Dina Marie Ruiz
July 11, 1965
|Alma mater||Mission San Jose High School|
San Francisco State University (1988)
(m. 1996; div. 2014)
Dina Marie Fisher (née Ruiz; born July 11, 1965), known professionally as Dina Eastwood is an American reporter, TV news anchor, and actress. She is the former wife of actor and film director Clint Eastwood.
Early life and education
Dina Marie Ruiz was born in Castro Valley, California, the daughter of Michael Ruiz, who had been adopted by a Portuguese/Puerto Rican couple as an infant, and Mary Lou Ruiz, who is of German, Irish and English descent. Michael and Mary were 19 and 21 years old when they had Dina. Michael Ruiz's biological mother, Lilian, was Hawaiian and Japanese and his biological father, Marcus Grant, was African American and Native Hawaiian. Dina grew up in Fremont, California, with her father teaching school in Fresno.
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. While a student at Ohlone, she anchored Newsline for Ohlone College Television. She briefly attended Arizona State University in Tempe, and in 1988, graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Communications.
In 1990, she was hired as a reporter for KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Arizona, and eventually became news anchor. About a year later, she was hired at KSBW in the Monterey-Salinas, California market as a news anchor. She retired in 1997. She met Clint Eastwood when she interviewed him for a newscast.
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.
Beginning February 8, 2011, announced as Dina Ruiz-Eastwood, and billed on-air as Dina Eastwood, she "guest-anchored for KSBW" the 5 p.m. newscast with weeknight anchor Dan Green. She returned to anchor the 5 p.m newscast for two weeks starting November 11, 2013.
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.
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.
- Divorce papers filed October 22, 2013 reprinted in "Dina Eastwood Divorce Petition" (PDF). RadarOnline. Los Angeles. October 22, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 29, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
Eastwood, Dina Marie
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Her Saturday morning show, which spotlights California public education, points to Dina Ruiz Eastwood's down-to-earth background....
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A graduate of Mission San Jose High School, she attended several colleges, beginning with Ohlone in 1983.
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Dina Ruiz Eastwood: News anchor/TV host/stay-at-home mom
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- Minutaglio, Rose (July 4, 2016). "Clint Eastwood's Ex-Wife Dina Marries Fiancé Scott Fisher in California". People.