Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis is an Italian actress and showgirl, best known stateside for her dating history with George Clooney.

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Elisabetta Canalis described herself on Twitter as a “fighter, traveller, dreamer. I love life and everything that is stir fried.”


She attended the University of Milan, where she studied foreign languages and literature. She never graduated, however, because she began working when she was 21.


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From 1999 to 2002, Elisabetta Canalis was a showgirl on the TV show “Striscia la Notizia.” She also appeared in the American films “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” and “Virgin Territory.” In Italy, she appeared in the sitcom “Love Bugs.” Her other roles include parts in “Leverage,” and appearances on “Total Request Live” and “Dancing With the Stars.”


From 2006 to 2009, she was a runway model for the brand “Hollywood Milano.” In 2011, she posed for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign. She said, “I decided to go nude because I think that nudity always creates a big reaction. That is what is required to keep people’s attention on such a brutal practice.”


Elisabetta Canalis revealed that she was “worse than a private investigator” when it came to feeling like a jealous girlfriend. “If I see that my boyfriend receives messages I turn the other way, because if I rummage through the eyes of suspicion, I always find something. And then, when I’m jealous, I become aggressive, a fury. I get angry a lot. And then I pack up and leave (translated).”


She dated George Clooney for about 18 months, finally calling it quits in June 2011. She said in 2011, “At the end of the day I have always seen the end of my relationships as a personal failure. There is nothing ever pretty in saying goodbye…I’m a bit of a tomboy, but when it comes to love I am a doormat…I have always seen cold and controlled men as the right ones for me. You have to accept that Prince Charming who is coming to save you is not going to happen – it works against you.” She is currently engaged to Italian actor Marcello Macchia.


Elisabetta Canalis splits her time between Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California.

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