Sondra Locke (Shelbyville28 may 1944) is an American actress, singer and film director.

She made her debut with the film The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Along with her then partner Clint Eastwood was to see them in the 20 years in a series of films starting with The Outlaw Josey Wales .


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Young years[Edit]Edit

Although her year of birth is often given as 1947,[1is Sondra Locke in reality born in 1944 under the full name Sondra Locke Anderson. [2she was the daughter of raymond Smith (a soldier) and Pauline Bayne Locke. Her parents were divorced before her birth.

Locke grew up in Shelbyville in the u.s. State of Tennessee. Her mother married shortly after Locke's birth with Alfred Taylor Locke (1922-2007), a construction worker.Locke has a half brother, Don.

Locke was one of the best students in her class at the Shelbyville Central High School. She went after high school to study at the Middle Tennessee State University, but dropped out after a year all in her study to go acting.


In 1968 took Locke participated in a talent show for a role in the film The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. To take part, she told the producers that she was 17 years old. She got the role, which made her known as an actress and earned an academy award nomination. Also, she was for the role was nominated for two Golden Globes.

Despite this initial success, it took several years for her acting career finally came off the ground. In the early 1970s, she appeared on several independent films including The Second Coming of Suzanne andWillard. She also had guest roles in television shows such as Barnaby Jones and Kung Fu .

Locke's career came when she got a role in gaining momentum in the film The Outlaw Josey Wales, along with Clint Eastwood. Along with Eastwood, she made a series of successful films including The Gauntlet andBronco Billy. In 1983 she played a revenge-hungry murderess in Sudden Impact; the most successful film in the Dirty Harryfilm series.

Locke also began to work on a career in addition to acting as a singer. So Which Waythey sang songs for the movies. In 1986 she made her debut as a Director with the film Ratboy. Later she directed the thrillerImpulse. Both films were financed by Eastwood.

Her film career took off after Impulse. They directed the television movie Death in Small Doses and the independent film Do Me A Favor. In 1999, nearly 13 years after her last film role, she appeared in two independent films. Subsequently they no longer worked in the film industry. Though her life served as inspiration for the film Our Very Own from 2005.

Personal life[Edit]Edit

Locke was almost her entire life friends with Gordon Anderson, a sculptor who they met in high school. In september 1967, she married him, despite that Anderson already had admitted to be openly homosexual .According to her autobiography she did this mainly because they hoped it would strengthen further their bond, and the marriage was purely symbolic. The two are still legally married, but live in the meantime apart from each other. [3]

Sondra Locke also had 14 year relationship with Clint Eastwood. They had a relationship on the set of The Outlaw Josey Wales and in 1976 went in together. [4the two went apart in 1989. [5about her life with Eastwood wrote Locke the memoir The Good, The Bad, and the Very Ugly.

In 1990 she underwent a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. [3during her treatment, Locke began a relationship with Dr. Scott Cunneen, the Chief of surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In 1996 they went in together. [6they broke up In 2000.


As an actress[Edit]Edit

As a Director[Edit]Edit

  • Ratboy (1986)
  • Impulse (1990)
  • Death in Small Doses (1995) (TV)
  • Do Me a Favor (1997) (direct-to-video)


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