Sondra Locke

Sondra Locke (born May 28, 1947) is an American actress, singer and film director.

She made her film debut in 1968 in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Sondra Locke was born and raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Her parents are Alfred and Pauline Locke. She has one older brother, Don. Locke was the valedictorian of the Shelbyville Central High School class of 1962. She attended Middle Tennessee State University for a year, before dropping out to pursue an acting career.
Locke won a nationwide talent search for the 1968 film The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, in which she played a lonely teenager who develops a bond with a deaf-mute man (played by Alan Arkin). Locke was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as two Golden Globe Awards, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Most Promising Newcomer. Despite her early success, it took several years before her career took off again. In the early 1970s, she appeared in a number of independent films such as Willard and guest starred on television shows, including Barnaby Jones and Kung Fu.

Locke got a career boost in 1976 when she played a pioneer woman opposite Clint Eastwood in the western classic The Outlaw Josey Wales. With Eastwood as her leading man, Locke went on to star in a number of blockbuster hits. Her notable film roles include playing a foul-mouthed prostitute in the action film The Gauntlet and a spoiled heiress in offbeat Bronco Billy. She played a country singer in the comedy Every Which Way But Loose, which was the second-highest grossing film of 1978. She reprised her role in the sequel, Any Which Way You Can. She starred as a revenge-seeking murderess in Sudden Impact, which became the most successful of the film Dirty Harry franchise.

Locke has recorded several songs, including some for the Which Way films. At one point, she was trying to get a record contract. Locke made her directing debut in 1986 with the comedy Ratboy later directed the thriller Impulse in 1990. Both films were produced by Clint Eastwood. After that, she directed and continued to work, but her projects were few and far between. She directed the made-for-television movie Death in Small Doses and the independent film Do Me A Favor. She also appeared in the independent films The Prophet's Game and Clean and Narrow, both in 1999. Locke hasn't worked in the film industry since then. She was the inspiration for the 2005 film Our Very Own, which focuses on five southern teenagers from her native hometown who celebrate Locke's success.

Sondra Locke

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