By Associated Press. Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for her very first film in and went on to star in six films Clint Eastwood, with who she had a well-publicized and tumultuous year relationship. According to Locke's death certificate obtained by Associated Press, she died on November 3 at her home in Los Angeles of a cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer. Although her death was promptly reported to authorities, it was not publicized until Thursday, nearly six weeks later. It's not clear why it took so long to come to light. Born Sandra Louise Smith in , Locke took on her stepfather's last name for her stage name and changed her first name to Sondra. She was raised in Tennessee, working in radio and acting in small-production plays before getting her big break in when she was cast opposite Alan Arkin in the 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Locke was best known for the six films she made with Clint Eastwood in the late s and early s, including The Gaunlet left. Locke was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role the film - a movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' novel and her very first feature film.
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She was the daughter of Raymond Smith, a military man stationed nearby, and Pauline Bayne. Smith departed the scene before Sondra's birth. In , her mother wed William B. Elkins, and together they had a son, Donald, in The short union ended in divorce.
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Sondra Locke was an actor, producer, director and talented singer. But it was her destiny to be linked forever with Clint Eastwood , whose partner she was from the mids to the late s. But the pair became trapped in one of the most notoriously toxic relationships in Hollywood history, an ugly, messy and abusive overlap of the personal and professional — a case of love gone sour and mentorship gone terribly wrong. Locke was already married when she met Eastwood — to a gay sculptor called Gordon Leigh Anderson , with whom she had a platonic relationship. She never divorced him and the marriage was still legal throughout her relationship with Eastwood, a fact which undoubtedly counted against her in their painful legal contest. She claimed she had been thrown out of her house by the man she thought was the love of her life. It could well be that Locke was the victim of macho mind games, and her case was an eerie echo of the critic Pauline Kael who was suckered into temporarily quitting her job at the New Yorker by Warren Beatty for a similarly unproductive production deal. And Locke was a serious-minded if underused director. Her fantasy-parable Ratboy produced by Eastwood was the subject of much critical bafflement, mockery and head-scratching, but it gained a certain cult status: the LA Times called it a fairytale with a cutting edge.