Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her debut film appearance in 1968’s “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died. 74 years old when she died. According to a death certificate acquired by The Associated Press, Sondra Locke died on November 3, 2018, and the cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by breast and bone cancer, at her Los Angeles residence.
When it came to Locke’s filmography, she’s best known for her six films with Eastwood, a relationship that spanned 13 years and began with 1976’s “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and ended with 1983’s “Sudden Impact.”
Originally known as Sondra, Sandra Louise Smith (later changed her stage name to Sondra) was raised in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a few plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 and being cast opposite Alan Arkin as the lead in Carson McCullers’ 1940 novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”
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She’d garner critical acclaim and nominations for both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for the performance. (Rosemary’s Baby’s” Ruth Gordon won both honors.) When she met Eastwood on the set of “Josey Wales,” which he both directed and starred in, she had a string of forgettable film and television performances.
For the following few years, she would follow in his footsteps. “Every Which Way But Loose” and its sequel, “Any Which Way You Can,” were two of the pair’s most popular films. In addition to his work as a director and actor, Locke played Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 television biopic and directed the 1986 picture “Ratboy,” which was a critical and box office failure in the United States but a hit in Europe.
Locke’s charmed life ended in 1989 when Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. A house she thought was a gift from Eastwood had its locks changed and her belongings were left outside.
As a way to persuade her to withdraw the palimony claim, she sued Eastwood for fraud, saying she was duped into signing an agreement with him in order to have him drop the palimony complaint. A confidential settlement was reached during 1996 jury deliberations in the highly publicized litigation.
Her memoir, “The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey,” was released in the following year and chronicled the double mastectomy and chemotherapy she underwent after her first breast cancer diagnosis.
It’s an allusion to one of Eastwood’s films, which she told reporters at the time was “applicable to the story.” Locke stated, “I try to cover the good years as well as the bad and the ugly.” “Also, that in even the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot that will make you a better person.”
In 1967, Locke married Gordon Anderson, an actor. When she died, they were still legally married, and he was the one who filed for her death certificate. In 1997, she told the AP that they were just good friends. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily