George Clooney’s future mother-in-law may look like a plain Jane sporting a head full of curlers on the streets of London, but don’t let these recent photos fool you!

Baria Alamuddin, whose gorgeous daughter Amal finally tamed avowed bachelor Clooney, is a bona fide beauty with a brain.

In fact, she’s a Middle Eastern version of Barbara Walters! The 66-year-old is an accomplished journalist who’s interviewed heads of state from Margaret Thatcher and Bill Clinton to Indira Ghandi. And she’s earned many male admirers, thanks to her stunning looks.

Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – George’s knockout bride-to-be is an Oxford- and NYU law School- educated attorney and activist.