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Sondra Locke

Sondra Locke

Birthday: 28 May 1944, Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA
Birth Name: Sondra Louise Smith
Height: 163 cm

Sondra Locke was born May 28, 1944 in Shelbyville, Tennessee, a quiet little town about 60 miles southeast of Nashville. She was the daughter of Raymond Smith, a military man stationed in the area, an ...Show more

Sondra Locke
I believe Clint knows who he is; he just doesn't LIKE who he is. I do believe that Clint loved me as Show more I believe Clint knows who he is; he just doesn't LIKE who he is. I do believe that Clint loved me as much as he is capable of love, and in the first 8 or so years together he really WANTED to be the man he knew I saw in him. I think he tried very hard, but eventually one's nature cannot change. Hide
[her reaction to finding out Clint Eastwood sired other women's children while still involved with h Show more [her reaction to finding out Clint Eastwood sired other women's children while still involved with her] I just thought, 'Oh my God!'. Either he changed from white to black or I had been living with somebody I didn't even know. Hide
[on directing Ratboy (1986)] There were many times when I said to myself, "why did I have to pick a Show more [on directing Ratboy (1986)] There were many times when I said to myself, "why did I have to pick a story like this?". If I wanted to direct, why not go out and find a Top Gun (1986) and make some money? You know, something sensible. I felt I had to go for it. For me, the story had the heart of a fairy tale and the head of a morality play. I had the sense of it owning me, in some way. It swept me off with it. Hide
A real marriage doesn't need those papers. But a real breakup does. A real marriage doesn't need those papers. But a real breakup does.
I really get livid when somebody calls me Sandra or Sandy. Actually, my parents named me Sondra rath Show more I really get livid when somebody calls me Sandra or Sandy. Actually, my parents named me Sondra rather than Sandra so that people would not call me Sandy. Almost everything has a contradiction through common usage. Names have associations. You know, people look at their names. Hide
I've had some great parts, it's just that you're always looking for something that will take you in Show more I've had some great parts, it's just that you're always looking for something that will take you in a different direction. People only see you in those boxes you've been most recently seen in. That way, they don't have to think or be creative. Hide
As an actor, if there's a good role you can take it for the role's sake and not worry about the fact Show more As an actor, if there's a good role you can take it for the role's sake and not worry about the fact that the whole story doesn't seem to work. The actor won't get the blame for it. You'll do a good job and they'll say, 'The story stinks, but Sondra Locke was good in the part of whatever.' I look on acting as a great vacation now. You work a few weeks, get paid a lot of money and everyone pampers and takes care of you. Hide
I have many flaws, not the least of which is thinking too much of the other person's feelings and no Show more I have many flaws, not the least of which is thinking too much of the other person's feelings and not enough of my own. Because of this, I try to please too much. I hate conflict and so I avoid it until it is almost too late and then I have the battle of a lifetime. I am a terrible worrier. I have to some degree overcome this one, because I learned that the things we worry about are rarely the things that actually happen. It's always something we never thought would or could happen - like what Clint did. Also, I had no breast cancer in my family so I didn't worry about that, and of course it did happen to me. Hide
[regarding suppression of her autobiography] I was shut out of most venues to promote the book, in p Show more [regarding suppression of her autobiography] I was shut out of most venues to promote the book, in particular the networks. Remember, Bob Daly (president of WB) had, at one time, run CBS. The influence was there. I was told by my publisher that Oprah Winfrey wanted me to come on her show. As it was being scheduled, I was suddenly canceled and Clint was set to appear on the show instead. At that time, and even rarely today, Clint had almost never appeared on such a talk show. The gay magazine The Advocate was set to do a big article on my book, which was a natural because of Gordon being gay. Suddenly Clint was giving them an interview and appearing on the cover and I was out ENTIRELY. Why could they not have run both pieces if indeed it was an innocent coincidence? Liz Smith, a very highly regarded and read New York columnist, wrote a supportive rave review about my book - and me - in her column. When her column appeared in the L.A. Times, the review and all references to my book were excised from it. The rest of her column was intact. Warner Brothers had some sort of association with L.A. Times. I was told at the time what the connection was, but have forgotten. Entertainment Weekly, a very well read entertainment magazine, also gave my book a rave review. It was pulled and a bad review appeared instead. I am fairly certain that Warner Brothers had some financial involvement with Entertainment Weekly - perhaps they even owned it, I can't recall. Hide
I think the reason actresses are taking a back seat to actors is that they're putting the wrong wome Show more I think the reason actresses are taking a back seat to actors is that they're putting the wrong women on screen. They seem to put a new fashion model in a starring role every year. And being simply pretty isn't enough. It's boring. Using models in place of actresses implies that women have nothing to contribute to the screen. Acting is a profession and a special talent is involved. Films have moved away from pretty boys to actors with interesting faces. It's time they did the same thing with actresses. Hide
I'll never have to work again. I don't know what I'm going to do. But I think I want to work. Clint Show more I'll never have to work again. I don't know what I'm going to do. But I think I want to work. Clint said, 'I will never settle. I will take you to the Supreme Court.' But I stuck with it. I battled against huge odds. I feel vindicated. Hide
I am a romantic. I want to cry when I throw out my Christmas tree, and I have a lot of feelings abou Show more I am a romantic. I want to cry when I throw out my Christmas tree, and I have a lot of feelings about magic and fantasy. I believe in elves and giants. I believe that fairy tales are nothing more than news reports of what once happened. Hide
Richard Schickel has made a living off writing puff pieces and documentary films about Clint. As I k Show more Richard Schickel has made a living off writing puff pieces and documentary films about Clint. As I know those times and that subject well, I know Schickel's books are full of misstatements and downright fabrication, not only about me but others. He glorifies, practically deifies, Clint. Hide
Everyone always wants to type you. With me, I started out as a vulnerable waif and for many years th Show more Everyone always wants to type you. With me, I started out as a vulnerable waif and for many years that's all anyone ever wanted me to play. Hide
In acting, you're subject to what everyone else does to you: the light someone else puts on you, the Show more In acting, you're subject to what everyone else does to you: the light someone else puts on you, the pace someone else sets for the scene, how someone else cuts you together, what they throw away and what they keep. Pretty soon you realize, 'This is great, but there must be something a little more.' Hide
Clint never really gave direction to the actors, certainly not to me. I was very much on my own. I a Show more Clint never really gave direction to the actors, certainly not to me. I was very much on my own. I always wondered how much better my performances might have been, had I had a director who really worked with me. Certainly Clint's method of printing the first or second take didn't give me time to find all the texture of the moment. Hide
[if a film were made about her life story] I honestly hope that it will not be made, because I fear Show more [if a film were made about her life story] I honestly hope that it will not be made, because I fear it could fall into hands that would turn it into something ordinary, like some awful movie for television. I haven't given thought to who might possibly make a good film of it. I think it's best left as a part of my book, although so many people say that it should be a film. Unfortunately Hollywood would probably only be interested in exploiting the Clint section of the book. Hide
My personality, or persona or whatever, is really more in line with directing. If I had seen more wo Show more My personality, or persona or whatever, is really more in line with directing. If I had seen more women's names on the credits when I was a child - you know, "directed by Gladys Hooper" - I think I might have drifted more in that direction. As an actor, you take on the role of the child. You follow orders, and people are there to take care of you and pamper you. As the director, you have to be the parent. Hide
People associate strength with masculinity. In this age of action movies specializing in masculine v Show more People associate strength with masculinity. In this age of action movies specializing in masculine virtues, it's very difficult for an actress to play a strong woman. In the old days, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis managed to be strong and feminine simultaneously. So did Irene Dunne. The best example of all, perhaps, was Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. They dominated the screen, but not the leading man. Actually, a strong woman adds to the masculinity of the man she is playing opposite. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy played powerful characters to their mutual advantage. Claudette Colbert didn't dominate Clark Gable in It Happened One Night (1934). Yet she played a very strong woman. You need a strong and talented man to begin with if you hope to maintain your femininity. But I think a good many leading men confuse masculinity and strength. They're insecure about women's roles that accentuate strength. Hide
[on Clint Eastwood] I discovered he was a liar and a cheat who was leading a double, no, a triple if Show more [on Clint Eastwood] I discovered he was a liar and a cheat who was leading a double, no, a triple if not a quadruple life, and who was terrified of being found out. Hide
Externals don't throw me. I'm like a turtle. If I don't like the going, I just pull my head in. Externals don't throw me. I'm like a turtle. If I don't like the going, I just pull my head in.
[1968] I'm very ambitious. I'm Mount Vesuvius - with a cork in my head. I'm ready to burst. But I'm Show more [1968] I'm very ambitious. I'm Mount Vesuvius - with a cork in my head. I'm ready to burst. But I'm not so anxious that I'll take the first opportunity that comes along. I'm going to wait for a golden part to come along before I take it. If not golden, at least silver. Hide
[1978] I'm not really very ambitious or very aggressive. I won't play politics or games to get roles Show more [1978] I'm not really very ambitious or very aggressive. I won't play politics or games to get roles. And so I really work very seldom. I think I've done ten pictures in the ten years that I've been in Hollywood. Actually, I don't mind not working, but I hate doing poor material, so I'd rather not work than do something I don't like. Hide
No matter how big actors get, they always somehow think, 'Today is it -- tomorrow everybody's going Show more No matter how big actors get, they always somehow think, 'Today is it -- tomorrow everybody's going to wake up and hate me.' Hide
I never felt at home in Tennessee. I felt I'd been parachuted out at the wrong spot somehow. I never felt at home in Tennessee. I felt I'd been parachuted out at the wrong spot somehow.
Success is just a drop in the bucket, a grain of sand on the beach. Success is just a drop in the bucket, a grain of sand on the beach.
[2013] I still get scripts sent to me, but nothing extraordinary enough to motivate me to try and ov Show more [2013] I still get scripts sent to me, but nothing extraordinary enough to motivate me to try and overcome all the obstacles to get the films made. And yet, I would say that today I feel unfinished professionally, both as actor and director. For many years I fantasized that a brave director would come along and offer me a role I couldn't refuse, a role that would be as wonderful as the one that began my career. And, even more so, I fantasized about the perfect little quirky script with money attached that I would want to direct. Of course, neither has happened. At first, I felt very displaced, as if I had lost my identity. I had worked making films my entire adult life. It was work that I loved. It was my work as well as my pleasure. I was not a person who had other hobbies. Eventually I came to find the peace and beauty in my everyday life - my home, my gardens, my pets - and was able to walk away. Hide
I am reconciled that I will probably not work again, but if I do it will be something 'meant to be'. I am reconciled that I will probably not work again, but if I do it will be something 'meant to be'.
Sondra Locke's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (11)
Sondra Locke Sondra Locke'S roles
Antoinette Lily
Antoinette Lily

Lynn Halsey-Taylor
Lynn Halsey-Taylor

Gus Mally
Gus Mally

Jennifer Spencer
Jennifer Spencer

Laura Lee
Laura Lee

Helen
Helen

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