Oscar nominee Sondra Locke dead at 74

Sondra Locke, an Oscar-nominated actress who starred in multiple films with Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood — and famously dated him for about 13 years — recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Radar Online reported that the 74-year-old star died on Nov. 3. She was reportedly laid to rest recently at the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Mortuary and is survived by her husband, actor Gordon Anderson.

According to her death certificate obtained from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, the cause of death was cardiac arrest, stemming from bone and breast cancer which she had been fighting for the past three years.

This wasn’t Locke’s first battle against cancer. She survived a bout with breast cancer in 1990 after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Eastwood’s girlfriend and co-star

Extra TV reported that Locke first emerged on the Hollywood scene in 1968 and immediately became a star when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her film debut role in that year’s “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.”

Locke first met Eastwood when they starred together in the classic film “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” which was released in 1976.

She went on to star alongside Eastwood in several other films, including “The Gauntlet” in 1977, “Every Which Way but Loose” in 1978, “Bronco Billy” in 1980, “Any Which Way You Can” in 1982 and “Sudden Impact” in 1983.

The pair also reportedly engaged in a tumultuous 13-year relationship during the 1970s and 1980s.

Litigious split

The Hollywood Reporter noted that, around the time of the pair’s breakup in the late 1980s, Locke had filed a palimony suit against Eastwood in 1989. Part of the settlement over that lawsuit included a three-year film development deal worth $1.5 million that Eastwood helped arrange between her and Warner Brothers.

However, nothing ever came of that deal — a result Locke thought was by design and purposeful — and Locke sued Eastwood again in 1995, this time for fraud and intentionally interfering in her career.

That suit was later settled for an unknown amount after Locke requested $2.5 million. Locke went on to make a few more movies and published a memoir titled “The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey” in 1997. In the book, she detailed her relationship with Eastwood as well as her first ordeal with cancer.

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While he hasn’t made a public statement, Eastwood has to be devastated to an extent over her death. Hopefully, Locke’s family and friends will feel peace now that she is no longer suffering from the ravages of cancer.

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