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Clint Eastwood’s Dating History: From Maggie Johnson to Dina Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s love life has made plenty of headlines over the course of his decades-long career.

When Eastwood entered the Hollywood scene in the 1950s, he was newly married to his first wife Maggie Johnson. Their marriage would go on to become his longest relationship to date, although it had its fair share of ups and downs — as well as a few affairs. Since then, Eastwood has had a number of high-profile relationships and flings, several of which have resulted in children.

Eastwood welcomed a total of eight children with various partners, including Johnson, Titantic actress Frances Fisher, whom he dated for nearly six years, and his second wife, Dina Eastwood, among others. His marriage to Dina lasted over 17 years. Their relationship ultimately ended in divorce in 2014, but since then, Eastwood has found love again.

Eastwood began dating his current partner Christina Sandera around 2015.

Here’s a look back at Clint Eastwood’s dating history.

Maggie Johnson

Eastwood first met Maggie Johnson in May 1953 when she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley. At the time, Eastwood had recently been discharged from the military and was planning on attending Los Angeles City College, according to Richard Schickel’s Clint Eastwood: A Biography. Before starting school, Eastwood visited a friend in nearby San Francisco. His friend set Eastwood and Johnson up on a blind date — even though Johnson had a boyfriend at the time. Johnson recalled that she was impressed by Eastwood.

“I came down the stairs of the sorority house, and [Clint] had his back to me. When he turned around, I was amazed at what he looked like. Plus, he was understated and that kind of appealed to me,” Johnson told Schickel.

Eastwood said they “hit it off right away” and went on several more dates. But despite their connection, Eastwood was also seeing other people. Before moving to L.A., he fathered a child with another woman in Seattle. By the time he arrived in L.A. that fall, he was still dating Johnson, who had graduated college and moved in with her family in nearby Alhambra, California. It wasn’t long before the couple began discussing marriage. Eastwood admitted that he was hesitant, but he eventually decided to propose. The couple tied the knot on Dec. 19, 1953 — just a few months before his daughter Laurie Murray was born and placed for adoption, unbeknownst to Eastwood.

Although Eastwood agreed to be married, the couple soon hit bumps in the road. The actor went as far as to call their first year of marriage “terrible” as he often still wanted to “do as [he] pleased.” Then, in the late ’50s, he began an extramarital affair that resulted in his second child, Kimber Lynn, born in 1964.

It’s unclear if Johnson was aware of the affair, although in Clint Eastwood: A Biography, the couple’s friend Fritz Manes said that Johnson had once asked if he thought her husband was “playing around.” Manes admitted to lying about Eastwood’s affairs to reassure her, and Johnson said she preferred not to “dwell on it.” Looking back on their relationship years later, Eastwood told Playboy that he believed Johnson was “a woman who knows how much room I need.”

The couple went on to welcome their own children: Their son Kyle Eastwood arrived in 1968 and their second child, Alison Eastwood, was born in 1972. The family eventually relocated to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where they spent seven years building their dream home. It was there that the couple’s marriage fell apart, amid rumors of Eastwood’s affair with his costar Sondra Locke. Eastwood said he and Johnson often argued about the home’s construction and eventually found themselves drifting apart.

In 1979, several years into Eastwood’s affair with Locke, the couple officially called it quits. When they officially divorced in 1984, Johnson reportedly received a $25 million settlement. Since then, the pair have remained on good terms and stayed friends throughout the years. She was even by his side with their children when Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1986.

In July 2022, their daughter Alison opened up about the former couple’s relationship, revealing that they were still celebrating holidays together and lived just a mile away from each other.

“I’m so thankful that both of them are friends. We all celebrate Thanksgiving together,” Alison told Fox News. “Their lives are intertwined, and it’s been great. And they’ve always gotten along really well. … I give my mom a lot of credit for being somebody who said, ‘We have a family together, regardless of whether we’re married or not. We want the kids to know that we get along, and we’re friends still.’ That was especially important to both of my parents. Family came first.”

Roxanne Tunis

While Eastwood was still married to Johnson, he met stuntwoman Roxanne Tunis on the set of Rawhide, which began in 1959. The pair soon began an affair, which would reportedly go on for 14 years.

Tunis became pregnant, and in 1964, she gave birth to their daughter Kimber Lynn Eastwood. Eastwood has claimed that, at the time, he didn’t know that Tunis was pregnant and he wasn’t told about the baby until a year after her birth. He later said in Clint Eastwood: A Biography that learning the news made him feel like he got the “wind knocked out” of him.

Eastwood made arrangements to take care of Kimber, but he did not see her often, only visiting her every “three or four months.” Tunis continued to see Eastwood, visiting him on sets and in his office, though it’s not known when their affair ended.

Sondra Locke

Eastwood first met actress Sondra Locke in 1972 when she was auditioning for his film Breezy. At the time, Eastwood was still married to Johnson, and Locke was married to her childhood best friend Gordon Anderson. Although she didn’t get the part, she was later cast in Eastwood’s film The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1975 — and the pair began an affair. In her autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey, Locke alleged that Eastwood said “there was no real relationship left” between him and Johnson.

Eastwood and Locke’s relationship continued after filming wrapped, and Locke said she even moved into one of his homes. By the time they filmed The Gauntlet, rumors of a romance were swirling. Despite the headlines, the pair publicly maintained that they were just friends; Locke said that she had the “greatest amount of respect, admiration and fondness” for Eastwood.

“Everybody would love for us to say, ‘It’s all true, we’re madly in love,’ ” Locke told PEOPLE in 1978. “But people will believe whatever they want to believe. Even if it were true — which it isn’t — I certainly wouldn’t talk about it.”

The following year, Eastwood and Johnson separated. Locke alleged in her autobiography that, by then, she had had two abortions and a tubal ligation, as Eastwood told her he didn’t want any more children, per Vanity Fair, though Eastman denied the allegations.

Locke and Eastwood’s relationship continued for the next decade, growing more and more toxic. Throughout it, Locke remained legally married to and in a platonic relationship with Anderson, who was gay.

Over the course of their turbulent relationship, Eastwood had affairs with both Jacelyn Reeves and Frances Fisher. By the end, the former couple were barely seeing each other, and in April 1989, Eastman allegedly moved all of Locke’s belongings into storage and changed the locks on the doors of their home, according to the Washington Post.

Shortly after, Locke filed a palimony lawsuit against Eastwood, alleging that she suffered “humiliation, mental anguish … severe emotional and physical distress and … mental and physical harm” during their relationship. She asked for a $1.3 million share of the wealth amassed during their relationship as well as several of their properties, including one that had been leased to Anderson. The lawsuit sat in limbo for over a year; in the meantime, Locke was being treated for breast cancer. In 1990, it was finally agreed upon that, in exchange for Locke dropping the suit, Eastwood would secure her a $1.5 million development deal at Warner Bros., award her the house where Anderson lived and pay her $450,000 plus monthly support payments.

Five years later, however, Locke sued Eastwood for fraud and breach of financial duty because all of the projects she brought to the studio were rejected, alleging that this was his way of keeping her from working. The pair settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in September 1996, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In November 2018, Locke died of cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancer. She and Anderson remained married and close friends until her death.

Reflecting on the relationship, she told the Washington Post, “My biggest misfortune, my greatest regret, is that I wish I’d cut my time with Clint in half. I wouldn’t say I wish I never had the relationship, but I wish I’d found a way, I’d understood who he was, where it would end, five or six years earlier so I could have gotten on with things.”

Jacelyn Reeves
While Eastwood was still dating Locke, he met flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves. Although not much about their relationship is known, they welcomed two children during their time together. In 1986, Reeves gave birth to their son Scott Eastwood; in 1988, they welcomed daughter Kathryn Eastwood.

Frances Fisher

In late 1988, while Eastwood was dating Locke and having an ongoing affair with Reeves, he met actress Frances Fisher. The pair first crossed paths when she was cast in Pink Cadillac, although they didn’t meet until the film’s pre-production party. Fisher said it was love at first sight when she entered the room on roller skates and saw Eastwood.

“He looked right at me, the way he does every other woman in the world, but it got to me too. I mean, when he turns it on, he can turn it on, and I just went, ‘Oh my God, look at that.’ There was a human being there — I just saw such beauty in his presence. And I felt like a big piece of the puzzle had fallen in place,” Fisher shared in Clint Eastwood: A Biography.

They spent time together throughout filming and back in L.A. when they returned home. Eastwood and Locke’s split made headlines shortly after in late 1989, and Fisher was surprised, as he had not mentioned the relationship. The pair began to date quietly and eventually moved in together. By 1992, they were attending red carpet events together. Fisher told PEOPLE their relationship was “steady … serious and we have a lot of fun.” In Eastwood’s biography, Fisher recalled that all was well as long as she knew he was faithful.

In August 1993, Eastwood and Fisher welcomed their daughter Francesca Ruth Eastwood. They went on to have what Fisher called a “miraculous” period of family time together.

But by the end of 1993, their relationship had begun to dissolve. Between personal conflicts, Fisher’s discovery of Eastwood’s children with Reeves and paparazzi shots of Eastwood kissing another woman, Fisher moved into the guest house. By spring 1995, the couple had fully separated.

“With relationships, with people, you’re attracted to somebody for a reason. You follow it through, and if you can’t get past the honeymoon stage and get into the deeper meanings of why you’re together … you’re doomed to just stop when things start getting tough,” Fisher told the L.A. Times shortly after their split.

The former couple are now on good terms, and have even appeared at red carpet events together. In 2004, Fisher told SFGate, “I believe when you have loved someone, if you don’t destroy it with pettiness, then the love is always there.”

Dina Eastwood

While Eastwood was dating Fisher, he met news anchor Dina Eastwood, née Dina Ruiz, who was local to Carmel-by-the-Sea. After she interviewed him in 1992, they crossed paths again at a local event.

“We got along really well and I guess we flirted a little bit because she took the film back to KSBW and one of her associates said, ‘You’re going to marry him,’ ” Eastwood told Carmel Magazine of their first meeting. “Then we were attending a function out at Spanish Bay and [one of the hosts] said, ‘Do you mind sitting with Dina Ruiz?’ I said, ‘No! Not at all!’ We ended up holding hands and doing all that kind of nonsense.”

In early 1995, they were photographed kissing at a golf tournament — but they didn’t become a couple until after he and Fisher had split.

In September 1995, Eastwood proposed, and in December, he took her to a courthouse in Hailey, Idaho, to get their marriage license. In March 1996, while Dina was on a girl’s trip in Las Vegas, Eastwood organized a wedding ceremony to take place at his friend Steve Wynn’s nearby estate. In just 48 hours, the wedding was planned and the couple were saying “I do.” Dina later told PEOPLE it was her “dream wedding.”

Shortly after their nuptials, Eastwood and Dina learned they were expecting their first baby. In December 1996, they welcomed their daughter Morgan Eastwood. The couple remained married while raising Morgan; in her 2007 interview with Carmel Magazine, Dina shared that the longest they’d ever go apart was “maybe 10 days.”

“He’s the least pretentious person I’ve ever met. And I love that he’s so conscientious about nature and letting things remain as they are,” she told the outlet. “When Morgan was a little girl she liked to go in our yard to look at the flowers and he’d say, ‘Please don’t pick the flowers, let them live.’ … He’s one of those people who takes bugs outside. I call him Saint Francis of Assisi.”

In 2012, the couple shared insight into their lives on Mrs. Eastwood & Company. The reality show chronicled Dina’s life with Morgan and stepdaughter Francesca but only occasionally featured Eastwood. Sources later told PEOPLE that Eastwood was “furious about the show” as it “went against everything he stands for.”

By June of that year, in the middle of the show’s airing, their marriage had fallen apart. Those close to the couple told PEOPLE that, although they were still living in the same house, they were sleeping in different rooms. Dina reportedly began leaning on her old friend, Scott Fisher, for support. He had been living in Australia and was going through a divorce.

Although Dina said her relationship with Scott was platonic, his ex-wife, Erica Fisher, was concerned about the nature of their relationship and reached out to Eastwood in early 2013. By March, Eastwood and Erica were dating — a revelation that left Dina in “total shock.”

Dina filed for legal separation from Eastwood in September 2013, asking for joint custody of Morgan and spousal support. She asked her followers on Twitter not to speak negatively of Eastwood, writing that he is a “wonderful, good natured, brilliant person.” In October 2013, Dina officially filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Following their split, Dina shared on Bethenny Frankel’s talk show that she and Eastwood were still on good terms.

“He’s lovely, he hasn’t done much. It’s other people around him have done things that have blown me away and again my future ex-husband has done nothing [wrong],” she told Frankel, per E! News. “He is the sweetest, he is a loving, kind, low-key person so my intuition was still great on marrying a good person.”

In July 2016, Dina married Scott Fisher in Santa Barbara, California.

Erica Tomlinson-Fisher
While Eastwood was still married to Dina, Erica Tomlinson-Fisher reached out to him. At the time, she was finalizing a divorce from her husband Scott — a longtime friend of Dina. Dina and Scott had reconnected, and Erica was concerned about the nature of their relationship.

After their initial conversation, the pair began speaking on the phone often. In March 2013, they began dating. While they never made their relationship public, Erica was photographed in L.A. with Eastwood, in photos obtained by the Daily Mail. It’s not known how or exactly when their relationship ended.

Christina Sandera

Following his split from Erica, Eastwood met hostess Christina Sandera. The couple made their red carpet debut at the Oscars in 2015, according to the New York Times. In 2018, Sandera joined Eastwood and his family — including his kids, his granddaughter and his first wife, Maggie Johnson — at the L.A. premiere of his film The Mule. Since then, they’ve kept their relationship low-key. They reportedly live together in Carmel.

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Clint Eastwood Fans Get the Western Icon Trending on Twitter With Epic Throwback Pics

For those people who saw Clint Eastwood trending on Twitter on Sunday morning, then just know that he’s doing just fine. The onslaught of attention, though, did bring some epic throwback pictures to the platform. Fans were sharing many different shots from his iconic career. We picked out a few of them for you to get a peek at and enjoy. Our man Clint loves to keep working and even getting a round of golf in here and there. When he’s on the movie set or in some other setting, it’s always a good time to get some photos.

Those photos and even a video definitely liven up a Father’s Day filled with fun for many. Yep, even Eastwood probably had some fun and well wishes coming his way from his children. Daughter Alison Eastwood is a solid actress in her own right, having starred in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. As for papa Clint, well, where do you start with his movie career? Of course, there’s his time as the “Man with No Name.”

Clint Eastwood Did Find Success In Movies Thanks To ‘Spaghetti Westerns’

The work with Sergio Leone helped him get that movie career up and running. Meanwhile, he made Harry Callahan a major character thanks to Dirty Harry. Yet those Westerns do make him look that much better, right? Think about the “Spaghetti Westerns” that we alluded to just now.

Go beyond that to Unforgiven, a movie he not only acted in but had a role in getting the film made. Heck, Clint Eastwood wanted veteran actor Gene Hackman on board from the get-go. As the story goes, though, Hackman had reservations about joining up. When you play “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection, that becomes an iconic role for him. But the movie had its fair share of violence and that kind of turned him off at the outset.

In fact, Hackman, at first, said he didn’t want to be involved in another violent movie. That would be because of his daughters, Elizabeth and Leslie, who had some say in the matter. The actor did read the script but said no at first. Eastwood did tell Hackman that there was a chance to make a statement against violence in Unforgiven. When looking at the script again through those eyes, Hackman would agree to do it. Good thing he did. Hackman would win an Oscar for his role. “It’s all in the execution, you gotta execute it right, or else nothing means anything,” Eastwood said in an interview about the film. “He [Hackman] re-read it and came back and said, ‘Yeah, okay, I’ll do this.’”

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Reveals Her Favorite Advice He Gave Her

Alison Eastwood is an actress as well one of the daughters of the famed actor and director Clint Eastwood. Getting any type of advice from dear old Dad is a good thing. When it comes to her favorite piece that he gave her, you might think it was acting. She did get the acting bug, too, and did star in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. This advice must be about her career, right? Nope. It had to do with the always tough task of living life.

“I guess just not to take [life] too seriously,” Alison Eastwood tells Closer Weekly in an interview from 2019. “He never seemed to take anything too seriously. Maybe that’s not a good thing … I don’t know.” Yet she also would offer up a little more insight which she’s picked up from being around him. “He makes me laugh, I make him laugh,” Alison said. “That’s my favorite part about it. I think just having a lot of laughter, especially in our family, amongst ourselves. We’re all getting older.”

Clint Eastwood Isn’t A Big Fan Of His Birthday, Daughter Alison Says

She also says that Dad isn’t a big fan of his birthday. He would rather be doing something else, like working or playing golf, than celebrating his big day. Still, Clint Eastwood keeps on providing fans with film work as an actor and director. He’s achieved great success and to think he also has a classic TV connection. Of course, Clint does from his days playing Rowdy Yates on Rawhide.

Yet it is in the movies of Eastwood that has really made him a household name. Working in Europe would provide some foundational success thanks to the “Spaghetti Westerns” directed by Sergio Leone. He would play the “Man with No Name” in films like A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. They all would lead Eastwood to then become an iconic police officer as Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. One time, he talked about A Fistful of Dollars possibly becoming an “absolute disaster.” What in the world does he mean by this? Eastwood told Roger Ebert years ago that the movie’s producers were arguing among themselves. The issue at hand was who would pay the bills to get the movie done. This leads him to say, “It could have been an absolute disaster. But, we got lucky with it. And it turned out Sergio Leone was for real.”

While his record of success and achievement is solid, sometimes Eastwood has to pick and choose between projects. When it came to playing Bruce Willis’ role John McClane in Die Hard, Eastwood did turn it down. Screenwriter Jeb Stuart would say that Eastwood said that he didn’t get the humor in the movie.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Posts Rare Selfie, And Her Fans Are Absolutely Loving It

Earlier this week, Clint Eastwood’s daughter, Francesca Eastwood, took to her Instagram account to share a rare selfie.

The actress, who didn’t write a caption for the post, is seen with a pair of pink lens sunglasses while sitting near a plant. Follows of Clint Eastwood’s daughter gushed over the simple snapshot. “Extraordinarily Beautiful,” one follower declared. “You look gorgeous, so much like your mom,” another added.

Francesca is preparing to film her upcoming action-packed movie, “Live Fast, Die Laughing.” The film follows a broke taxi driver in Vietnam who thinks it is his lucky day when a mysterious offers him a fortune to drive her 1,000 miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. While on the road, the duo is pursued by mobsters and an assassin. Written by Timothy Linh Bui and Tim Tori and directed by Bui, Eastwood will star in the film alongside Harvey Keitel. 

Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Francesca Talks Starring in a Western Genre Film 

While promoting her 2016 film “Outlaws and Angels,” Francesca revealed to the Observer that she didn’t speak to her father, Clint Eastwood, about starring in the western genre film.

“I didn’t ask my parents for advice on this one,” Francesca stated about the role. But she did admit that she usually asks her parents but she wanted to do her own thing this time. “So I just ran and did it and talked with them about it later. I wanted to do one on my own, and it felt great.”

Frances Fisher, Francesca’s mother, was also part of the film. However, the duo did not appear in any scenes together. “This is the first time that I was on a film and then she came on after, rather than her being in a film and I join as her baby. I was probably the least experienced actor, and everyone was just so welcoming and really nurturing to that.”

While speaking about working in a desert, Francesca recalled, “It was pretty intense with the heat and the costumes, and we couldn’t wash them because they were supposed to look aged, so after about 3 weeks of being in the same layers it was just gross. It was fun and part of the experience though. Normally if you’re uncomfortable or too hot you go get a water and sit in a trailer, but that was so not the case with this one.”

Francesa went on to note that she and the rest of the cast just dealt with the production’s conditions. “No one really went to the trailers. We just hung out – no texting, Tweeting, Instagramming. I think it made it really special. There were no distractions.”

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