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  • Bronco Billy

  • The Gauntlet

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  • Impulse

  • A Reflection of Fear

  • The Clean and Narrow

  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

  • Death Game

  • The Second Coming of Suzanne

  • Any Which Way You Can

  • Every Which Way But Loose

  • Sudden Impact

  • Bronco Billy

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Sondra Locke Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Director
  • Born: May 28, 1947
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Filmgoers who have attributed the stardom of actress Sondra Locke to the "sponsorship" of her onetime soulmate [[Performer~P88601~Clint Eastwood~clinteastwood]] are suffering from the dreaded SMS, or Short Memory Syndrome. These worthies have forgotten that Locke was Oscar-nominated for her portrayal of a suicidal small-town girl in [[Feature~V21883~Heart is a Lonely Hunter~theheartisalonelyhunter]] (1968) while Eastwood was still grinding out spaghetti westerns. It is true that Locke's flagging screen career was regenerated by her appearance in Eastwood's [[Feature~V36888~The Outlaw Josey Wales~theoutlawjoseywales]]. It is also probable that she would not have been afforded the opportunity to play everything from supercilious heiresses ([[Feature~V177450~Broncho Billy~bronchobillyscapture]]) to foul-mouthed Federal witnesses (The Gauntlet) to vengeful murderers ([[Feature~V47559~Sudden Impact~suddenimpact]]) without Eastwood's support and encouragement. The acrimonious "palimony" suit that followed the breakup of Locke and Eastwood served only to perpetuate the myth that Locke was a blonde nonentity coasting on the reputation of her live-in lover. That such a notion is idiotic has been proven by Sondra Locke's artistic achievements as director of such low-profile theatrical features as [[Feature~V40353~Ratboy~ratboy]] (1990) and [[Feature~V24467~Impulse~impulse]] (1990) and such TVers as Death in Small Doses (1995). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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