Dina Eastwood

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Dina Eastwood
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Eastwood at the Academy Awards in 2007
Born Dina Marie Ruiz
(1965-07-11) July 11, 1965 (age 49)
Castro Valley, California
Residence Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Nationality American
Education Ohlone College, Arizona State
Alma mater San Francisco State University
Home town San Francisco, California
Spouse(s) Clint Eastwood
(1996–present; separated; divorce pending)
Children Morgan Eastwood

Dina Eastwood (born Dina Marie Ruiz c. 1965)[1] is an American reporter and TV news anchor. She is the wife of actor/director Clint Eastwood.

In 2012, she starred in a reality television series about her life, Mrs. Eastwood & Company, on the E! network.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Dina Marie[3] Ruiz was born in Castro Valley, California, the daughter of Michael Ruiz, who had been adopted by a Latino couple, as an infant, and his wife, Mary Lou Ruiz,[4] who is of English,[5] Irish and German descent.[4] Michael Ruiz's biological father, Marcus Grant, was African American and Native Hawaiian, and his biological mother, Lilian, was Japanese and Hawaiian.[4] Dina grew up in Fremont, California, with her father teaching school in Fresno.[5][6]

After graduating from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, she attended several colleges beginning with Ohlone College, a community college in her hometown, in 1983.[7][8] While a student at Ohlone, she anchored Newsline for Ohlone College Television. She briefly attended Arizona State University in Tempe,[6] and in 1988, graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Communications.[6][8]

Career[edit]

In 1990, she was hired as a reporter for KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona, and eventually became news anchor.[9] About a year later, she was hired at KSBW in the Monterey-Salinas, California market as a news anchor.[citation needed] She retired in 1997.[citation needed] She met Clint Eastwood when she interviewed him for a newscast.[10]

In 1998, as Dina Ruiz Eastwood, she was host of the television show A Quest for Excellence, produced by the California Teachers Association and featuring students, teachers, and administrators and their daily challenges, as well as celebrity interviews.[4]

Beginning February 8, 2011, announced as Dina Ruiz-Eastwood,[11] and billed on-air as Dina Eastwood,[12] she "guest-anchored for KSBW"[13] the 5 p.m. newscast with weeknight anchor Dan Green.[11] She returned to anchor the 5 p.m newscast for two weeks starting November 11, 2013.[14]

Ruiz Eastwood was featured in the San Francisco State University's 2009 "Alumni Hot Shots" list.[15] She is a former co-host of the television show Candid Camera.[15]

She discovered the South African a cappella band Overtone during the filming of her husband's film Invictus. The band then recorded songs that were used in the Malpaso Productions soundtrack.[16]

Eastwood made brief appearances as a reporter in two of her husband's films, True Crime (1999) and Blood Work (2002). In 2012, she played the role of Vanessa Reeve in The Forger alongside her stepson, Scott Eastwood.

Eastwood joined The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts Board of Trustees and is a past chair.[17]

Personal life[edit]

She met actor-director Clint Eastwood in 1992, when she interviewed him for KSBW-TV. As Clint Eastwood recalled in 2007,

[S]he was doing an interview with me…[and] 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.' 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 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.[6]

They married on March 31, 1996.[18] The couple has one daughter, Morgan Eastwood (born December 12, 1996).[19]

In April 2013, Dina Eastwood entered rehab for depression and anxiety.[20]

In August 2013, she stated that she and Clint Eastwood had been living separately for an undisclosed length of time.[1] Dina Eastwood filed for divorce on October 22, 2013. In her divorce filing she asked for full physical custody of Morgan.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Takeda, Allison (August 29, 2013). "Clint Eastwood, Wife Dina Eastwood Separate After Nearly 17 Years of Marriage". Us Weekly. Retrieved August 29, 2013. The former TV news reporter, 48, .... 
  2. ^ McNamara, Mary (2012-05-18). "Television review: 'Mrs. Eastwood & Company'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 10, 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Divorce papers filed October 22, 2013 reprinted in "Dina Eastwood Divorce Petition". RadarOnline (Los Angeles). October 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-26. Eastwood, Dina Marie 
  4. ^ a b c d Cardenas, Jose (December 7, 1998). "Profile: A TV Host in a Celebrity World: Putting Education in a Good Light; Her TV Program Meshes With Her Outlook and Her Upbringing". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-16. Her Saturday morning show, which spotlights California public education, points to Dina Ruiz Eastwood's down-to-earth background.... 
  5. ^ a b Rubin, Sylvia (1996-04-09). "She Makes His Day / Salinas anchorwoman Dina Ruiz gets used to role as Clint's wife". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d Wilbur, Brett (2007). "Dina Eastwood Prefers Substance Over Style". Carmel Magazine. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Ohlone Advances Class of 2007". Fremont Bulletin via Ohlone College. May 31, 2007. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-23. A graduate of Mission San Jose High School, she attended several colleges, beginning with Ohlone in 1983. 
  8. ^ a b "Ms. Dina Eastwood Honored Alumni at Ohlone Graduation" (Press release). Ohlone Office of College Relations via Tri-City Voice. May 29, 2007. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  9. ^ Wilbur, Brett (Spring–Summer 2012). "Leave It to Dina: 'Mrs. Eastwood & Co.' Debuts on E!". Carmel Magazine. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  10. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/11/clint-eastwood-wife-dina-eastwood-news-anchor-divorce/
  11. ^ a b "Dina Ruiz-Eastwood Returns To KSBW". KSBW-TV. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dina Eastwood anchors KSBW evening newscast. KSBW-TV. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Dina Eastwood files for divorce from Clint Eastwood". KSBW-TV. November 12, 2012. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  14. ^ "Dina Eastwood Back Anchoring the News". TMZ.com. November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Broadcasting and Journalism — Alumni Hot Shots". San Francisco State University. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved 2010-04-30. Dina Ruiz Eastwood: News anchor/TV host/stay-at-home mom 
  16. ^ Miller, Paul (November 20, 2009). "'They have it all' — including some amazing luck — From South Africa to Mission Ranch, courtesy of 'Invictus'". The Carmel Pine Cone. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  17. ^ "Dina Eastwood". The California Museum. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  18. ^ Susan Marg (2004). Las Vegas Weddings: A Brief History, Celebrity Gossip, Everything Elvis, and the Complete Chapel Guide. Harper & Brothers. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-06-072619-5. 
  19. ^ Helligar, Jeremy (January 13, 1997). "Passages". People. Archived from the original on October 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  20. ^ "Clint Eastwood's Wife Enters Rehab for Depression & Anxiety". TMZ.com. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  21. ^ "Clint Eastwood's Wife Files For Divorce". TMZ.com. October 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 

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