Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated in 1968 for her first movie role, "The Heart is a Lone Hunter" and was nominated for six films with Clint Eastwood, died 74.
Locked died on November 3 Cardiac arrest caused by breast and bone cancer in their residence in Los Angeles in 2018, according to a death certificate received from The Associated Press The authorities were notified immediately but their deaths were not reported until RadarOnline reported it for the first time on Thursday.
It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks for her death to come to light.
Locke was best known for the six films she shot with Eastwood – with whom she had teamed for 13 years – beginning with the western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie "Sudden Impact" in 1983
Born Sandra Louise Smith – she would later adopt the surname of a stepfather and adopt the stage name Sondra – Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked on a radio station and played in a handful of plays before she won nationwide Talent Search in 1967 against leading man Alan Arkin in the film adaptation of Carson McCuller's novel "The Heart Is A Lone Hunter" (19659003). She would be raves for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar (both awards went to Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby.")
She had a number of memorable film and TV roles, until she met Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales," where he directed and starred.
Your career would be the same for the next few years. The couple's most successful films also included the 1978 street fighting and orangutan comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" (1980), their sequel to 1980 ("Every Which Way You Can").
Locke also starred singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 television biopic and directed 1986's Ratboy, which flopped in the US but was popular with critics in Europe.
In 1989, Locke's charmed life ended when Eastwood broke away from her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her belongings were placed outside a house that she thought was a gift from Eastwood.
She sued Eastwood for Palimony, later suing him for fraud. He said a film development contract he had arranged for them was a farce to get them to drop the Palimony suit. The public complaint was settled during the deliberations of the jury in 1996 for an undisclosed amount.
The following year she published her memoir entitled "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey," which also described the double mastectomy and chemo in her first fight with breast cancer.
She told the AP at the time that the title, a piece in one of Eastwood's films, was "true to the story."
"I try to capture both the good years and the bad and the ugly." Locke said. "Also, even in the worst ugly things, sometimes there can be a lot that makes you a better person."
Locke married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married. She died and he was the person who reported her death. She described her relationship with the AP in 1997 as good friends. A telephone number in Anderson's name rang without being picked up.