Sondra Locke, former lover of Clint Eastwood, dies at 74

Actress Sondra Locke died of a cardiac arrest on Nov 3 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 74.
Actress Sondra Locke died of a cardiac arrest on Nov 3 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 74.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

NEW YORK (NYTimes) - Sondra Locke, an actress who received an Oscar nomination for her first film, died on Nov 3 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 74.

The cause was cardiac arrest caused by brain and bone cancer, according to The Associated Press, which cited a death certificate.

Locke was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first film, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, a 1968 drama.

She went on to star in several movies with Clint Eastwood in the 1970s and 1980s, including their first film together, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Sudden Impact, part of the Dirty Harry thriller series.

Their romance began on the set of their first film, and they lived together for more than a decade. After the couple split, Locke sued Eastwood twice, turning their breakup into a high-profile court battle in the 1990s.

In a 1997 autobiography that detailed their relationship, Locke wrote that her involvement with Eastwood ended up essentially derailing her career.

She dreamed of developing and directing films herself. In an interview with The Times, she said her professional entanglement with Eastwood made that goal difficult to attain. "You get into a rut being associated with Clint," she noted.

In 1986, Locke made her directorial debut in a film called Ratboy, which had a satirical edge. After many years off the screen, she starred in Ray Meets Helen, a movie released in the United States this year.