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

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 1996, file photo, Sondra Locke leaves court in Burbank, California, after the opening statements in a civil case against her ex-boyfriend, Clint Eastwood. (Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES – Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of a cardiac arrest, a result of breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate, obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were immediately notified of the time, but her death was not known to RadarOnline first reported Thursday. It is not clear why it took almost six weeks to come to light.

Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood, who she dated for 13 years — starting with the Western “The Outlaw Josey Wales” in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie “Sudden Impact” in 1983.

Born Sandra Louise Smith — they would later take on a stepfather’s last name and take on the stage name, Judith — Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays from winning a national talent competition in 1967 to be cast opposite the leading man, Alan Arkin in the film adaptation of Carson McCullers’ 1940 novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”

She would win raves for the role, along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both prizes went to Ruth Gordon for “Rosemary’s Baby.”

They had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of “Josey Wales,” which he directed and starred in.

Sondra Locke and Clint Eastwood six movies together. They settled a lot of publicity lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during the jury deliberations in 1996. (Associated Press)

Her career would mirror in the coming years. The pair’s hit films also recorded in 1978, street-fighting, and the orangutan comedy “Every Way But Loose” and its 1980 sequel “any Which Way You Can.”

John also played singer Rosemary Clooney in 1982 in a TV biopic, and founded in 1986 film “Ratboy,” which flopped in the U.S., but was popular with the critics in Europe.

In 1989, John charmed life came to an end Eastwood broke up with her, she wrote later. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a house that she thought was a gift from Eastwood.

She sued Eastwood for palimony later indicted for fraud on the say of a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the infamous lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during the jury deliberations in 1996.

The following year she released her memoirs, entitled ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Hollywood Journey”, which is also in detail the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first battle with breast cancer.

She told the AP at the time the title is played back on one of Eastwood’s movies, is “applicable to the story.”

“I try to cover the good years, as well as the bad, and the ugly,” Locke said. “Also, that even in the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot, that makes you a better person.”

Locke was married to actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death. They described their relationship to the AP in 1997 as just good friends. A phone number listed in Anderson’s name went without being picked up.

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