I read an article on famous people living with physical challenges, George Clooney being one of them.  images

Since hurting himself in 2004 while doing a stunt on the film Syriana (won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), he’s in chronic back pain, and I’m not talking a little muscle ache either.

He’s in such constant discomfort that he had to pull out of filming Guy Ritchie’s, The Man From Uncle, because he couldn’t do all the running secret agent, Napoleon Solo, does in the film, consequently replaced by British actor, Henry Cavill.

At one point, lying in a hospital bed after excruciating spinal procedures the pain being so great, he actually thought about killing himself unsure he’d ever get well. Wow…did that turn my head.

The classiest, handsomest man in the world had suicidal thoughts…

like me?


The headaches he had that were so intense lessened, but he still gets them, and probably will for the rest of his life.

We think of him as the Cary Grant of our generation: handsome, suave…a perpetual pretty woman in his arms… images-2 dashing, daring, and generous to a fault. He even lives in Italy, the most romantic country on the planet.

Despite all this, now we learn as we often do, things aren’t quite what they seem.

Noblesse oblige, French for nobility obliged, applies here…the assumed responsibility of privileged people to act with generosity and nobility toward those less privileged.

In other words, whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly.

Clooney, without pause, repeatedly steps up to the plate.

He’s been known to give vast amounts of money to various causes as well as lending his name politically. Once when interviewed he was asked, why did he just give thousands of dollars to a particular charity and he said, “Because I can.”

It’s no wonder we love him.

You’d think someone with his kind of karma would be exempt from misfortune. That is how we think, isn’t it? He’s the golden boy after all, so nothing hapless could ever happen to the eternal bachelor…writing, directing, starring in some of the best films of our time. I’ll make skid marks to see a Clooney flick because even if it’s not Gone With The Wind, it will still be great just because he’s in it.

What’s my point?

That it turns out he’s as vulnerable and human as the rest of us.

I remember years ago dropping my wallet in a crowded hotel bar when he, going by, stopped to pick it up. It was way before Syiana, so I ask myself, if it happened now could he still been that chivalrous?

We need to remember life doesn’t discriminate when it decides to throw a curve. Even someone we’ve placed high on a pedestal isn’t free from hard knocks.

I don’t know about you, but learning of his painful plight, handled with grace and obvious humility, makes me like George even more.   images-1

If that was even possible.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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14 Responses to Clooneyism

  1. micklively says:

    Interesting post Susannah. My logical brain screams “why would you expect a good looking, talented, successful man to be less honest, charitable, or humble, than a talentless, ugly, drop-out?” Meanwhile, my long-suffering worldly brain tells me you are vindicated a million times over.


    • I just know from being around the peripheral of that business, greed quite often takes the lead with entitlement as its partner. Your vindication is always appreciated Mick, since I’ve been known to put my high heel in my mouth here and there 🙂

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Nice post, Susannah, and so true. He just seems so kind. I always thought he was sexy, but the movie that made me fall in love with him as a person was “Oh Brother Where Ar’t Thou?” He was so likeable and funny.


    • I loved that film too…and the song they all sang. He really is our Cary Grant. I was trying to be clever with the comparison, but he truly has that range so few actors have. He can play it all…that George.


  3. manty67 says:

    Wow, I didn’t know any of that about George, but your right, money, good looks or kindness of heart doesn’t protect you from any form of evil :(. My husband had a work related accident back in 1998 and still suffers with major back problems, so can totally understand the pain he must be going through. Thank you for sharing 🙂 hope your keeping well yourself.


    • I’m sorry your husband had that happen. Kindness of heart is a wonderful way to express a trait we should all possess. Whenever I hear a story of someone being kind and generous it fills me with such awe. Sharing is something to aspire to. Nice hearing from you.


  4. He does seem like a pretty stellar guy. It makes you realize that everyone has problems in their lives, even if they look like they’re living a fairytale existence. No one is immune from suffering. (Still, I does hope he gets better; back pain is one of the worst).


    • I find comfort in that actually David. It’s nice to know that you aren’t the only one challenged even though you wish it could be a pain free world across the board beginning with yourself…the Pollyanna in me reigns.


  5. katecrimmins says:

    The best part about him is that he is kind to animals. To me that always elevates a person.


    • I recall years ago he had a ferret when no one had one. When he broke up with his then girlfriend I think he may have gained custody. Something like that. I guess he’s just a sweetie in all things. How nice.


  6. Arthur Seder says:

    Two thoughts: there are nice people and not nice people in all sizes, shapes, and walks of life. If you’re truly one of the former, money and privilege won’t change you into the latter. And: sometimes I wish I’d get knocked out and wake up being, say, Eric Clapton. But then I realize that he’s had to endure what to me is unimaginable loss, so I might more productively be grateful for just who I am.


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