LOS ANGELES - Academy Award-nominated actress and director Sondra Locke has died from cancer at the age of 74.
Locke died on Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home from cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press.
Locke is probably best known for the six movies she made with her longtime boyfriend actor/director Clint Eastwood in the late 1970s and ‘80s, including “Sudden Impact,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “The Gauntlet,” and “Every Which Way But Loose.”
Actress Sondra Locke with partner actor/director Clint Eastwood at the 41st annual Cannes Film Festival in 1988. Photo: Jean-Claude Deutsch/Paris Match via Getty Images
Locke and Eastwood were together for 14 years, from 1975 until 1989.
She earned her Oscar nomination for her first movie, 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”
Born Sandra Louise Anderson on May 28, 1944, Locke was raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where she graduated from high school and attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied drama.
Farewell to Sondra Locke, who gave beautiful, complex performances in such films "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," "Willard," "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story." Locke showed her talent as a director in films like "Ratboy." An under-appreciated artist. pic.twitter.com/h6o5f0GmuX— Pop Culture Classics (@popcultclassics) December 14, 2018
Locke appeared in just three films in the past 18 years: 2000’s “Clean and Narrow, “The Prophet’s Game,” also in 2000 and co-starring Keith Carradine, and “Ray Meets Helen” in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was the executive producer on 2015’s “Knock Knock,” starring Keanu Reeves.
In May of 1988, Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke attend the premiere of his movie 'Bird,' a biography of jazz musician Charlie Parker. Photo: James Andanson/Sygma via Getty Images
RIP Sondra Locke.— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@andymannion77) December 13, 2018
A key fixture in my 70s/80s film memories because of her films with Clint Eastwood & I particularly liked her in the gently nostalgic Bronco Billy. pic.twitter.com/k1zvP68hC7
Oh, NO. This really hurts: #RIP Sondra Locke, a wonderful, luminous actress, Oscar-nominated for THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, unjustly blackballed in Hollywood for decades, gone too soon at 74. A fave of mine whom I always hoped would make a comeback. Her '97 memoir is a MUST. pic.twitter.com/AYhtexJq8t— Amelia Mangan (@AmeliaMangan) December 13, 2018
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