What did Dina Eastwood do before she married Clint Eastwood?
—Rose Swanson, Dover, Del.
Dina, 47, is a former TV news anchor who began her career in college, anchoring “Newsline” for Ohlone College Television, then majoring in radio and television at San Francisco State University. After graduation, she worked as a reporter and news anchor at KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff, Ariz., before moving to KSBW in the Monterey/Salinas, Calif., market as a news anchor.
It was there in 1993 that she [as Dina Ruiz] was assigned an interview with Clint Eastwood. The couple married three years later.
Following the birth of their daughter Morgan in 1996, she retired from her anchor job. Since then, the Castro Valley, Calif.-born Dina has appeared as a reporter in two of her husband’s films, True Crime and Blood Work, and was co-host of the updated Candid Camera series.
More recently, while in South Africa with Clint for the filming of Invictus, she discovered Overtone, a six-man vocal group. Inspired by their talent, she relocated the sextet to her home in Carmel, Calif., and has been mentoring and managing them ever since.
To help launch Overtone’s career, Dina devised the idea of a reality TV series. She approached E! and Mrs. Eastwood & Company was born—but not without some reservations on the part of Clint. “He is not doing cartwheels over it. He’d rather that I play golf with him more. But he’s excited to see the success of the band,” she says.