Oscar Actors: Locke, Sondra (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter) Dies at 74

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, died November 3 at 74.

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, and was buried at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a lengthy, contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn.

She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. She also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer.

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