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Sondra Locke Biography, Wiki, Husband, Cause of Death, Partner (Clint Eastwood)

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Sondra Locke Bio

Sandra Louise Anderson professionally known as Sondra Locke was born on 28th May 1944 and died on 3rd November 2018. She was an American actress and director. Sondra 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. She went on to star in such films as Willard, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can and Sudden Impact. She had worked with Clint Eastwood, who was her companion for over 13 years. In 1992, Her autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey was published.

Sondra Locke Birthday

She was born on 28th May 1944 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, U.S.
Sondra Locke Died She died on 3rd November 2018 (aged 74) in Los AngelesCalifornia, U.S.
Nationality American
  • Actress
  • singer
  • director
  • author
Years active 1968–1999, 2017
Sondra Locke Spouse(s)
Gordon Anderson (m. 1967)
Sondra Locke Partner(s) Clint Eastwood (1975–1989)


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. In her autobiography, Locke noted that “although Momma would not admit it, I knew Mr. Smith never married my mother.” She has a maternal half-brother, Donald (born on 26th April 1946) from Bayne’s subsequent brief marriage to William B. Elkins. When Bayne married Alfred Locke in 1948, Sandra and Donald adopted his surname. She grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where her stepfather owned a construction company.

While studying s a junior high, Locke was a cheerleader and class valedictorian. She went to school at Shelbyville Central Senior High School, where she was again valedictorian and voted “Duchess of Studiousness” by classmates, graduating in 1962. She then enrolled at (but did not graduate from) Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Drama. Locke, later on, worked in the promotions department for WSM-TV in Nashville when she lived there for approximately three years and modeled for The Tennessean fashion page. She changed the spelling of her first name in her early 20s to avoid being called Sandy.

Sondra Locke Husband

Locke married sculptor Gordon Leigh Anderson on September 25, 1967. She has stated in court papers that the marriage was never consummated and described her relationship with Anderson (reportedly a homosexual) as “tantamount to sister and brother.” As per Locke, her husband was like a sister to her.

Sondra Locke Partner, Clint Eastwood

From 1975 to 1989, Locke cohabited with actor Clint Eastwood. They had initially met in 1972 but started dating while filming The Outlaw Josey Wales. In the late 1970s, Locke had two abortions. “I’d feel sorry for any child that had me for a mother,” she told syndicated columnist Dick Kleiner in 1969. After the second abortion, she underwent a tubal ligation, stating in her autobiography that her decision to have the procedures was due to Eastwood’s adamancy that parenthood would not fit into their lifestyle. Eastwood secretly fathered another woman’s two children during the last three years of their relationship.

Locke filed a palimony suit against Eastwood in 1989, after he changed the locks on their Bel-Air home and moved her possessions into storage while she was on the Impulse set. Following a year-long legal battle, the parties reached a settlement wherein Eastwood set up a film development/directing pact for Locke at Warner Bros. in exchange for dropping the suit. In 1995, Locke sued Eastwood again for fraud alleging the deal with Warner was a sham—the studio had rejected all of the 30 or more projects she proposed and never used her as a director. According to Locke’s attorney Peggy Garrity, Eastwood committed “the ultimate betrayal” by arranging the “bogus” deal as a way to keep her out of work. Locke settled the case with Eastwood out of court for an undisclosed amount of money. The outcome of the case, Locke said, sent a “loud and clear” message to Hollywood, “that people cannot get away with whatever they want to just because they’re powerful.”

Locke brought a separate action against Warner Bros. for allegedly conspiring with Eastwood to sabotage her directorial career. As had happened with the previous lawsuit, this ended in an out-of-court settlement, in 1999. The agreement with Warner Bros., Locke said, was “a happy ending” after “five years of torture.” “I feel elated. This has been the best day in a long, long time,” Locke said outside the courthouse. The case is used in some modern law-school contract textbooks to illustrate the legal concept of good faith.

Sondra Locke Breast Cancer

Locke was a breast cancer survivor, having undergone a double mastectomy and chemotherapy in 1990. During treatment, she began dating one of her surgeons, Scott Cunneen. Cunneen is 17 years younger than Locke. He moved in with her in 1991. In 2001, Locke purchased a six-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills.

Sondra Locke Cause of Death

Locke died on 3rd November 2018, from cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancers. She was buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary.


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