Born In: Shelbyville, Tennessee
Sondra Locke, born Sandra Louise Smith, was an American actress and director. She was best known for her roles opposite Clint Eastwood in hit movies, including ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales,’ ‘The Gauntlet,’ ‘Every Which Way But Loose,’ among others. Born and raised in Tennessee, US, she made her film debut with Warner Bros. ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,’ which won her Academy Award nomination. Before commencing her film career, she had married (reportedly gay) sculptor Gordon Anderson, but the marriage was not consummated. She first appeared opposite Clint Eastwood in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ and they proved a popular onscreen pair with a number of successful films together. In personal life, too, the two had a live-in relationship. Locke later turned towards direction and helmed several films, such as ‘Ratboy,’ ‘Impulse,’ ‘Trading Favors.’ Her relationship with Eastwood ended bitterly with Locke filing Palimony and fraud cases against him.
Also Known As: Sandra Louise Sondra Anderson, Sandra Louise Smith
Died At Age: 74
Spouse/Ex-: Gordon Anderson (m. 1967)
Partner: Clint Eastwood (1975–1989)
Born Country: United States
place of death: Los Angeles
Cause of Death: Breast Cancer
U.S. State: Tennessee
Sondra Locke was born on May 28, 1944, in Shelbyville, Tennessee, to Raymond Smith, a military man and Pauline Bayne, a pencil factory worker from Huntsville, Alabama. Her parents had already separated before her birth. She has a half-brother, Donald (from her mother’s brief marriage to W. B. Elkins). Later her mother married a local construction company owner, Alfred Locke, and the two siblings adapted his name.
Locke studied at ‘Shelbyville Central Senior High School.’ She was a class valedictorian during her junior and senior high years; she was also a cheerleader in her school. When she graduated in 1962, her classmates voted her the ‘Duchess of Studiousness.’
She joined the ‘Middle Tennessee State University’ to study drama, but did not complete her graduation. She performed in several stage productions for ‘Circle Players, Inc.’ where she met sculptor Gordon Anderson, and they became close friends.
Locke moved to Nashville, where she lived for nearly 3 years and worked for ‘WSM-TV’ and also did modeling for the fashion page of ‘The Tennessean.’
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