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.
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.”
Sadly, the couple split up in 2013 after 17 years of marriage. However, Eastwood would meet hotel restaurant hostess Christina Sandera 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.
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
After his numerous failed relationships, Eastwood was lucky to find love again with Christina Sandera, 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 Sandera worked as a hostess. They fell in love shortly after meeting in 2014 and have been together since.
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 nine 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.”
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.
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 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.”
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.
As one drive 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 with beautiful views of the Carmel River and a sandy beach.
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 93-year mark in 2023 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.”
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:
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.