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Sondra Locke 05/28/1944-11/03/2018

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The death has been announced of the actress Sondra Locke, who is forever associated with long-time boyfriend Clint Eastwood, a relationship that complicated her life legally and professionally. When it ended she had a sham development deal at Warners supposedly orchestrated by Eastwood which yielded no work, a catastrophic situation sympathetically described by Patrick McGilligan in his biography of Eastwood. The ensuing lawsuits became ‘good faith’ case law precedents. As well as being a talented and charismatic actor she became a serious and distinctive director, most successfully with her debut, Ratboy (1986), then with Theresa Russell in the thriller Impulse (1990). May she rest in peace.

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2 responses to “Sondra Locke 05/28/1944-11/03/2018

  1. I just read this on twitter and it made me sad. Eastwood put her through hell – and being a strong woman – she recovered and lead her life albiet being banned from the industry because of him.

    • It was very costly for Pat McGilligan to cover the story in a way that was sympathetic to Locke. Eastwood sued the pants off him. She really did suffer, the poor woman. I wish she’d directed more.

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