Friday, April 19, 2024

Clint Eastwood’s Marriage Breaks Up: That’s 2 A List Couples in 2 Days


Clint Eastwood’s 17 year marriage to Dina Ruiz is over after 17 years and one daughter. They’re the second A list Hollywood marriage to tank this week– following Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. Is a third couple lurking out there? Quite possibly. The Eastwoods were married in 1996.. They have a 16 year old daughter named Morgan.

Last year, Dina and Morgan and Clint’s daughter with Frances Fisher, Francesca, were all part of a reality TV show. This was so unlike Clint, and he didn’t want it. But he relented and regretted it. When I ran into him last winter he was dining with friends, no Dina in sight. He made it clear that the TV show wasn’t his idea, and that it was over.

Eastwood is now 83 years old. He will never retire. He’s currently shooting “Jersey Boys,” the movie based on the musical. During the marriage he’s directed “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Hereafter,” “Invictus,” the wonderful “Gran Torino,” “Flags of our Fathers,” and “Letters from Iwo Jima” (in Japanese!),  acted in “Trouble with the Curve.” He’s relentlessly productive and successful. There’s no one else like him. In the last 20 years he’s won Best Picture and Director twice in a combo, for “MDB” and “Unforgiven,” his masterwork. Maybe Dina thought he’d retire some day.

Around them, everyone knew the marriage was over some time ago. Still, it’s sad. Now if we get one more couple this week, it’s a trifecta, hat trick. Place your bets.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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