Sondra Locke Wiki, Sondra Locke Bio
Sondra Locke Wiki: Sandra Louise Anderson May 28, 1944, to November 3, 2018, is a professionally known as Sondra Locke, was an American actress and director. She made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which Sondra Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Sondra Locke went on to star in such films as Willard, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Gauntlet, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy, Any Which Way You Can and Sudden Impact. She had worked with Clint Eastwood, who was her companion for over 13 years. Her autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey, was published in 1997.
Sondra Locke Early life
Sandra Louise Smith was born on May 28, 1944, to New York City native Raymond Smith, then serving in the military, and Pauline Bayne, a pencil factory worker from Huntsville, Alabama. Her parents separated before her birth. In her autobiography, Sondra Locke noted that “although Momma would not admit it, I knew Mr. Smith never married my mother” She has a maternal half-brother, Donald (b. April 26, 1946) from Bayne’s subsequent brief marriage to William B. Elkins. When Bayne married Alfred Locke in 1948, Sondra Locke and Donald adopted his surname. She grew up in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where her stepfather owned a construction company.
Sondra Locke was a cheerleader and class valedictorian in junior high. She attended Shelbyville Central Senior High School, where she was again valedictorian and voted “Duchess of Studiousness” by classmates, graduating in 1962. Sondra Locke then enrolled at (but did not graduate from) Middle Tennessee State University, majoring in Drama. Later, Sondra Locke worked in the promotions department for WSM-TV in Nashville when she lived there for approximately three years and modelled for The Tennessean fashion page. Sondra Locke changed the spelling of her first name in her early 20s to avoid being called Sandy.
Sondra Locke Personal life and Death Cause
Sondra Locke married sculptor Gordon Leigh Anderson on September 25, 1967. She has stated in court papers that the marriage was never consummated and described her relationship with Anderson (reportedly a homosexual) as “tantamount to sister and brother.” According to Sondra Locke, her husband is “more like a sister to me.”
Sondra Locke is a breast cancer survivor, having undergone a double mastectomy and chemotherapy in 1990. During treatment, she began dating one of her surgeons, Scott Cunneen. Cunneen is 17 years younger than Locke. He moved in with her in 1991. In 2001, Sondra Locke purchased a six-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills.
Sondra Locke died on November 3, 2018, from cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancers. Sondra Locke was buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary.