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Clooney shoulders the blame: “I wasn’t that good at [marriage],”he said in a in February, “because I didn’t want to deal with the issue of how all the time we were spending away from each other was hurting her.” Since then the hardworking actor has spent his rare downtime (he’s next onscreen in the musical comedy this fall) basking in bachelorhood—shooting hoops and riding motorcycles with his rat pack of longtime buddies at his eight-bedroom L. “Casa de Clooney.” All this guy’s-guy stuff, of course, only fuels fantasies of reeling in the 5’11” Kentucky native, who acquired his scorn for showbiz pretension at the knee of his TV broadcaster father, Nick, now 65, and mother Nina, 60.

“Some actors forget where they came from, but George hasn’t,” says costume designer Erica Edell Phillips.

2 DEREK JETER, 26, pro baseball player, New York City and Tampa. He’s a committed do-gooder who with his dad runs the charitable Turn 2 Foundation, which promotes healthy living among adolescents. Cruz recently told PEOPLE she and Damon are “just very good friends” but went on to gush, “He’s a very, very nice, very humble man. And I think he’s a great actor.” It’s easy to excuse the superlatives.

Anyone hoping to get to first base with the 6’3″ New York Yankee should know this: You will first have to face Jeter’s screening committee—African-American dad Charles, 51, a drug-and-alcohol-abuse counselor, Irish-American mom Dorothy, 47, an accountant, and sister Sharlee, 20, a college student. Plus, the man Yankees coach Joe Torre once called “the coolest cat in town” is so discreet he’s even managed to keep his lips zipped about former flame Mariah Carey. Jeter will make an all-star husband, says close pal and fellow PEOPLE bachelor Alex Rodriguez, a Seattle Mariners shortstop: “If I had a daughter, Derek is the kind of guy that I would want [her] to marry.” WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR: A woman who’s “very independent, intelligent and generous.” CAVEAT: He says that he’s not ready for marriage. Damon’s smart (he attended Harvard, leaving two semesters shy of graduation), industrious (he’s completed five flicks in three years), handsome and sweetly devoted to his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, 56, a professor of early-childhood education.

(A few of our choices have been married before.) What we found was a diverse group with jobs that take them from outer space (astronaut Andy Thomas) to the depths of the sea (Coast Guard rescuer Erik Pointer). The star, who earns up to million a movie, has romanced a long string of beauties, famous and non. John Travolta, lived together for a year.) But his sole go at matrimony, with actress Talia Balsam, ended in divorce in 1992 after less than three years.

The globetrotter and art lover says he is so committed to his craft that he often dreams up recipes in his sleep.

(“I write directions down in the middle of the night”) Samuelsson—who has had one live-in relationship (at age 20) and says he remains friends with all his ex-girlfriends—approaches his search for a mate with equal gusto: “I’m looking for a ‘wow’ experience.” SEEKING: A woman who loves “fashion, food, wine, travel, skiing.” CAVEAT: He admits he’s less than handy around the house. Afraid pop stars are too rowdy to be husband material? He claims to have never set foot in a strip club, smoked pot or even puffed a cigarette.

“He’d never let ‘the right one’ down.” GREAT DATE: “Walking on the beach.” CAVEAT: He vetoes “girls obsessed with politics.” 5 MARCUS SAMUELSSON,29, chef, New York City.

When kitchenware company Vita-Mix asked Samuelsson to pose nude in 1999 with one of its blenders strategically placed, he agreed. “I didn’t want to run around naked,” he recalls, and so he chose to don a swimsuit instead.

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