SONDRA LOCKE Biography - Actors and Actresses


Biography » actors and actresses » sondra locke


Name: Sondra Locke                                                                 
Born: 28 May 1947                                                                   
Sondra Locke, actress and director (born May 28, 1947 in Shelbyville, Tennessee,   
USA), made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter with Alan         
Arkin, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting       
Actress. She then went on to co-star regularly with Clint Eastwood in his films,   
The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy,       
Sudden Impact, and The Outlaw Josey Wales.                                         
Sondra Locke began a romantic relationship with Clint Eastwood during the           
filming of Josey Wales. They lived together for 12 years. Her autobiography The     
Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly includes a harrowing account of her years with     
Eastwood. When their relationship ended in 1988, Locke brought suit against         
Eastwood. Their settlement included a financial payment and a contract between     
Ms. Locke and Warner Bros, Inc. for US$1.5 million in compensation for her         
directing services.                                                                 
She was given a "pay or play" directing deal, but the studio never produced her     
proposed films nor hired her to direct. Locke hired famed entertainment attorney   
Neil Papiano, and filed suit again, this time against Warner Bros., alleging       
that the company never intended to make any films with her, and that Eastwood       
compensated Warner Bros. for the contract. In 1999, she settled out of court       
with Warner Bros. and Eastwood for a reportedly large, undisclosed amount           
and left Hollywood.                                                                 
Locke is a breast cancer survivor.                                                 
Sondra Locke was the valedictorian of the Shelbyville Central High School class     
of 1965.