Clint Eastwood has lived a wholesome life. With a successful career in film and eight children that call him dad, he has had it all. Today, he spends his time at his ranch with his girlfriend, 33 years his junior.
Clint Eastwood rose to indelible fame in the 60s after appearing in “Dollars Trilogy” as the man with no name. Since then, he has acted and directed numerous other films, and despite his advanced age, he still has not hung his acting coat.
While the “Changeling” actor is famous for his decades-long work in the industry, he is also known for his numerous public romances. In his tenure, the actor has been with many women, with all his romantic ventures ending up in breakups.
Clint Eastwood at Four Seasons Los Angeles on January 6 2017 | Source: Getty Images
He has had many serious and casual relationships, which have varied in intensity and length with some overlapping. But who are these women who fell for his charms?
Eastwood first dated model Maggie Johnson in 1953. Unfortunately, despite their marriage lasting thirty years, they divorced in 1984. Nevertheless, their marriage was not all roses.
Actor Clint Eastwood at home with his wife, Maggie Johnson, October 1, 1959. | Source: Getty Images
In between their thirty-year union, Eastwood had many other flings and forbidden romances with the likes of stuntwoman Roxanne Tunis between 1959 and 1973.
After ending his affair with Tunis, he met model Sondra Locke, and the two began living together in 1975. Nine years into their cohabiting situation, Eastwood officially divorced Maggie Johnson. However, during his relationship with Locke, he also dated flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves.
Actor Clint Eastwood and Sandra Locke perform during this shooting of the Gauntlet in 1977 in California. | Source: Getty Images
In the early to mid-1990s, Eastwood had a relationship with actress Frances Fisher. In 1996, the “Unforgiven” actor married his second wife, Dina Ruiz. Of all his relationships and marriages, Eastwood thought Ruiz was the woman who would truly make him settle down for good. He told The Independent, as ABC News reports:
“As far as I’m concerned, this is the woman I like monogamy with.”
Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz on September 9, 1995 in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images
Sadly, the couple split up in 2013 after 17 years of marriage. However, Eastwood would meet hotel restaurant hostess Christina Sandra a year later, and the two have been together since.
WHO ARE THE EASTWOOD KIDS?
The “Absolute Power” actor’s relationships and marriages have seen him become a father of eight with six women. Eastwood was unaware that his first child, Laurie Murray, existed until they reconnected when she was thirty. The identity of her mother remains unclear.
Clint Eastwood with his wife Dina Ruiz, children and his former wife Frances Fisher | Source: Getty Images
Born to Roxanne Tunis on June 17, 1964, Kimber Eastwood is the second Eastwood child and is a producer and makeup artist. Kyle Eastwood is the actor’s son with his first wife, Maggie Johnson. He is a bassist and part of The Kyle Eastwood Quartet band.
Alison Eastwood is Kyle’s young sister, born on May 22, 1972. She is an actress who made her screen debut in the 1980 “Bronco Billy.” She has also appeared in “Friends and Lovers” and “Poolhand Junkies,” among many others.
Scott Eastwood is the fifth and most known of the screen legend’s children. Born on March 21, 1986, he is the son of Jacelyn Reeves and has also followed in his father’s footsteps, appearing in “An American Crime” and “Trouble With The Curve,” to name a few.
Kathryn Eastwood is Scott’s younger sister, born on March 2, 1988. She is also an actress and screenwriter, and her acting credits include “American Virus,” “Virus of the Dead,” and “Banned, Exploited & Blacklisted.”
Francesca is Eastwood’s second youngest child and an actress and TV personality. She has appeared on “Jersey Boys” and the reality show “Mrs. Eastwood & Company.” Born in 1993, she is the product of Eastwood’s relationship with actress Frances Fisher.
The youngest of the Eastwood brood is Morgan, born on December 12, 1996, to Eastwood and his second wife, Dina Ruiz. Like her dad and most of her siblings, she is also an actress known for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Mrs. Eastwood & Company.”
Growing up with Eastwood as a father had both its perks and disadvantages. With a busy schedule, Eastwood was away for long periods. However, he would often drag his kids to movie sets.
And despite being “old school” in raising his kids, Scott would admit that he brought them up to be health-conscious from a young age. They have also grown up with integrity, thanks to Eastwood.
MEET THE GIRLFRIEND HE LOVES BUT WILL NOT MARRY
Clint Eastwood with girlfriend Christina Sandera at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 20 2017 in France | Source: Getty Images
After his numerous failed relationships, Eastwood was lucky to find love again with Christina Sandra, 33 years his junior. For the first time, Eastwood chose to date someone that did not share his fame and constant spotlight.
Eastwood and the vivacious blonde met at Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Hotel, where Sandra worked as a hostess. They fell in love shortly after meeting in 2014 and have been together since.
Clint Eastwood with girlfriend Christina Sandera at the Village Theatre on December 10 2018 in Los Angeles California | Source: Getty Images
While she was once involved in a messy divorce with her ex-husband, one that included domestic violence claims, there hasn’t been much drama in her life since she started dating Eastwood. The lovebirds are just over seven years of dating, and Sandra has won over the Eastwood children’s hearts. An insider told Closer Weekly:
“He’s truly happy with her. She’s fun and easygoing, and his kids like her, too. She’s on an even keel like he is.”
Clint Eastwood and Christina Sandera at Malibu Family Wines on November 7, 2015 in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images
However, despite the mutual love and respect they share, Eastwood has openly declared that he won’t be officially marrying Sandra because, as a source would disclose:
“Clint doesn’t see any point in marrying again. He loves Christina, but marriage isn’t something he needs.”
WHERE DOES EASTWOOD CALL HOME?
Unlike many Hollywood stars who choose to make Los Angeles their home, the “Cry Macho” star decided to live “out there when he’s got all those acres.” He made the Mission Ranch, Carmel, his home and lives there with his girlfriend.
Movie actor and director Clint Eastwood with his daughter at home in Pebble Beach near Carmel, California circa 1978 | Source: Getty Images
The ranch, built in early 1850, was almost falling apart when Eastwood purchased it. He has since done numerous renovations on the property, boasting thirty-one luxurious guest rooms, a renovated restaurant and bar, and the most scenic views in California. It also has a workout room and a tennis court.
But the ranch is not just someplace the actor found and purchased. When he was 21, and a recruit at the nearby Fort Ord, he was looking to grab a quick, cheap meal and a soda when he came across the ranch. However, it was not the breathtaking place it is today.
Before becoming a lowkey restaurant and hotel, it was a dairy farm and the Fort Ord officers’ club. And when he saw the place, he thought he’d like to make it his home.
American movie actor and director Clint Eastwood poses for a portrait at home in Pebble Beach, Carmel, California. | Source: Getty Images
He recalled: “The first time I saw the place, I thought it was terrific. Visually it was something else, and I thought it was the place I’d like to call home. So I kind of adopted Carmel.”
After becoming a big movie star, he returned, bought the ranch, and began renovating the property, making it a home for himself and those who wished to take several days off their busy schedules to enjoy the scenery. It is also crucial to note that Eastwood was once the Carmel town mayor.
In the 80s, Eastwood wanted to renovate a different property he owned, but the city council denied him permission. Realizing that many other residents had the same problem, he took the City Council to court and won. A year down the line, he ran for mayor, winning by a landslide.
THE LUSH AND BREATHTAKING RANCH
The Mission Ranch Owned By Clint Eastwood | Source Getty Images
The ranch holds numerous memories for Eastwood. It was where he directed his first movie and fell in love with the place. In 1980, the property was about to be torn down to pave the way for another irksome condominium development. Luckily, Eastwood swooped in, and, after parting with $5 million, he became the new owner. He shared:
“I had always loved the place, and they were just going to flatten it. They said it was obsolete. I thought it should be preserved as what it was.”
Actor Clint Eastwood at his Mission Ranch Inn in Carmel.| Source: Getty Images
He has since done numerous renovations and developments around the ranch, putting up a “seedy refuge for traveling salesmen and illicit couples.”
The ranch features lush wetlands, a dramatic view of the sea, the beach’s gleaming curve, and the rocky Monterey coastline. There are also assorted farm animals on the ranch, including sheep, goats, and horses.
The scenic view at The Mission Ranch | Source: YouTube/Rosie O’Kelly
As one drives into the property, one can see old buildings that have been redone to become hotel structures surrounded by beautifully tended flowers, with cypress and eucalyptus trees shading the area.
The restaurant is a vast, bustling place with an active bar. A night at one of the ranch’s guest houses dawns into beautiful views of the Carmel river and a sandy beach.
Another part of the ranch with beautiful grounds featuring some farm animals | Source: YouTube/Rosie O’Kelly
The 1850 farmhouse on the grounds of the property | Source: YouTube/Rosie O’Kelly
Although the “Mystic River” actor is famous and a familiar figure, not only at the ranch but also in Carmel town, he prefers a more reclusive and private life. He describes himself by saying:
“I’m not the jolly host type.”
Those that know him in person say he is often eager to heap praises on others while he happily downplays his numerous achievements.
EASTWOOD IS NOT SLOWING DOWN
Eastwood hit the 91-year mark in 2021 but is not slowing down. He directed and acted in his latest film, the 2021 “Cry Macho,” and reflected on his age and legacy, saying:
“I don’t look like I did at 20, so what? That just means there are more interesting guys you can play.”
Clint Eastwood at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 20, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
In 2019, when appearing on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Eastwood recalled how as a kid, he would hang out with his 90-year-old grandfather and often wondered to himself who would want to live that long. Ellen hilariously replied, amid a burst of laughter from the crowd:
“Turns out you do!”
The nonagenarian, despite his age, is still working. He would tell Ellen that even as a looming fire consumed the hill near his office and everyone else had been evacuated, he still went in and continued working, never once intending to stop.
Clint Eastwood ‘Treats His Actors Like Horses,’ According to Tom Hanks
Clint Eastwood is a dominating yet somewhat stoic force that has dominated the entertainment world for over 60 years now.
From acting in a number of iconic roles, many of which are Western movies, to now directing Oscar-winning projects, Eastwood has evolved a lot in Hollywood. He first became popular after playing the “Man with No Name” in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy.”
Clint Eastwood Treats People Like Horses
He also gets to work with his fair share of other iconic actors over the years. That includes people like Morgan Freeman and Eli Wallach. He’s got quite the reputation for his overall matter-of-fact and serious personality. It seems to result in some efficient and amazing working conditions.
Tom Hanks, who worked with Eastwood for “Sully” in 2016, once spoke out about what it’s like to work with the very intimidating director. The movie is about a man named Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger that safely lands an endangered plane in the Hudson River.
While they were promoting the movie, Hanks appeared on “The Graham Norton Show.” As it turns out, Eastwood is about as intimidating as you’d think the man who plays the “Man with No Name” would be.
“He treats his actors like horses because when he did the 60s series Rawhide, the director would shout ‘Action!’ and all the horses bolted. So when he’s in charge, he says in a really quiet, soft voice, ‘All right, go ahead,’ and instead of shouting ‘Cut!’ he says, ‘That’s enough of that.’ It’s intimidating as hell!” Hanks said during the interview.
His calming voice and demeanor stand out in a world where directors are always shouting out demands. It’s probably a bit refreshing but also equal parts terrifying.
Forest Whitaker once worked with Eastwood in the movie “Bird.”
The actor said in an interview with People, “He really believed in me. I had never done anything to justify taking on a role like that …”
Eastwood is a Pleasure to Work With
Clint Eastwood even impressed Tom Hanks with how he works with other actors. Hanks is known in the industry for being kind and good-hearted.
After working in the business for so long, Eastwood still has all the respect of the people that he’s worked alongside.
According to Buzzfeed, one person on Reddit who was friends with a video editor that worked with Eastwood spoke out about working alongside the “Cry Macho” star.
“He said most people come in with assistants and have general demands like food, coffee, room temperature, and with attitudes that others have to work around. Not Clint Eastwood. He drove himself in his own pickup and sat down with you to get the work done and was always nice,” the person noted.
Dirty Harry: 5 Ways He’s Clint Eastwood’s Best Character (& 5 Alternatives)
After starring in Don Siegel’s gritty police thriller Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood reprised the title role of Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan in a grand total of four sequels, from Magnum Force to The Dead Pool. Callahan is arguably Eastwood’s greatest role, making full use of his strengths as an actor and giving him plenty of dramatic material to sink his teeth into, but there are a bunch of other close contenders.
The actor’s decades-long career has been lined with iconic characters. From Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns to his own directorial efforts, Eastwood has played a ton of roles that have come close to matching Callahan as a screen icon.
10. Dirty Harry Is The Best: He’s A Quintessential Antihero
Clint Eastwood is best utilized when he’s given less than perfect people to play. His gruff demeanor and icy stare are beautifully matched to antiheroes who do questionable things and try not to look back.
Harry Callahan is a quintessential antihero, breaking away from the police’s codes of conduct if they stand in the way of what he sees as the right course of action.
9. Alternative: Frankie Dunn
Although Million Dollar Baby was marketed as a female version of Rocky, it becomes a much more depressing affair after its midpoint twist in which its protagonist, budding boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, is disabled at the beginning of her promising career.
Clint Eastwood co-stars as Maggie’s trainer Frankie Dunn, who champions her through her first few fights and then has to contend with the heartache of her sudden paralysis.
8. Dirty Harry Is The Best: He’s Eastwood’s Darkest Character
The best acting plumbs the darkest depths of the human soul, from Martin Sheen’s turn as Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now to Al Pacino’s portrayal of the corruption of Michael Corleone in The Godfather trilogy.
Clint Eastwood is one of the world’s greatest actors in terms of playing dark roles. As a cop who will torture suspects without thinking twice, Harry Callahan is easily Eastwood’s darkest role.
7. Alternative: Josey Wales
The title role in The Outlaw Josey Wales is a challenging one, as he’s a farmer whose family is murdered by the Union during the Civil War who then joins a Confederate guerrilla army in pursuit of vengeance.
In addition to directing The Outlaw Josey Wales as a magnificent study of the Civil War, Eastwood starred as one of his most iconic characters.
6. Dirty Harry Is The Best: He’s Morally Complex
Unlike a lot of gun-toting detectives in Hollywood cinema, Harry Callahan isn’t depicted as a clear-cut hero. He’ll bend the law in order to catch a bad guy or he’ll feel justified in killing if he thinks it will prevent more killing.
The audience isn’t expected to be on Harry’s side at every turn, but the moral gray area in which he operates means he’s never anything less than compelling.
5. Alternative: Walt Kowalski
In Gran Torino, Eastwood stars as Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran who now lives in a neighborhood filled with Korean gangsters. As he’s caught in a gangland conflict, he confronts his own prejudices and makes the ultimate sacrifice in a harrowing finale.
The actor’s ice-cold glare was perfect for the role of Kowalski. He plays the role as a typical crotchety old neighbor, but with a dark side that’s as clear as day.
4. Dirty Harry Is The Best: He Has Most Of Eastwood’s Quotable Lines
Over the course of an incredible career that spans seven decades and counting, Clint Eastwood has uttered a ton of memorable lines on the big screen that have been quoted by fans ever since.
But the majority of his most beloved quotes belong to Harry Callahan, like “Go ahead, make my day,” “A man’s got to know his limitations,” and “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
3. Alternative: William Munny
Eastwood gave the perfect swansong to the outdated genre that spawned his career with the bleak revisionist western Unforgiven. Years after turning his back on a life of killing to lead a simple farming existence, William Munny is reluctantly recruited for one last gig as an outlaw.
The movie is a grisly tale of redemption as Munny strives to exact brutal vigilante justice, but it also takes every chance to remind viewers that he’s no hero.
2. Dirty Harry Is The Best: A Lot Of Eastwood’s Subsequent Roles Emulated Harry
After the success of Dirty Harry, the title character became Clint Eastwood’s defining role, to the point that many of his subsequent roles were written to emulate Harry’s blunt, unconventional style.
Eastwood had made his name as a cowboy in Italian westerns and playing an iconic detective on the streets of San Francisco ensured him a career in contemporary American thrillers.
1. Alternative: The Man With No Name
Between 1964 and 1966, Clint Eastwood teamed up with Sergio Leone to create three of the greatest westerns ever made. With A Fistful of Dollars, Leone recontextualized Kurosawa’s Yojimbo for the Wild West and pioneered the spaghetti western. With The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, he perfected the genre.
Across all three movies, Eastwood played the fabled Man with No Name, a gunslinging drifter who chases bounties and plays gangs against each other.
Why Clint Eastwood Only Acts In Movies He Directs (And When It Started)
Clint Eastwood has largely acted in movies that he was also directing throughout a large portion of his career – so why is this, and when did it start? He will forever be remembered for the Westerns he starred in, however, his directing career reads as a mightily impressive one. Even the films that he has directed but not appeared in, have also gone on to achieve incredible commercial and critical success. His latest western Cry Macho was released last year, and had Clint Eastwood starring, directing, and producing. But why does he only seem interested in appearing in movies that he directs himself?
Clint Eastwood found his way onto TV screens with his breakout role in Rawhide. He then went on to achieve incredible fame and success as ‘the Man with No Name’ in the legendary Dollars Trilogy, directed by none other than Sergio Leone. However, in 1971 he took up dual roles of being both in front and behind the camera in Play Misty for Me, and so marked the beginning of his incredible career in directing. From here on out, the Dirty Harry star was more interested in being the conductor of his own orchestra – to the extent that Eastwood literally even composed music for the soundtracks on many of his films.
Since then, Clint Eastwood never took his foot off the gas when it came to directing and his success in the area is plain to see. Prime examples of this are his four Academy Award wins, two each for Best Picture and Best Director for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby respectively, as well as his two Best Actor nominations. Eastwood has never explained why he only acts in movies he directs, but it is clear to see it is a method that works for him – with this likely being the main reason his film efforts have taken this direction. While he had been self-directing for many years previous, the release of White Hunter Black Heart in 1990 marked the beginning of Clint Eastwood acting solely in films he was directing. From this point, he would only appear in front of the lens if he was also the man behind it.
Clint Eastwood had reportedly become frustrated with the atmosphere and pace of some film sets and wanted to create his own environment for making movies. He explained in his book Film Craft: Directing that “sets didn’t have to be nerve-wracking or bell-ringing or booby-trapped as it was with some“. So when Clint Eastwood directed his movies, he encouraged a “comfortable and calm environment on set” and kept the scenes moving. Many actors who have worked with him have said that most shots are done in one or two takes, which is astonishingly efficient – in fact, Eastwood is said to have taken over directing in the 1976 film The Outlaw Josey Wales because he believed it was being directed at too slow a pace.
At 91, it is of no surprise that Clint Eastwood’s movie career is at a point where he has decided that no one is going to tell him what to do besides himself. The exception to this came in 2012, when he starred in Trouble with the Curve – but that was the first project that he had acted in and not directed since his cameo appearance as himself in the 1995 film Casper. What movie Eastwood does next is anyone’s guess. Clint Eastwood has shown he is willing to work with directors in the not-so-distant past, but it’s evident that the actor is clearly someone who likes to work at his own pace – and with such a lengthy history in the industry, it makes sense he uses all his range of abilities to ensure this pace is set.
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