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September 24, 2023

30 Gorgeous Photos of Sondra Locke in the 1960s and ’70s

Born 1944 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, American actress and director Sondra Locke performed in the theater company Circle Players Inc. while employed at WSM. In 1968, she made her film debut in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and earned dual Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress and New Star of the Year.

Locke went on to appear in such box office successes as Willard (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way but Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), and Sudden Impact (1983). She worked regularly with Clint Eastwood, who was her companion from 1975 to 1989 despite their marriages to other people. She also directed four films, notably Impulse (1990). She published an autobiography, The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey, in 1997.

Locke’s persona belied her age. She claimed to have been born several years later than 1944, habitually played roles written for women far younger than herself, and kept her true age a secret throughout her career. For reasons never made clear, her death was not publicly announced, and was only confirmed by vital statistics six weeks after she died of cardiac arrest at the age of 74.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of a young Sondra Locke in the 1960s and 1970s.


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