Rarely does an actor’s debut film manage to create Oscar waves, but veteran actress Sondra Locke is perhaps, an exception, both in talent and beauty. Her debut film, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” was nominated for all the prestigious award ceremonies in 1968. Although, she couldn’t actually clinch an award, the buzz generated was of such a magnitude that it refused to die throughout her career.
As a result, she became a part of a host of films, like “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, “Bronco Billy” and “Sudden Impact” to name a few. However, that’s not all. The 73 years old beauty refuses to sit still even today and has proved herself not only as an adept actress, but also as a director, singer and author. To know more about the enigma that is Sandra Locke and to learn how much is her net worth in 2018, keep reading this article.
Sondra Locke Early Life
Born on the 28th of May in 1944, Sondra Locke was named Sandra Louise Smith at birth by her parents- Raymond Smith and Pauline Bayne. Unfortunately, Sondra did not get the opportunity to experience the joys of familial bliss, as her parents went their separate ways even before she came into this world. Sondra suspected from a very young age about the possibility of being an illegitimate child, a doubt she even expressed in the autobiography she penned later in life titled “The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly- A Hollywood Journey”, which was released in 1997.
After her parents’ separation, Sondra’s mother married twice. First to William B. Elkins with whom she mothered Sondra’s step-brother, Donald and second to Alfred Locke with whom the family finally found stability. It is Alfred’s surname that Sondra grew up with in Shelbyville, Tennessee where she went on to complete her school education from the Shelbyville Senior High School and was even the class valedictorian.
Despite being a straight ‘A’ student, Sondra Locke dropped out of the Middle Tennessee State University without completing her Drama major. After that, she lived in Nashville for about 3 years working at odd jobs to support herself, all the while juggling with modelling before eventually being discovered via a cross country talent hunt in 1967. The rest as they say is history!
Sondra Locke has been largely unlucky in love. When her marriage to Gordon Leigh Anderson, a supposedly gay sculptor didn’t work out, she began a relationship with fellow actor, Clint Eastwood. However, the 14 year long live in relationship came to a rather ugly end when Sondra filed a cheating case against Clint. Allegedly, Clint had cheated her, both personally and professionally ensnaring her in a fraud working deal with Warner Bros.
The support garnered by Sondra’s case forced, both Clint and Warner Bros. to reach out to her for an out of court settlement. Sondra believes her legal battle against industry big wigs would prove to be an ideal inspiration for people to take up arms against any kind of oppression. Later, while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Sondra fell in love with her doctor, Scott Cunneen.
Sondra Locke Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1967, Sondra Locke was actively working in theatre when her life changed overnight. She got selected to play Mick Kelly in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”, a film that went on to woo critics and audiences alike, through a country-wide talent hunt. The unprecedented success of the film not only catapulted Sondra to international fame and recognition, but also made her a sought after actress in Hollywood. She went on to be a part of several films, like “Cover Me Babe”, “Willard” and “The Second Coming of Suzanne”.
This was the period when Sondra’s movie career was riding a high wave and she was often sought out for guest roles in a number of television shows, like “Cannon”, “Kung Fu” and “The F.B.I.” among others. Then came the year 1975, which is when she met Clint Eastwood, a man who was destined to shape, not only her career, but even her life, eventually leaving her with life altering lessons. It was in this year that Sondra landed a role in “The Outlaw Josey Wales”, a film in which Clint was the lead. The movie paved way for a long lived professional and personal relationship between Sondra and Clint Eastwood during the course of which the duo gave a number of blockbuster films, like “The Gauntlet”, “Every Which Way But Loose”, its sequel “Any Which Way You Can” and “Sudden Impact”.
All this while, Sondra Locke also nurtured her long-standing dream of becoming a singer and even went on to contribute to the soundtracks of many of her hit films. Further, by the year 1986, Sondra had donned the hat of a director and was at the helm of a diverse range of films, like “Ratboy”, “Impulse” and “Do Me a Favor”.
Presently, Sondra Locke is active as an executive producer and occasionally acts and directs as well.
Awards & Achievement
Although, Sandra Locke does not have any actual awards to her credit, her acting prowess can be adequately gauged by the fact that she was nominated for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Laurel Awards for her very first movie, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”.
Net Worth of Sondra Locke
The total estimated net worth of Sandra Locke is a considerable $12.5 million. Her acting career has been embellished with her critically as well as commercially lauded performances, which in turn has contributed immensely to her wealth.
Sondra Locke has, in fact, proved to be an epitome of courage and fortitude in the face of seemingly unsurmountable hurdles. She has inspired a generation of young actresses and even women at large with her “never say die” attitude.