Sandra Runnels

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Sandra Runnels is the ex-wife of late American Pro-Wrestler Dusty Rhodes who was better known as "The American Dream". Dusty was a professional wrestler for forty-three years and appeared in promotions like WWE, WCW, and Jim Crockett Promotions.

She married her teenage love, Dusty. Ever since her divorce with Dusty, she has been out of the limelight. Where is she now? What's her relationship status? Continue reading to find out the answers. 

Relationship with Dusty

Sandra met Dustin reportedly, when they were both quite young, both growing up in Texas. Sandra married Dusty when he was just 20 years old in 1965. The couple were married for ten years and divorced in 1975.

Their union wasn't as successful as his marriage with his second wife, Michelle Rubio (Runnels). The young couple, however, shared the responsibility of two beautiful children. 

Sandra's Children with Dusty 

Sandra's two children were her son Dustin Patrick Runnels and her daughter Kristin Runnels Ditto. Dustin was born on April 11, 1969, four years after their marriage. While her daughter Kristin was born in 1973 two years before their divorce.

Sandra's children with their step siblings
Snap: Sandra's kids Dustin and Kristin with Cody and Teil
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Her son Dustin walked in his father's footsteps as a professional wrestler and is known as "Goldust." Her daughter, however, would take a different path and is a former cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys.

After Divorce

Dusty married the second time to Michelle Rubio (Runnels). He met her in Tampa, Florida, when he was 30 years old, and Michelle was 19. The couple eventually started dating and dated for two years. They got married on August 17, 1978. Their reception was at a nightclub in Ybor City.

Dustin with second wife
Snap: Dustin with second wife, Michelle
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Dusty and Sandra haven't kids for the first five years of his second marriage. They had their first child, Teil Runnels and moved to Charlotte. The pair had their second child Cody Garrett Runnels on June 30, 1985.

Cody followed his father's footsteps and became a professional wrestler. He is better known as "Cody Rhodes" in his professional career. 

Net Worth

Sandra's net worth as of 2020 hasn't been made public. So, let's take a closer look at her late husband's net worth.

Dusty's net worth is estimated to be around $3 million at the time of his death. Dusty was a professional wrestler, writer for WWE, and made several appearances in movies and TV shows. A wrestler of his stature could have earned around $450,000 at his prime, according to online sources.

Dusty with two sons
Snap: Dustin with his two sons Dustin and Cody
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Dusty was also involved in making advertisements in the 80s. He made several advertisements for local car dealerships. These gigs could make him around $15,000 to $25,000 according to online sources.

Ex-Husband's Death

The father of Sandra's kids, Dusty, died on June 11, 2015. He was rushed to the hospital by paramedics after receiving a call that he had fallen.

The wrestler had been battling kidney problems in the later stages of his life. This problem would eventually be the cause of his demise. He died at the age of 69 in Orlando, Florida.

Sandra's son, Dustin, Where is he now?

Dustin, as mentioned above, followed in his father's footsteps and became a professional wrestler. He is a well-known wrestler with WWE for his appearances from 1995 to 2019 as "Goldust." The wrestler is currently involved in All Elite Wrestling as "Dustin Rhodes."

dustin on wwe
Snap: Dustin as "Goldust" in WWE show
Source: WWE

Dustin has been married three times, like Gunner Hegseth's father. His first marriage was to Terri Boatright from 1993 to 1999 and has a daughter with her. The second marriage was to Milena Martelloni from 2002 - 2003. His final marriage is to Ta rel Roche, who has been with him since June 22, 2012.

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