornaDoone for kindly posting pics.

They are all so handsome...gosh..I think Catherine Zeta Jones is as well...have to check!

This thread has been really interesting thanks everyone for sharing!

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Post by Joanna on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 11:14

Except Lorna, George's eyes are dark....just think about them.....No maybe not.
Too early in the morning ! Lol

Catherine ZJ is Welsh.
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Post by ****** on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 14:36

Joanna wrote:Except Lorna, George's eyes are dark....just think about them.....No maybe not.
Too early in the morning ! Lol

Catherine ZJ is Welsh.


yes, George's eyes are dark, brown, beautiful...

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Post by ****** on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 14:40

Lorna: Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh were also so clear-eyed brunettes

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Post by Katiedot on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 21:48

Dark hair and light eyes, with pale skin is seen as Celtic.
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Post by LornaDoone on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 04:10

Deborah Reis wrote:Lorna: Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh were also so clear-eyed brunettes

I don't remember Vivien Leigh's eyes but Elizabeth's were of course, legendary. Was Elizabeth Irish? I always thought of her as from England.

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Post by LornaDoone on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 04:11

Deborah Reis wrote:
Joanna wrote:Except Lorna, George's eyes are dark....just think about them.....No maybe not.
Too early in the morning ! Lol

Catherine ZJ is Welsh.


yes, George's eyes are dark, brown, beautiful...

Ditto, sigh.....and long, long lashes!
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Post by jd68 on Tue 25 Feb 2014, 06:22

Black Irish: One who is of irish decent but has dark hair and olive skin. Not always meaning they are also italian
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Post by NewFanForever on Wed 26 Feb 2014, 01:40

Oh gosh really!! I am loving this group...thanks for sharing!

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Post by ace on Wed 26 Feb 2014, 16:41

This was a really cool tread. I am your typcial pale Irish women and I cannot tan for my life. I just burn and go back to white. But its true you do have a lot of Irish people (my mother included) who tan very easily when we do get sun here. Did not know about the whole Irish slave trade history. Wish I was taught that in school so thanks for all the info. And yes I am very jealous of George who can look young, gorgeous and tanned and it's all natural! That's some great DNA.

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Post by amuserato on Wed 26 Feb 2014, 21:54

Pale girl here too -- but one of my very irish looking girls tans like a dream. The rest of us are on the redhead side and crisp up like boiled lobsters.

I have always thought Sean Connery and Clooney have very similar coloring-- and lovely laughing brown eyes. Sir Sean is Scottish, not Irish, but Celtic nonetheless (and still mighty nice to look upon!)
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Post by cupcake on Wed 26 Feb 2014, 22:39

yer sir sean is handsome , but george is gorgeous  Very Happy 
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