CLINT EASTWOOD (1930 – )
The ninety-three year-old director/actor (as of May 2023), has impregnated at least nine women; the six who have confirmed having his babies, plus actress Sondra Locke, Anita Lhoest and Jane Cameron Agee, whose terminated pregnancies have been documented. Beginning in 1959, Clint was involved in a relationship with Roxanne Tunis, a regular extra/stuntwoman on the Rawhide TV series at that time. Their daughter Kimber Eastwood was born in 1964 as Kimber Tunis. Following her birth, Eastwood asked then wife Maggie Eastwood for a divorce. Within a few weeks, however, Maggie fell very ill with hepatitis and required hospitalization. The couple reconciled, agreeing that it would be best if Maggie turned a blind eye to his existing families, (you see Eastwood also had a child in 1954 from a different affair). Maggie was finally introduced to Roxanne by a crew member on the set of Breezy in 1973. The Eastwood/Tunis affair dissolved in the mid-seventies, around the time he and actress Sondra Locke got together.
Clint’s known children are: Laurie Murray (born 1954), her mother remains unidentified. Kimber Eastwood was born in 1964, her mother the aforementioned Roxanne Tunis. It would take Clint until 1997 and the making of Absolute Power to finally acknowledge Kimber’s existence! He gave her a small part in the picture (under her full name Kimber Eastwood), which was awfully nice of him, albeit a little late in the day. Then there were Maggie’s offspring – Kyle (born in 1968) and Alison (1972). Next came Scott Eastwood (born 1986) and Kathryn Eastwood (1988), birthed by stewardess Jacelyn Reeves. No father is listed on either of their birth certificates.
Francesca Eastwood entered this world in 1993, (mother, the actress Frances Fisher), followed by Morgan Eastwood (1996), courtesy of Clint’s second wife, Dina Eastwood. She was a former local television news anchor/reporter from Salinas, California who met our hero when she was assigned to interview him in April 1993. The two did not actually start dating right away since good old Clint’s current partner, Frances Fisher, was expecting his baby. In February 1994, he and Dina made their first public appearance together at a golf tournament. Frances was quietly dropped by Clint.
Clint with Sondra Locke
When he was just nineteen, Clint gained unwanted attention from a twenty-three year –old schoolteacher who proceeded to stalk him after a one-night stand and threatened to kill herself. Fortunately, unlike three of his former leading ladies (Inger Stevens, Jean Seberg and Elizabeth Hartman), she did not carry out her threat. His long-term relationship with actress Sondra Locke, saw them co-star in six movies together – The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980) and Sudden Impact (1983). Curiously, the entire time Clint and Sondra lived together, she was legally married to gay sculptor Gordon Anderson. She wrote an autobiography on her troubled relationship with Eastwood, which she titled ‘The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly.’ She would pass away in 2018. Clint had long since moved on to others.
Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg & Clint
Clint Eastwood hailed from San Francisco where he entered this world on May 31, 1930, the son of a comfortable, middle-class family in Piedmont. After landing uncredited bit parts in a few B – films (including Tarantula in 1955), he got his first break playing Rowdy Yates in the fifties TV western series Rawhide. But it was as ‘The Man with No Name’ in Sergio Leone’s trilogy of spaghetti westerns that started him on his big-screen career. At the age of thirty-seven he blossomed overnight into a sought after movie star. With starring roles in Where Eagles Dare (1968) and the musical Paint Your Wagon (1969), he was well and truly on his way. On the set of Paint Your Wagon he was soon romantically involved with his married co-star Jean Seberg, but suddenly ended their relationship without explanation when he took up with a woman in the crew back in Los Angeles while shooting interiors.
The 1970s were good to him. Dirty Harry (1971) was the first of five films as Inspector Harry Callahan, and was followed by his directorial debut film Play Misty for Me that same year. A string of commercially successful westerns would follow. While making Where Eagles Dare back in ’68, he had developed a fondness for British pubs and beer, resulting in him opening the Hog’s Breath Inn with co-founders Paul Lippman and Walter Becker in 1972. According to Paul, ‘I had to terminate three pretty good waitresses in the first few months of operation; not just because they went to bed with Clint Eastwood, but because they either talked about it all over the premises, or came in the next day acting like they owned the place.’ The restaurant closed in 1999 and has since re-opened under new management.
Clint climbs The Totem Pole in Monument Valley
It may surprise readers to learn that Clint has always been allergic to horses. Whenever he was required to ride one in a film, he would first have to sniff medication into his nose and lungs. On the set of Bronco Billy (1980) it left him constantly miserable. Similarly, he does not allow pets in his house because of his allergy to animal hair. Incidentally, he concedes that he developed his movie voice by listening to audio recordings of, of all people, Marilyn Monroe! He said he had noticed her breathy whisper and thought it was very sexy. Since it had worked so well for her, he decided to do a male version of it himself. In 1975, he learned to mountain climb for his role in The Eiger Sanction. Eastwood was the last climber up The Totem Pole in Monument Valley and, as part of the contract, the movie crew removed the pitons left by decades of other climbers. The scene in which he is hanging off the mountain by a single rope was actually Eastwood, and not a stuntman.
As a director, Clint commences scenes with the order, ‘OK’, and refuses to say ‘Action’ or ‘Cut’. Although he can be often seen smoking in his movies, off the screen he is a lifelong non-smoker. He has always claimed that the trait he most despises in people is racism. He cannot abide it. Even though his movies often involve violence, he personally detests it and has carefully shown the horrific consequences of violence in his films. Over the decades he has endeared himself to the studios he has directed for by bringing his movies in well under budget, sometimes even millions of dollars under. Offered the role of James Bond in the 1973 feature Live and Let Die, he turned it down, saying that Bond should always be played by an English actor. Odd reasoning, given that 007 has already been portrayed by a Scot (Sean Connery), a Welshman (Timothy Dalton), An Irishman (Pierce Brosnan), and an Australian (George Lazenby).