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Sondra Locke is a Actor, Director and Executive Producer American born on 28 may 1944 at Shelbyville (USA)

Sondra Locke

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Birth name Sandra Louise Smith
Nationality USA
Birth 28 may 1944 at Shelbyville (USA)
Death 3 november 2018 (at 74 years)

Sondra Locke (born May 28, 1944 or 1947) is an American actress, singer and film director.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1968 for her performance in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She went on to appear in such films as Willard in 1971, and six films with then-partner Clint Eastwood between 1976 and 1983: The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can, and Sudden Impact.

She published her autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey, in 1997.


Locke married sculptor Gordon Anderson on September 25, 1967. Locke has stated in court papers that the marriage was never consummated and described her relationship with Anderson as "tantamount to sister and brother," although they remain legally married.

From 1975 until 1989, Locke cohabited with actor Clint Eastwood. In the late 1970s, Locke underwent two abortions and a tubal ligation. According to her autobiography, she decided to have the procedures because Eastwood insisted parenthood would not fit into their lifestyle. She later discovered Eastwood secretly fathered two children with another woman during the last three years of their relationship.

In 1989, Locke filed a palimony suit against Eastwood, after he changed the locks on their Bel-Air home and placed her possessions in storage while she was directing the film Impulse. The two parties reached a settlement in 1990, when Eastwood set up a film development/directing pact for Locke at Warner Bros. in exchange for dropping the suit.

In 1995, Locke sued Eastwood for fraud, alleging that he had compensated Warner Bros. to keep her out of work–the studio had rejected all of the 30 or more projects she proposed, and never assigned her to direct any of their in-house projects. According to Locke's attorney, Eastwood committed "the ultimate betrayal" by arranging the "bogus" film directing deal. In 1996, just minutes before a jury was to render a verdict in Locke's favor, Eastwood agreed to settle for an undisclosed amount. The outcome of the case, Locke said, sent a "loud and clear" message to Hollywood "that people cannot get away with whatever they want to just because they're powerful." The case is used in some modern law school contracts textbooks to illustrate the legal concept of good faith.

At the time of the victory, Locke had a separate pending action against Warner Bros. for allegedly harming her career by agreeing to the sham movie-directing deal that Eastwood had purportedly engineered. As had been the case with the previous lawsuit, this ended in an out-of-court settlement, in 1999.

Locke is a breast cancer survivor, having undergone a double mastectomy and chemotherapy in 1990. She had a long-term relationship with one of the surgeons who treated her.

In 2001, Locke purchased a six-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the southeastern Santa Monica Mountains.

Best films

Sudden Impact (1983)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Usually with

Fritz Manes
Fritz Manes
(6 films)
Joel Cox
Joel Cox
(6 films)
Bruce Surtees
Bruce Surtees
(3 films)
Bill McKinney
Bill McKinney
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sondra Locke (18 films)

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Boarding Gate, 1h45
Directed by Olivier Assayas
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Erotic thriller
Themes La mondialisation, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Carl Ng, Alex Descas, Joana Preiss, Sondra Locke
Rating51% 2.550342.550342.550342.550342.55034
After discussing his plans for retiring by selling on the shares in his security company to his debtors with his partner, André, aging underworld entrepreneur Miles Rennberg is paid a surprise visit at his Paris office by aggressive underworld moll Sandra. Brazenly taunting him with her sexuality, she bluntly dissects their prior relationship - a nightmarish web of masochism, money, manipulation and dependency, pimping her out to dangerous clients in order to gain both a business advantage and perverse personal thrills.
Ratboy (1986)
, 1h44
Directed by Sondra Locke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Crime
Actors Sondra Locke, Robert Townsend, Christopher Hewett, Bill Maher, Larry Hankin, Sydney Lassick
Roles Nikki Morrison
Rating38% 1.9208651.9208651.9208651.9208651.920865
A failed window dresser named Nikki (Sondra Locke) overhears of a mysterious Ratboy named Eugene (Sharon Baird, billed in the credits as "S. L. Baird") while dumpster diving at a dump. After finding and befriending him, Nikki makes several attempts at exploiting his uniqueness to the public. At the same time, Eugene wishes to avoid public attention. There is never any explanation for Ratboy's existence as a human/rat hybrid.
Sudden Impact, 1h53
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Films about dogs, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors Sondra Locke, Clint Eastwood, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Michael Currie, Jack Thibeau
Roles Jennifer Spencer
Rating65% 3.2994653.2994653.2994653.2994653.299465
Artist Jennifer Spencer and her sister are raped by a group of boys, after being betrayed by female friend Ray Parkins. The brutal rape leaves Jennifer's sister permanently catatonic. Ten years later, Spencer seeks revenge. She kills one of the rapists (George Wilburn) with two shots—one in the groin and one in the head—from a .38 snubnosed revolver. Spencer then leaves San Francisco because of the subsequent police investigation. Once relocated in the town of San Paulo, Spencer begins restoring its boardwalk's historic carousel near the beach where the rapes occurred.
Bronco Billy, 1h56
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Western
Themes Circus films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms
Roles Antoinette Lily
Rating61% 3.0517853.0517853.0517853.0517853.051785
"Bronco Billy's Wild West Show" is a rundown traveling circus, the star of which is Bronco Billy McCoy (Clint Eastwood), the "fastest gun in the West." For the show's finale, a blindfolded Bronco Billy shoots balloons around a female assistant on a revolving wooden disc, and for the last balloon, he throws a knife. However, the assistant's leg is nicked, so she quits. The show is not making any money, and nobody has been paid for months.
Any Which Way You Can, 1h56
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Films about apes, Musical films, Le boxe anglaise, Buddy films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Harry Guardino, William Smith
Roles Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Rating60% 3.047843.047843.047843.047843.04784
Two years after throwing his fight with Tank Murdock at the end of Every Which Way but Loose, Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) keeps fighting in underground bareknuckle boxing matches to make money on the side. Philo decides to retire when he realizes that he has started to enjoy the pain. Philo and his manager Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) decide to end his career. The problem is Jack Wilson (William Smith), a new breed of East Coast brawler who mixes martial arts with boxing. He is so effective at maiming his opponents that his handlers cannot book fights for him.
Every Which Way but Loose, 1h54
Directed by James Fargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Transport films, Motocyclette, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Films about apes, Musical films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Beverly D'Angelo, John Quade
Roles Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Rating62% 3.14863.14863.14863.14863.1486
Philo Beddoe is a truck driver living in the San Fernando Valley. He lives in a small house, with an orangutan named Clyde, behind that of his friend, Orville Boggs, and his mother. Philo makes money on the side as a bare-knuckle fighter; he is often compared to a legendary fighter named Tank Murdock.
The Shadow of Chikara, 1h54
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Western
Actors Betty Bronson, Joe Don Baker, Sondra Locke, Ford Sterling, Joy N. Houck, Jr., Louise Dresser
Roles Drusilla Wilcox
Rating54% 2.7042752.7042752.7042752.7042752.704275
Confederate veterans of the last battle of the Civil War set out to find a hidden treasure: diamonds hidden in a cave. However, the soldiers find they are being followed by a mysterious hunter (or hunters) who may have a connection to a mythic eagle spirit.
Death Game
Death Game (1977)
, 1h31
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Sondra Locke, Colleen Camp, Seymour Cassel
Roles Agatha Jackson
Rating56% 2.802652.802652.802652.802652.80265
George Manning opens his home to two rain-soaked yet angelic-looking young girls whose car has broken down. The girls appear helpless and not much older than his daughter. However, they soon lead George into a forty-eight hour nightmare of demonic mayhem and brutal murder. This motion picture is based on a true story.
The Gauntlet, 1h49
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, Carole Cook
Roles Gus Mally
Rating64% 3.200813.200813.200813.200813.20081
Ben Shockley, an alcoholic cop from Phoenix, is well on his way to becoming a down-and-out when he is given the task to escort witness Gus Mally from Las Vegas. His superior, Commissioner Blakelock says that it's a "nothing witness" for a "nothing trial." Mally protests that they are both set up to be killed in a hit, which a jaded Shockley doubts. Mally soon reveals herself to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and is in possession of incriminating information concerning a high figure in society.
The Outlaw Josey Wales, 2h15
Directed by Clint Eastwood, James Fargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, John Vernon, Bill McKinney, John Russell
Roles Laura Lee
Rating77% 3.8974153.8974153.8974153.8974153.897415
Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood), a Missouri farmer, is driven to revenge by the murder of his wife and young son by a band of pro-Union Jayhawker militants. The Union murderers were from Senator James H. Lane's Kansas Brigade, which included Captain Terrill.
A Reflection of Fear, 1h29
Directed by William A. Fraker
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Sally Kellerman, Signe Hasso, Sondra Locke, Mitch Ryan
Roles Marguerite
Rating58% 2.9066452.9066452.9066452.9066452.906645
The film is set in an alienated mansion in Eastern Canada that houses Marguerite, 15, the main protagonist, her mother Katherine and her maternal grandmother, Julia.
Willard (1971)
, 1h35
Directed by Daniel Mann
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films
Actors Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Dante, Sondra Locke, Joan Shawlee
Roles Joan Simms
Rating61% 3.098943.098943.098943.098943.09894
Willard is a meek social misfit who later develops a strange affinity for rats. He lives in a large Victorian home, with only his cranky and decrepit mother for company. On his 27th birthday, he is humiliated to come home to a birthday party thrown by his mother, where all of the attendees are her own aging friends. After having left the party in embarrassment, he notices a rat in his backyard and tosses it pieces of his birthday cake. Later, his mother gets upset with him for leaving the party and she scolds him later while also discussing how badly the house is falling apart. The next morning he goes out and feeds another rat (this one has babies with it) while imitating their squeaks. His mother starts telling him that he needs to kill the rats that have been running around their yard, which Willard refuses to do.
Cover Me Babe, 1h29
Directed by Noel Black
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Forster, Sondra Locke, Sam Waterston, Ken Kercheval, Michael Margotta, Susanne Benton
Roles Melisse
Rating45% 2.2510652.2510652.2510652.2510652.251065
Tony Hall is a film-school student who does not care to make conventional films. His first avant-garde effort features Melisse, who soon becomes Tony's lover and moves in with him.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, 2h3
Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Sign-language films, American Sign Language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Stacy Keach, Cicely Tyson, Chuck McCann, Biff McGuire
Roles Margaret "Mick" Kelly
Rating75% 3.7970953.7970953.7970953.7970953.797095
John Singer (Alan Arkin) is a deaf-mute who works as a silver engraver in a small southern town. His only friend is a mentally disabled mute, Antonapoulos (Chuck McCann), who continually gets into trouble with the law since he doesn't know any better. When Antonapoulos is committed to a mental institution by his family, Singer decides to move to a town near the institution in order to be near his friend. Singer finds work there and rents a room in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly (Biff McGuire and Laurinda Barrett), who are having financial difficulties as a result of Mr. Kelly's recent hip injury. Because the Kellys' teenage daughter, Mick (Sondra Locke), resents having to give up her room to him, Singer makes a few tentative efforts to win her friendship. Singer also tries to become friends with Blount (Stacy Keach), a semi-alcoholic drifter, and Dr. Copeland (Percy Rodriguez), an embittered segregationist African American who is secretly dying of lung cancer. Copeland's deepest disappointment is that his educated daughter, Portia (Cicely Tyson), works as a domestic and is married to a field hand.