Sandra Louise Anderson (née Smith; May 28, 1944 – November 3, 2018), professionally known as Sondra Locke, was an American actress and director.She made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Sondra Locke was born May 28, 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith, probably in Madison, Alabama. She was the daughter of Raymond Smith, a military man stationed nearby, and Pauline Bayne. Smith departed the scene before Sondra's birth. In 1945, her mother wed William B. Elkins, and together they had a son, Donald, in 1946.
Dec 14, 2018 · Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'' and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood,...
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Sondra Locke was born May 28, 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith, probably in Madison, Alabama. She was the daughter of Raymond Smith, a military man stationed nearby, and Pauline Bayne. Smith departed the scene before Sondra's birth. In 1945, her mother wed William B. Elkins, and they had a son, Donald, in 1946. The short union ended in divorce. In 1948, Bayne remarried Alfred Locke, who bestowed his surname on Pauline's children and raised the family in Shelbyville, Tennessee, a tiny town 60 miles southeast of Nashville. Sondra's stepfather was a carpenter; her mother worked in a pencil factory. Locke later said, \\"My childhood felt as if I had been dropped off at an extended summer camp for which I was waiting to be picked up.\\" She loved to read, and her happiest moments were weekend visits to the local movie theater.
Locke was a cheerleader in junior high and graduated valedictorian of her eighth grade class. At Shelbyville Central High School, the \\"classroom was the one place where I felt like I had a chance to prove myself and I continued to excel. I felt safe there and I liked it.\\" Her best friend was classmate Gordon Anderson, a fey young man, who shared many of Sondra's fanciful hopes about the future and made home movies with his Super 8 camera.
When Gordon attended Middle Tennessee State University (in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles from Nashville) in 1962, Sondra enrolled there, too. But after her freshman year, Sondra had a blowup with her mother, left home, and did not return to college. Instead, she worked in Nashville as a promotions assistant for WSM-TV, with occasional modeling and voiceover work. She also began acting in community theater as a member of Circle Players Inc. Along the way she dated George Crook, a cameraman from WSM, and Tom Grissom, head of the station's public relations department. Meanwhile, Gordon revealed to her that he was homosexual. He went off to Manhattan to study acting and, for a while, had a lover there. He was talented but unfocused about his theater craft and eventually returned to Tennessee. Because of their spiritual kinship, she and Gordon decided to wed. The couple were married at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville on September 25, 1967. Reputedly, the marriage was never consummated. For half of the 1970s, the Andersons resided at West Hollywood's Andalusia condominium complex whilst seeing other people. Sondra was linked with Bruce Davison, her costar from \\"Willard,\\" and Bo Hopkins, who appeared with her in a teleplay called Gondola (1974). In June 1975, her personal and professional fortunes shifted when Warner Bros. offered her the part of Clint Eastwood's romantic interest in The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). It was a minor role, but Locke hoped Eastwood's popularity would provide exposure to revitalize her career. In early October 1975, the pair fell hard for each other on location in Page, Arizona. \\"We were almost living together from the very first days of the film,\\" Locke remembered. Eastwood confided he'd never been in love before and wrote a poem for his new girlfriend: \\"She made me monogamous.\\" This serially philandering megastar was 14 years her senior and a foot taller than she.
If Gordon was unable to launch his own acting career, he had no such problems igniting Sondra's. He learned that Warner Bros. was holding a nationwide search for an actress in the screen adaptation of Carson McCullers' novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). He helped Locke research the part of Mick, a teenage waif in a southern town who befriends a suicidal deaf-mute (Alan Arkin) boarding at the house where she lives. For the Birmingham audition, Gordon bleached her eyebrows, bound her bosom and fixed her hair, makeup and outfit so that she would impress casting agents. The ploy worked, and, after several callbacks, Locke -- who lied about her age to seem younger -- was hired. The movie was released in the summer of 1968, earned positive reviews from critics, and Locke was Oscar-nominated.
Next, Locke moved to Los Angeles, with Gordon in tow. She hoped to parlay her Academy Award nomination into further movie roles. But the big-eyed, petite, wiry blonde found it difficult to win suitable parts, instead accepting lesser projects, notably Willard (1971), a film about marauding rats. Cover Me Babe (1970), A Reflection of Fear (1972) and The Second Coming of Suzanne (1974) faded into obscurity. In \\"Suzanne\\" Locke played a Christ figure with torrid love scenes with Paul Sand. She had better luck with television: the anthology program Night Gallery (1970) and dramatic series including The F.B.I. (1965), Cannon (1971), Kung Fu (1972) and Barnaby Jones (1973).
\\"Josey Wales\\" was indeed a hit; Locke sparked a flurry of interest among male viewers as virtually nonspeaking eye candy. Yet she stopped pursuing film roles to assume wifely duties and acted exclusively in Eastwood-controlled projects, with one nondescript exception (The Shadow of Chikara (1977)). (Death Game (1977) was actually shot in 1974.) They re-teamed for his actioner The Gauntlet (1977), slapstick adventure-comedy Every Which Way but Loose (1978), its sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980), the quirky western satire Bronco Billy (1980) and the fourth, darkest, most ambitious \\"Dirty Harry\\" vehicle, Sudden Impact (1983). All were stellar box office hits that cemented them as the industry's most visible couple. \\"Clint wanted me to work only with him,\\" she said. \\"He didn't like the idea of me being away from him.\\"
Over the next few years, Locke had two abortions during her relationship with Eastwood. In 1979, she had her tubes tied. She and Eastwood settled into a $1.1 million, seven-bedroom 1931 Spanish-style Bel-Air mansion, which she renovated and decorated, and which she believed would be hers forever. She continued to spend platonic time with Gordon, whom she never divorced. Gordon moved in and out of gay relationships, and sometimes he and a boyfriend would socialize with Locke and Eastwood.
In 1982, Locke worked apart from Eastwood in Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982). (Rosemary Clooney personally asked Locke to star in the CBS biopic on the strength of her performance in \\"Bronco Billy.\\") She later made an appearance on Britain's Tales of the Unexpected (1979) serial. For the most part, however, she found herself sitting on the sidelines waiting for Eastwood to cast her in something.
The relationship crashed on December 29, 1988 at their mountain retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho. After a screaming match, Eastwood suggested Locke return to Los Angeles without him. She scarcely saw Eastwood after that, and their mutual friends shunned her. As she admitted later, \\"In my head I guess I knew it was over, but in my heart Clint and I were still not severed.\\" On April 10, 1989, while she was directing a new police procedural, Impulse (1990), Eastwood had the locks changed on their Bel-Air home. He also ordered her possessions to be boxed and put in storage. A letter addressed to \\"Mrs. Gordon Anderson,\\" ordering her not to come home, was delivered to Gordon's doorstep. When Gordon telephoned Locke on the set and read her the letter, she fainted in front of the cast and crew.
On April 26, 1989, Sondra filed a palimony lawsuit against her domestic partner of 14 years. Her brazenness in suing Eastwood shocked Tinseltown and titillated the public. Her action sought equal division of the property she and Eastwood had acquired during their relationship, including the Bel-Air home they had shared and the Crescent Heights (West Hollywood) place Eastwood had purchased in 1982. In the fall of 1990, the case was privately settled, and Locke received $450,000, the Crescent Heights property, and a $1.5 million multiyear development-directing pact at Warner Bros. She was happy to end the hassle: she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, undergone a double mastectomy, and endured chemotherapy.
Locke died on November 3, 2018 at age 74 from cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, although it was not announced until December. The six-week delay raised a lot of eyebrows, since it came opening day of Eastwood's The Mule (2018). Locke's remains were cremated at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary and the ashes entrusted to her husband of 51 years. Rosanna Arquette, Frances Fisher and Evan Rachel Wood were among the celebrities who paid tribute. Despite the acrimony that followed the collapse of her famous relationship, Locke will be long remembered for her prominent roles in some of Eastwood's most beloved works -- and as a pioneer for the rights of independent working women.
Actress Sondra Locke, who was Clint Eastwood ‘s girlfriend for more than 13 years, has died. She was 74. Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in The Heart is a...
Dec 18, 2018 · Sondra Locke died on Nov. 3, 2018, of cardiac arrest as a result of both breast and bone cancer. She was 74 years old. As news of Locke's passing broke, her relationship with Hollywood legend Clint...
Sondra Locke and Clint Eastwood during Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke Sighting at Spago's Restaurant in Hollywood - January 22, 1988 at Spago's... American actress Sondra Locke in a publicity still for Robert Ellis Miller’s 1968 drama, 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter'.
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Dec 14, 2018 · Sondra Locke Early life Sandra Louise Smith was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, United States. Her parents were New York City native Raymond Smith, then serving in the military, and Pauline Bayne, a pencil factory worker from Huntsville, Alabama. Her parents separated before her birth.
Dec 14, 2018 · CLINT Eastwood forced his former girlfriend Sondra Locke to have two abortions while constantly cheating on her, it has been claimed. The recently deceased actress met the Hollywood actor in 1972...
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