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Born: May 28, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, director

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Actress Sondra Locke achieved critical acclaim with her debut performance in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" (1968), although it was as Clint Eastwood's leading lady in films such as "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978) and "Sudden Impact" (1983) that she would be far better remembered. After her breakout success in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," anticipated roles in major films failed to materialize, however, and Locke was initially seen in smaller projects like the exploitation drama "Cover Me Babe" (1970) and the cult-classic "Willard" (1971). Beyond the little seen shocker "A Reflection of Fear" (1973), Locke made guest star appearances on several television series throughout the first half of the decade. With her supporting role in Eastwood's seminal Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), the actress gained more exposure than ever before alongside the revered film's star, with who she became romantically involved during production. The couple continued working together, and Locke benefitted from exposure in more Eastwood features that included "The Gauntlet" (1977) and "Bronco Billy" (1980). Her film fortunes changed once again after the very bitter, very public and highly litigious breakup with...

Actress Sondra Locke achieved critical acclaim with her debut performance in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" (1968), although it was as Clint Eastwood's leading lady in films such as "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978) and "Sudden Impact" (1983) that she would be far better remembered. After her breakout success in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," anticipated roles in major films failed to materialize, however, and Locke was initially seen in smaller projects like the exploitation drama "Cover Me Babe" (1970) and the cult-classic "Willard" (1971). Beyond the little seen shocker "A Reflection of Fear" (1973), Locke made guest star appearances on several television series throughout the first half of the decade. With her supporting role in Eastwood's seminal Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), the actress gained more exposure than ever before alongside the revered film's star, with who she became romantically involved during production. The couple continued working together, and Locke benefitted from exposure in more Eastwood features that included "The Gauntlet" (1977) and "Bronco Billy" (1980). Her film fortunes changed once again after the very bitter, very public and highly litigious breakup with Eastwood in 1989, which found Locke suing the actor-director as well as Warner Bros. for palimony and a fraudulent deal to direct films, respectively. Despite the acrimony that followed the collapse of her famous relationship, Locke will be long remembered for her prominent roles in some of Eastwood's most beloved works.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Do Me a Favor (1997) Director
2.
  Death in Small Doses (1995) Director
3.
  Impulse (1990) Director
4.
  Ratboy (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Do Me a Favor (1997)
3.
 Death Game (1988) Jackson
4.
 Ratboy (1986) Nikki Morrison
5.
 Sudden Impact (1983) Jennifer Spencer
6.
 Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982) Rosemary Clooney
7.
 Bronco Billy (1980) Antoinette Lily
8.
 Any Which Way You Can (1980) Lynn Halsey-Taylor
9.
 Friendships, Secrets, and Lies (1979) Jessie Dunne
10.
 Every Which Way but Loose (1978) Lynn Halsey-Taylor
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Born and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee
1968:
Feature debut, "The Night Is A Lonely Hunter"
1973:
TV debut in pilot for anthology series, "ABC's Matinee Today"
1975:
First feature with Clint Eastwood, "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
1979:
TV-movie debut, "Friendships, Secrets and Lies"
1986:
Directing debut, "Ratboy"
1995:
TV-movie directing debut, "Death in Small Doses"
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Underwent double mastectomy when diagnosed with breast cancer
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Notes

In 1994, Locke filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Clint Eastwood claiming that Warner Bros. coaxed her into dropping an alimony suit against Eastwood in exchange for a development deal; Locke claimed that she had proposed some 30 projects which were all rejected. In 1996, the case came to trial. As the jury was deliberating, Eastwood agreed to settle out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.

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husband:
Gordon Anderson. Sculptor. Married in 1967; reportedly a homosexual.
companion:
Clint Eastwood. Actor. No longer together.

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"The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly" William Morrow

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