CLINT EASTWOOD: MAKE MY DAY
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He may outlive us all. Almost twelve pounds at birth, the son of an affluent San Francisco family would prove larger-than-life. 93 years chock full of adventure would determine that Clinton Eastwood prevail despite a rough start. He was held back a year in school then expelled from Piedmont High for writing an obscene message on a billboard and burning an effigy. There were odd jobs as clerk, caddy, hay baler, steel stoker and firefighter none of which stuck. He kept out of battle as a lifeguard during the Korean War by dating an officer’s daughter but was caught during an onboard tryst when their army plane crashed.
Eight seasons on tv in “Rawhide” would be his salvation and render Eastwood king of spaghetti westerns. 84 films about cowboys, crime, war, a romance and boxing would yield four Best Picture and Directing Oscars for ”Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby”. The movie mogul turned Mayor of Carmel, California in 1986. Time out to play jazz piano, pilot planes and father eight children with six women. There are plans to direct “Juror #2” what Clint calls his “final” film. No surprise if it is not his last.
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