Dina Eastwood is an American reporter, TV news anchor and an actress. She was formerly known as Dina Marie Ruiz. Dina was born on July 11, 1965, in Castro Valley, California, USA. She is the daughter of Michael Ruiz and Mary Lou Ruiz. Her father was adopted as an infant by a Puerto Rican couple; his biological mother, Lillian was Hawaiian and Japanese and his biological father, Marcus Grand, was African American and Native Hawaiian. Dina’s mother has English, Irish and German ancestry. Dina grew up in Fremont California where her father taught a school in Fresno.
Dina is a successful career woman and a mother. She was once married to Clift Eastwood, a legendary Hollywood icon. Together they have one child. However, she had to go through a divorce and all the challenges that come with it and eventually became a divorcee.
Although Dina had to quit her marriage of many years, she did not allow that sadness to overwhelm her. Instead, she moved on with her career and along the way she found love again. She is now happily married and still going strong in her career and family.
Dina Eastwood – school and work
Dina attended high school at Mission San Jose and she later went to Ohlone College in her hometown. This is where she also started working as the news anchor for Ohlone College Television. After working there for some time, she left Ohlone and went to Arizona State University in Temple. In the year 1988, she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Communication from San Francisco State University.
Dina was hired as a reporter by the commercial television station, KNAZ-TV licensed to Flagstaff, Arizona, in the USA, two years after her graduation. It is also in this same place that she later become a news anchor. A year after Dina started working with the dual NBC/ABC-affiliated television station, KSBW licensed to the Monterey-Salinas, as a news anchor. She later retired in 1997.
She also hosted a show known as A Quest for Excellence which was produced by the California Teachers Association. The show featured school administrators, teachers, and students and it involved the challenges they go through every day. The show aired on different Bay Area stations.
This woman is super talented and along with being a television personality and newscaster, she is also a talented actress. She has been featured in several films such as Blood Work in 2002 and The Forger in 2012 among others.
Dina Eastwood marriage
Dina Eastwood was married to Clint Eastwood whom she met when she interviewed him in a newscast. Four years later, they tied the knot on March 31, 1996. Dina had found love and she was ready to settle down with him despite the fact that she was older than her parents and the 35-year age difference between them. Clint was marrying her after divorcing his first wife, Margaret Johnson whom they had married from 1953 to 1984.
Dina and Clint Eastwood were blessed with one daughter, Morgan Eastwood. She is the eighth child of Clift but the only child of Dina. Morgan Eastwood was born in 1996 and celebrates her birthday on December 12. Morgan does not have much interest in pursuing a career in acting like her parents. In fact, the only time she has appeared in films is when she was a child and in her father’s movies. She also featured in Mrs. Eastwood & Company, a reality show alongside her mother and siblings.
Dina and Clift were not enjoying their marriage as the public perceived. Dina even went to rehab due to anxiety and depression. In August 2013, she also disclosed that she and her husband were not living together for a very long time and that is why she filed for divorce and had to deal with all the challenges a divorce comes with. She had also filed to the child custody but this did not materialize as Morgan turned 18 before the legal proceedings were finalized.
Dina finally got divorced and went back to the job. She found love again and in July 2016, she got married to Scott Fisher, a basketball coach. She and Scott had been friends for three years before they decided to get married in California.
Why did Dina and Clift Eastwood marriage end?
The news about Clift and Dina separation became public knowledge in August 2013. However, they had actually been living apart for some time before finally Dina gave up and filed for divorce. After 18 years of marriage, Clift and his young wife Dina were officially divorced.
All along, their marriage union was beautiful until when Dina’s work on the show Mrs. Eastwood and Company began. Soon after, things in their marriage turned sour.
Clint Eastwood is a private and he likes to keep his family away from the public eye. However, this show completely changed everything when he featured in with Dina, his daughters Morgan and Francesca. Furthermore, he also made some uncomfortable appearance on the show as well. By June 2012, the marriage could not be resolved and the two were living separately.
It is during the same time when Dina’s friend, Scott Fisher, a basketball coach was finalizing his divorce process with his wife, Erica Tomlinson-Fisher. Due to marital pressures, Dina found a crying shoulder in Scott to give her comfort and as they say it the rest is history.
Dina Eastwood net worth
Dina is a very successful career woman and she started her career back in 1990. She has worked as a news anchor for several broadcasting channels. This job did not just make her a celebrity; it also earned her some good wealth. Currently, her wealth is estimated to be about more than $20 million. This indeed is quite a fortune.