Sondra Locke, frequent co-star in Clint Eastwood films, dead at 74


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Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke has died.

Locke reportedly died on November 3rd, 2018, news that was not made public until over a month later, when Radar Online obtained her death certificate from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

In 1986, Locke made her directorial debut with Ratboy, a story about a boy who is half-rat and which was produced by Eastwood's production company Malpaso. It is not clear why it took almost six weeks to be reported.

However, her big break was when she starred alongside Clint Eastwood in the 1975 film The Outlaw Josey Wale.

Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke were professional and romantic partners for the next 13 years.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter", her first film.

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Sondra Locke in the 1980 film "Any Which Way You Can". According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death.

She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales", which he both directed and starred in. Radar notes that Locke had been battling cancer for over three years. For the role, she also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer.

In 1989, Locke filed a palimony lawsuit against Eastwood, after he locked her out of their house. At the time she alleged Eastwood had changed the locks on their home and taken all of her belongings.

After Warners rejected more than 30 pitches from Locke, she sued Eastwood for fraud, accusing him of sabotaging her career; the suit was settled for an undisclosed amount in 1999. In the film, she played opposite Alan Arkin, who played a deaf-mute man in the South. Locke played Mick Kelly, a teenager who has to give up her room for Locke's character, who tries to befriend her.

Locke is survived by her husband Gordon Anderson. She was also said to have gotten "her tubes tied" because Eastwood allegedly didn't want children, though she reportedly later discovered that he'd fathered two kids with another woman while they'd been together. A phone number listed in Anderson's name rang without being picked up.

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