American actress and filmmaker Sondra Locke was born Sandra Louise Smith. She was most recognized for her work with Clint Eastwood in successful movies, including ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ ‘The Gauntlet,’ ‘Every Which Way But Loose,’ among others.
She made her acting debut with Warner Bros. after being born and reared in Tennessee.
Sondra Locke Cause of Death
Actress and director SONDRA LOCKE, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work with Clint Eastwood, has passed away at the age of 74.
A death certificate acquired by The Associated Press indicates that Locke died of heart arrest brought on by breast and bone cancer at her residence in Los Angeles. The actress’ death went unpublicized for nearly six weeks until Radar Online reported.
Locke received an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her breakthrough performance in the 1968 film adaption of Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
Before being cast in Clint Eastwood’s 1976 Western The Outlaw Josey Wales, Locke made appearances in films like 1971’s Willard and TV series like Kung Fu and Barnaby Jones.
Was Sondra Locke Married?
Sondra Locke tied the knot with sculptor Gordon Leigh Anderson (who is rumored to be gay) on September 25, 1967, although their union was more of a nontraditional statement of their deep friendship. A 13-year live-in romance with Clint Eastwood followed.
It was Eastwood who influenced her to have two abortions in the 1970s and a tubal ligation in the 1980s, she said in her book ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey,’ released in 1997. (He fathered two kids by another mistress in the 1980s).
In 1989, he changed the locks on their Bel-Air house and removed all of her belongings. Locke sued him for alimony and won a contract to create and direct movies with Warner Bros. after a year of litigation.
Later in 1999, she sued Warner Bros. for fraud, claiming that she had been duped out of money because she was never utilized as a director and all 30 of her suggested ideas were turned down. and the case was tried in 1996. However, she opted to settle the matter “out of court” for a confidential sum.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, prompting a double mastectomy and subsequent treatment. Locke dated her surgeon, Scott Cunneen, 17 years her junior beginning in 1991, and the two eventually moved in together. The couple split up afterward.
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