Clint Eastwood's Legendary Life: a View by His Daughter
Clint Eastwood barely needs an introduction. He has had a prolific career, which spans at least fifty years, but has also raised a few eyebrows with his romantic relationships! Although his approach to marriage and girlfriends maybe a little unconventional, Eastwood is a real family man and has eight children with six women. Are you wondering how it all works out for this fifteen-person family? Well, collectively, they have so much talent that they could probably write, produce, direct, act and compose a score for an entire film. Clint’s daughter Alison recently spoke to the press about growing up as the child of the ‘Man with No Name’...
A Man of Many Talents
Aside from being a first-rate father, Clint Eastwood is also an actor, filmmaker, politician, and musician. The latter two might surprise you, but it’s true! It may seem strange to think about Clint Eastwood getting his big break, but everyone has to start somewhere. Eastwood began with the popular Western show ‘Rawhide,’ which remains iconic even 60 years later. Sergio Leone’s major spaghetti Western trilogy skyrocketed Eastwood to even greater fame after the young actor played a brooding, macho character who was known for having no name.
In the 1970s and 80s, Eastwood played Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films, but in the 90s he really began to branch out into directing and filmmaking. He worked on Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima, as well as Invictus, Changeling, and American Sniper. Weirdly, the French really seem to like him, as he has received both the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Legion of Honour medal in the European country. As a politician, he is a libertarian and was the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea in California for two years. But let’s hear more about those eight children...
Big Shoes To Fill
Alison Eastwood has followed in her father’s (giant) footsteps as an actor and director. In an interview with Closer, she told the reporters all about what it was like to grow up with Clint Eastwood as her dad. Alison also has a career in the fashion industry, both as a model and a designer. She was born in the 70s and is the daughter of Maggie Johnson. And Clint Eastwood, obviously. Kyle Eastwood is Alison's brother, but they also have six-half siblings: Kimber, Scott, Francesca, Kathryn, Morgan, and Laurie…
Clint and Dina
Clint was most recently married to Dina Ruiz, who Dina and Clint were married in 1996, and have a daughter named Morgan together. Dina has made a name for herself as a news anchor, which is actually how she and Clint met. In 1992, when she was working for KSBW-TV, Dina interviewed Eastwood. When the tape came back to KSBW, one of Dina's colleagues said: 'You're going to marry him!' And it turned out to be true. So how did it happen?
Meant to Be
In 2007, Clint told the press about how he and Dina got together. After their fateful interview, they were seated next to each other at a function in Spanish Bay. Eastwood himself said: 'We ended up holding hands and doing all that kind of nonsense and then we started dating and we're still dating. ... She's a very forthright kind of person. It's one of those things you can't put your finger on because it's pheromones or something.' But in 2013, they split, and three years later, Dina married Australian-American basketball coach Scott Fisher.
Morgan was born in 1996 to Clint and Dina, and like many of her other half-siblings, Morgan has been lucky enough to star in some of her father's films. In the 2008 film Changeling, she had a small role as a girl on a tricycle. The young Eastwood really came to everyone's attention, however, in 2012, when she was a part of 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company.' This was, of course, Dina Eastwood's reality TV show about the family. Morgan is now 22 and is only just getting started in her career. But how did the rest of the gang come along?
Clint and Frances
Before Dina, Clint Eastwood was in a long-term relationship with Frances Fisher. She and Clint met on the set of the 1989 film Pink Cadillac. In 1992, they would also star in Unforgiven together, and the film won an Academy Award! In 1993 they had a daughter named Francesca, who has also followed in her father’s footsteps to become an actor. The young Eastwood was on the reality TV series Eastwood & Company with her half-sister Morgan and Dina Ruiz, and she and her own mother Frances have appeared together in Fargo as younger and older versions of the same character.
Something that you might not know about Francesca is that she and mother Frances survived a house fire that destroyed their home on Christmas day of 2001. Francesca had to jump out of her bedroom window, into her mother and neighbor's arms. 12 years later she was Miss Golden Globes with Sam Michael Fox, who is the son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan. In 2013, she was married to Jordan Feldstein, only to file for annulment 8 days later. Nowadays, Francesca has a son named Titan with her boyfriend Alexander Wraith.
Clint and Sondra
In the 1970s, Clint Eastwood was in a serious long-term relationship with Sondra Locke. Sondra was successful in her own right, even being nominated for an Academy Award for her very first film appearance in 1968. In every subsequent film she starred in, Sondra shared the spotlight with Clint. She was married to Gordon Leigh Anderson, a sculptor, in 1967 until her death, but their relationship was always platonic. Clint and Sondra lived together from 1975 until 1989, and Sondra had a tubal ligation as she did not want to have children. But that didn’t stop Clint from fathering two children with Jacelyn Reeves.
Clint and Jacelyn
Seattle-native Jacelyn Reeves met Eastwood back in the 80s when she was a hostess at one of his restaurants. They hit it off pretty quickly, despite the fact that Clint was still married to Maggie Johnson. Nonetheless, Reeves and Eastwood were together for a long time, and they would have two children together. In 1990, their relationship ended, and Jacelyn took the children to Hawaii to raise them. Scott was born in 1986, and Kathryn was born in 1988. Both Kathryn and Scott now work as actors.
In 1988 in Carmel, California, Kathryn Eastwood was born Kathryn Reeves, as the first child of Jacelyn and Clint. As aforementioned, Kathryn is an actor as well as a writer and has worked on films like American Virus, Jersey Boys, and Virus of the Dead. Other movies that she has been involved in are Candles and Thick Water. Unlike her siblings, Kathryn shies away from the public eye a little more. And you may have heard of her brother, who is possibly the most famous Eastwood child...
You might have seen him in The Longest Ride, Gran Torino, or even in the Taylor Swift video clip for ‘Wildest Dreams!’ His career is really just warming up - in 2015 he won a Teen Choice Award and was nominated for two more between 2015 and 2016. More recently, he has acted in Suicide Squad, The Fate of the Furious, Overdrive, and The Outpost. He now has his own podcast called 'Live Life Better,' and is grateful to people like Matt Damon, who helped mentor him to get him where he is today.
The Humble Triathlete
Scott Eastwood recently completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which raises money for the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Before tackling the course, he was humble: 'I’m gonna get my ass kicked, but I’m looking forward to it!' Next on his to-do list is the filming of The Manuscript, which will be directed by Nick Cassavetes. Jamie Foxx and Jean Reno will star alongside Eastwood. He is also pursuing a start-up, which sells socks and underwear made in America. But Scott and Kathryn aren't the last of the Eastwoods...
In the 1950s, while officially with Maggie Johnson, Clint Eastwood fathered another daughter, named Laurie. Her mother’s identity remains a mystery, and Laurie was kept a secret from Clint for many years. Indeed, she is now 64 and only found out that Eastwood was her biological father in her 30s. Biographer Patrick McGilligan revealed that Laurie's mother would have met Eastwood in Seattle before he was even famous. Since finding out he has another daughter, Clint has included Laurie and her family in the wider family celebrations, including thanksgiving, and in 2004, he even invited her to walk the red carpet with him at the Oscars!
Clint and Roxanne
Clint Eastwood also had a bit of a thing with another young woman back in the late 1950s. Although she was never credited as such, Roxanne was a regular stuntwoman and extra on the 1959 TV show Rawhide. He sent her off to study transcendental meditation a few times, but eventually, things ended. After this, Tunis moved to Colorado to teach meditation. The two would stay in touch for a long time, and in 1978, they appeared together in Eastwood's film 'Every Which Way But Loose.' But there was something a little unconventional about their relationship...
Eastwood's relationship with Roxanne spanned a full 14 years, which makes it one of his longest to date. However, their relationship just so happens to have coincided with Clint's marriage to Maggie Johnson, the mother of two of his other children. Roxanne and Clint ended up having a child together too, and her name is Kimber. She is currently with director and producer Shawn Midkiff and works as a producer herself. Of course, Kimber is an Eastwood, so she is multi-talented, and is also a makeup artist in the same industry as the rest of her half-brothers and sisters.
Clint and Maggie
Maggie Johnson was born in the same year as Clint Eastwood and made a living as an American swimsuit model. In the late 1960s, she played Sarah Toller in the TV series Mannix, and would also play Beth Armstead in Ironside later that year. When Johnson found out about Clint's unfaithfulness, she was understandably upset and filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in 1984. After this, she married Henry Wynberg, but this marriage would also end in divorce four years later.
A Very Jazzy Upbringing
Kyle Eastwood was born to Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson in 1968. While he did go into the entertainment industry, it was through a different means. When Kyle was growing up, his parents Maggie and Clint would play Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk. It turns out that Clint Eastwood is actually a pretty impressive pianist too, and he has maintained a lifelong interest in jazz particularly! In 1988, Clint Eastwood directed Bird, in which Forest Whitaker played famous jazz musician Charlie Parker. Clint Eastwood won two Golden Globes for Bird. But that wasn’t the only outcome of his enthusiasm for jazz…
Kyle Eastwood was heavily influenced by father Clint’s musicality. When Kyle was in high school, he began playing the bass guitar, and now has released eight studio albums, many with the Kyle Eastwood Quartet. He once told reporters: ‘When I told my father, film actor/director Clint Eastwood, I wanted to be a musician, he was happy about it. Music has always been important to my family. My parents gave me my taste in music and my love of jazz from an early age.’ And in case you didn’t believe us: in 2010, Clint Eastwood was the Executive Producer for a documentary about pianist Dave Brubeck's life. But there’s another surprising fact about Eastwood and his musical talents...
Clint also has an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music! Nonetheless, Kyle has also composed soundtracks for movies and has worked on nine of his father’s films, including Million Dollar Baby. But wait - isn’t there another Eastwood that we’re missing here? Of course, four years after Kyle was born, along came Alison. Alison was, of course, the daughter of Maggie Johnson and the prolific Mr. Eastwood. She had her first acting role in Bronco Billy, although her name wasn’t in the credits.
When she was 11, Alison played her dad’s on-screen daughter in a film called Tightrope. It wasn’t exactly the kind of movie you watch with your 11-year-old, as it involves a serial killer who breaks into Eastwood’s character’s family home. Clint played Wes Block and was a police detective chasing this serial killer. The latter character murders their pets and their nanny, but not before handcuffing and gagging Alison’s character. You can understand why she took a 13-year hiatus from films after that!
The Camera Loved Her
But by 1997, Alison was back. She starred in Absolute Power and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Before 1999 was over, she would act in five more films besides. It sounds as though she’s a hard worker like her dad! Aside from acting, Alison would also begin a career in the fashion industry. She walked Parisian catwalks and even had her pictures in the American Vogue magazine. In 2003, she did some modeling for Playboy. You go, girl!
Eastwood Ranch Foundation
Only four years after her Playboy shoot, Alison began her career behind the lens. To date, she has directed Rails & Ties, Battlecreek, and the TV series Unleashed. The latter show revolves around a publicist who is sentenced to community service, ending up working at a dog rescue facility. Eastwood is known for her love of animals, and she even founded the Eastwood Ranch Foundation! The not-for-profit rescues pets from high-kill shelters, supporting many different animal rescues by providing a home for cats and dogs until they find their new home. Aww! But that’s not all Alison does…
Finding Her Own Harmony
In 2014, Alison swore off acting ever again after her role in Finding Harmony. But Sam Moore, Clint Eastwood’s producer, rang out of the blue four years later, telling her: ‘You know your dad wants you to be in this film!’ Clint’s daughter was hesitant. The movie he was talking about was called The Mule, and he wanted Alison to play his daughter. The main character was an elderly man who gets caught up in a cartel drug-smuggling ring. She took her time to consider the offer, and was frustrated at first as she knew her father was aware of her desire to quit acting…
Take Your Daughter to Work Day?
Alison Eastwood told news media: ‘The more I thought about it, I was like, ‘Well, maybe this is an opportunity to not only play [Clint’s] daughter but also to spend some free time with him.’ At the time, Eastwood was married to stand-up comedian Stacy Poitras, who encouraged her to take on the role. He was concerned that she would regret not acting with her dad again as an adult, and Eastwood eventually caved.
Working with Mr. Eastwood
In the role, Alison was reminded of her dad’s incredible work ethic, which impressed her a great deal. Especially considering he was almost in his nineties when he played horticulturist Earl Stone! Alison described his attitude towards work: ‘He’s a machine. I think he has a robot chip in the back of his head. He’s not human.’ Maybe she’s right! After all, there aren’t many people on this earth who could become jazz pianists, actors, directors, and politicians all in one lifetime. Not to mention his eight children!
Clint Eastwood's Stamina
Nonetheless, Alison Eastwood told reporters about why she was so surprised at her father’s acting endurance: ‘I don’t know how [Clint] does it. I’m not sure. I can only aspire that I could have half the stamina he has. I directed two films and the last one almost killed me. He just seems to make it look easy, which is very inspiring but it’s also like, ‘Why can’t it be as easy for me?’ The robot hypothesis is becoming more and more feasible! But Alison had much more to say about what her dad was really like off-screen.
Not Like His On-Screen Characters
According to his children, Clint Eastwood is actually a pretty laid-back guy! ‘My dad is a much more cool and laid-back guy than a lot of his characters... He has a wonderfully dry, dark sense of humor,’ Alison said. Regardless of his relationships with women, Alison notes that her father always treated them with love and respect: ‘My parents split up when I was pretty young, but he always made time for us, even when he was working.’ Scott Eastwood also had something to say about his famous dad…
Scott Eastwood Chimes In
Scott Eastwood told Closer Weekly once that his father was always very encouraging, no matter which career path he chose: ‘Dad didn’t care if I was a plumber or an actor. He said, ‘Whatever you do, just do it well. Be humble about what you do, be a good guy and tell the truth.’ And what’s more, is that he made sure that he walked the talk! The patriarch insisted on his children adopting a solid work ethic, as Scott highlights: ‘My first car was a ‘91 Ford Crown Victoria that was $1,000. And I had to buy every car after that. I had to do it all.’ Maybe that’s why the Eastwood children are so normal and likable when compared to many other young celebs.
Well, That Didn't Age Well...
Over the span of his epic career, Clint Eastwood has been nominated for eleven Academy Awards. In the 70s, he was convinced that he would never win one because he made ‘too much money’ for ‘those old farts in the Academy,’ and ‘most importantly, because [he doesn’t] give a [expletive]!’ Well, that quote didn’t age well, because 20 years later, he won Best Director and Best Picture for Unforgiven, and in 2005 won the same two awards yet again for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won five Japan Academy Prizes, five People's Choice Awards, and three Golden Globes. Clearly he has set a high standard for his children, and is currently working on yet another film…
Happy At Last
Clint Eastwood is currently filming for The Ballad of Richard Jewell and is in a long-term relationship with Christina Sandera. She moved in with Eastwood in 2015, and it seems that the two have a very happy life together! All in all, things have worked out pretty splendidly for the Eastwoods, and it goes to show that celebrities really are just like us at heart.
Alison told Closer: ‘As a teenager, you think your parents are dorky. But as my brother and I matured, we realized how much they meant to us. My dad and I are good friends – we laugh a lot. We have a lot to share.’ Aww! If you enjoyed learning more about this prolific actor and his famous family, be sure to share this article with a friend! And if you’re in the mood for a little more celebrity trivia, check out some of our related articles.