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On September 17, 2021, the film “Cry Macho” was released in theaters. As reported by Parade, the Clint Eastwood-directed film stars Eastwood himself as the main character who has to come to terms with aging out of a masculine persona he no longer embodies. In a way, the film is Eastwood’s reckoning with his macho man past, being the lead star of many hypermasculine-driven spaghetti westerns like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars,” and in a more contemporary vein, his “Dirty Harry” Callahan character (via IMDb).
At an advanced age, the actor may have regrets and introspection, as many people are wont to do. However, this reckoning seems a bit contradictory, given that the man himself has been less than faithful in his relationships with women in his past. As Ireland’s Independent says, Eastwood seems to have had as many affairs as his body could handle. How can reckoning follow a life of betrayal and adultery?

Eastwood grew up in the Great Depression era and also served in the Korean War. Britannica says he took up acting soon after his army discharge and got early work with small parts in movies like “Revenge of the Creature,” “Tarantula,” and the like until his contract ended. Like many actors, Eastwood had a somewhat slow start breaking into the industry, but eventually found his first big role in “Rawhide,” a western TV series that ran from 1959 to 1965. It was during this time that Eastwood’s hard man persona that he would eventually come to fully embody began to materialize. Making the leap from American TV to spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone catapulted him to stardom.
He became one of the most successful actors of his time, mostly in films involving more action than dialog. Eastwood didn’t rest on his acting laurels, however; he also took up directing. Per IMDb, he’d direct notable movies such as “Cry Macho,” “American Sniper,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and more. He earned best director and best picture Oscars for “Unforgiven” in 1993 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005.
CLINT EASTWOOD HAD A SECRET LOVE CHILDNew Africa/ShutterstockTo say that Eastwood lived a fairly complicated life is an understatement. Despite being married, the actor got around a lot in his time, sleeping with many women. As Daily Mail reported in 2018, Eastwood kept a few secrets, like him fathering a secret love child by the name of Laurie Murray. It all started before Eastwood and Maggie Johnson got married in 1953. Eastwood had fallen in love with Murray’s mother at the time, and the two developed a very serious relationship. Eastwood was engaged at the time to Maggie Johnson but did not tell her about this affair. Murray’s birth mother put her up for adoption.
According to Newsner, neither Murray nor Eastwood reportedly knew their connection until years later, when Murray sought to discover who her biological father was. She and an investigator eventually found paperwork that had Eastwood’s name on it, cementing the relationship.
CLINT EASTWOOD FREQUENTLY SLEPT WITH FELLOW ACTRESSESBOKEH STOCK/ShutterstockJust how far did Eastwood take his philandering? As the Independent says, Karen Sharpe, an actress from the TV series “Rawhide,” which starred Eastwood, said that there was a woman on set almost every day who was there to sleep with him. “There was a girlfriend with a job that ensured she’d be there every day. She didn’t seem to have any work in particular, other than being with Clint at lunch,” Sharpe said.
Sondra Locke was an actress who starred in a few Eastwood movies such as “Sudden Impact” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (via IMDb). She also had a notable live-in relationship with Eastwood, which fell apart and culminated in a court battle between the two. As reported by Vanity Fair, Locke got into a lawsuit with Eastwood back in 1989 for palimony. The lawsuit eventually ended in a $1.5 million settlement.
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesEastwood and Locke had a relatively long relationship, until that all fell apart, followed by the lawsuit. It seems that the relationship not only soured, but actually became quite toxic. As The Guardian says, Locke was a fairly accomplished and charismatic actor of her own, who had performed in numerous movies, frequently with Eastwood. She and Eastwood had met when Locke was already in a platonic marriage with Gordon Leigh Anderson, her childhood friend, sculptor who was also gay.
Reportedly, Eastwood had manipulated her, as he promised her a project-development deal, which ended up being fraud. This was what the second lawsuit was about, as she alleged that Eastwood had only set that deal up to get the palimony suit thrown under the rug. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Eastwood’s wife at the time, Maggie Johnson, had finally decided to get a divorce with the actor in 1977, during which Eastwood and Locke had been working together. And though not known with absolute certainty, the relationship with Locke might have been the proverbial last straw in that marriage (per Wide Open Country). In her palimony suit (per the Los Angeles Times), Locke alleged that Eastwood had “a terrible temper … and he has frequently been abusive to me.”

In general, when people hear the word duel, they tend to think of either the wild west or Victorian gentlemen with top hats and pistols. Perhaps even Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. As Britannica explains, a duel is essentially an old-timey way of settling disputes outside of the court system. It involves two or more people armed with weapons, whether it be guns or swords or something else, and a fight, sometimes resulting in the death of one or both parties. Nor was dueling the exclusive right of men.
Turns out that modern duels might still happen. Eastwood actually almost got involved in a duel, believe it or not, over an affair with a woman. As East Bay Times reports, Eastwood and actress Jean Seberg had gotten romantically involved in the 1960s, being co-stars in the musical “Paint Your Wagon.” Despite the fact that both were married to other people, they continued on with the affair. Seberg eventually cut it off with her husband Romain Gary, a French novelist and diplomat, who took great offense and challenged Eastwood to a duel. The duel itself never actually happened, however, and Gary basically moved on with his life.

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Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Dished on What He Was Like at Home: ‘He’s Just My Dad’

To most of the world, Clint Eastwood is one of the most iconic actors alive. He’s the mysterious “Man with No Name,” he’s the detective with a flair for violence, “Dirty” Harry Callahan, some even know him as the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (a role he held in real life, not on the silver screen). To his 8 children, however, he’s simply known as dad.

In an interview with Closer Weekly, one of the legendary actor’s eldest children, Alison Eastwood, described what it was like to grow up with the “icon of masculinity” as her father. “He’s just my dad,” she explained. “He yelled at me when I was bad and did horrible things, which I did from time to time. And he was really sweet and supportive when I was doing great things.”

Though Eastwood leans heavily on no-nonsense tough-guy roles in Hollywood, Alison knows a different version of him entirely. “He’s way laid-back,” she revealed. “Probably too laid-back. Don’t tell him, though!”

Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Shares the Advice He Gave for a Career in Hollywood

Like many father-child relationships, Alison is her father’s biggest fan. So much so, in fact, that when it came time to choose a career path, she set her sights on Hollywood. Alison made her film debut at the young age of 7 when she was given an uncredited role in the 1980 Clint Eastwood Western Bronco Billy.

For Clint Eastwood, it didn’t matter what his children did in their careers, as long as they gave it their all. “I just said, whatever you do, do it well,” the Dirty Harry star told the LA Times. “If you’re going to be a phone operator, be the best phone operator.”

Alison now has more than 40 years of experience both in front of and behind the camera. Now an actress and a director, Alison shared the advice her father gave her ahead of her directorial debut. “He has a dry sense of humor,” she said. “So his biggest piece of advice for me as a director was, ‘Make sure you get a lot of sleep, because you’re going to need it.’”

After dispensing some classic dad-style humor, Clint Eastwood shared his actual advice. “Believe in what you’re doing, as opposed to changing your mind or being wishy-washy,” he told his daughter.

The Western icon and his daughter are now 92 and 50, respectively, but remain close to this day. “We’re good friends,” Alison Eastwood said. “We laugh a lot. Now we can talk about directing, acting, the business, and we both love animals. We have a lot to share. And we still do Thanksgiving together!”

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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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