Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood’s Past Love, Leaves a Hollywood Legacy

Sondra Locke passed away at the age of 74 years old on November 3, 2018. The actress was the former partner of Academy Award-winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood.

Based on her death certificate, Locke succumbed to cardiac arrest which was a result of bone and breast cancer.

Born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith, Locke grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee. She altered her name to “Sondra” in her late 20s.

In 1967, she bagged the role of a teenager, Mick Kelly, on a nation-wide talent search to star in the screenplay adaptation of “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” the novel by Carson McCullers.

The svelte and charismatic actress starred alongside Academy Award Best Supporting Actor, Alan Arkin.

Because of her acting prowess, Locke obtained an Academy Award – Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination for her first movie that was released in 1968.

In addition, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and a Most Promising Newcomer recognition.

As a director, the Alabama-born actress was behind “Ratboy,” “Impulse,” “Death in Small Doses,” and “Do Me a Favor” which featured Hollywood star, Rosanna Arquette.



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Locke’s prominence was highlighted by her controversial relationship with fellow showbiz personality and the famous Eastwood.

They started dating while the movie, “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” was being made. In the film, she portrayed as Eastwood’s love interest.



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Locke and Eastwood worked together in movies like “Bronco Billy,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “The Gauntlet,” “Sudden Impact,” and “Any Which Way You Can.”

From 1975 to 1989, Locke and Eastwood lived as a couple. Their tumultuous relationship lasted for more than a decade.

Locke is interred at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles.



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