For years it was rumoured that Clint Eastwood had fathered a secret eighth child before he was famous.
And on Monday, that child was finally revealed as 64-year-old Laurie Murray, whose mum gave her up for adoption without telling Clint she was pregnant.
Attending the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, The Mule, Laurie introduced herself as Laurie Eastwood, marking the first time she’s been publicly acknowledged as his daughter.
However, it’s now emerged that they first reconnected 30 years ago when Laurie started searching for her biological parents and discovered the Hollywood film star was named as her father.
Her mother – who had been in a serious relationship with Clint in Seattle whilst he was engaged to first wife Maggie Johnson – reportedly refused to see her.
But it was a different case for Clint, who has had children with six different women.
"Laurie had been really interested in finding out who her real parents were and hired someone to help her. When they found the paperwork, her biological mother had written down Clint Eastwood’s name," a source told the Daily Mail .
"I don’t think she had the best upbringing, certainly not privileged… It obviously came as a great shock to Laurie but I believe that Clint was extremely receptive to her and the situation."
However, the source adds that money wasn’t a motive for Laurie, whose husband Lowell Thomas Murray III comes from a prominent family in the affluent suburb of Lakewood, Washington.
As well as owning a property in Lakewood, they also have a home on a private gold course in LA and even owned a property in Maui, Hawaii, where Clint and his second wife Dina are said to have vacationed.
It’s certainly not the first time father and daughter – who share a love of golf – have been seen together.
In 2004 Laurie was pictured in the back of a limo en route to the Oscars with Dina and his mum Ruth Wood – who the former private school teacher is said to be incredibly close to.
Clint, 88, is also close to Laurie’s children Lowell Thomas IV, known as LT, and Kelsey, whose June 2016 wedding is believed to have been held at his ranch in Mission, California.
He also attended LT’s wedding in Washington State in 2012, with the nuptials said to have been held at the Tehama Golf Club in Carmel, which Clint owns.
And LT – whose a dead ringer for his uncle Scott Eastwood, 32, acknowledged their relationship, telling the website, "All I would say is that [Clint’s] been a great father to my mom, and always great to me and my family whenever we see him."
And his youngest child, Morgan Eastwood, 22, confirmed Laurie is indeed her sibling in a social media snap from a family reunion.
"SO RARE for all 8 Eastwood siblings to be in one room!!!’ she captioned the shot on Instagram.
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