Dina Ruiz Eastwood!
Dina Eastwood began starring in a reality television series on the E! network about her life called Mrs. Eastwood & Company in May of 2012. The show focuses on the lives of Dina, wife of actor/director Clint Eastwood, and their daughters, Francesca and Morgan. Mrs. Eastwood manages the six-person a cappella group Overtone, who also live with the Eastwoods in their Carmel-by-the-Sea, California mansion. The season finale aired on July 23rd.
Television news anchor Dina Ruiz* was assigned an interview with Clint Eastwood in 1993. Three years later, the couple married in a surprise private ceremony planned by the groom. Following the birth of the couple’s daughter, Morgan, in 1996, Dina left her anchor spot at KSBW-TV.
While in South Africa with her husband for the filming of Invictus, Dina discovered Overtone. The group sang the soundtrack for the 2009 film. Dina was so impressed by their talent and potential that she relocated the entire sextet to California and has been managing them ever since.
In the Spring 2007 issue of Carmel Magazine, Dina spoke about growing up multiracial. –
” I was the darkest kid at my elementary school. I used to get called ‘nigger’ in grade school. I had a real problem with my looks until I was about 20. Now everyone is mixed. It’s no big deal. My dad is black and Japanese. And my mom’s Irish, German and English.”
|LEFT: Dina’s dad, Michael
RIGHT: Dina’s mom, Mary Lou
* Although Dina’s family name is Hispanic, she is not Hispanic at all. Dina’s father was adopted by a Portuguese American / Puerto Rican family named Ruiz.
* E! Online, “Mrs. Eastwood & Company“.
* Dina Eastwood, Twitter.
* Carmel Magazine, “The Simple Things: Dina Eastwood Prefers Substance Over Style“, Spring 2007.