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How Clint Eastwood’s relationship with Sondra Locke precipitated the end of his marriage to Maggie Johnson

This Sunday, April 14, 2024, Arte is offering a special Clint Eastwood evening with the broadcast of the brilliant A Perfect World at 9 p.m., followed by a documentary devoted to the last Hollywood legend, now 93 years old. The program returns in particular to the tumultuous relationship of the actor-director with the actress Sondra Locke.

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At 93, Clint Eastwood is Hollywood’s latest legend. Revealed in the 1960s by the camera of Sergio Leone, father of the spaghetti western, over the decades it has become one of the most influential American icons. Initially an actor, he then went behind the camera, delivering powerful works that let his complex personality shine through. An extraordinary journey that Arte retraces in its documentary Clint Eastwood, the last legend, broadcast this Sunday April 14, 2024 at 11:15 p.m. A program also available on Arte.tv.

The turbulent relationship between Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke

1976, Clint Eastwood made the western Josey Wales Outlaw, one of his 10 best films. On the set, he fell in love with the young actress Sondra Locke, who died in 2018. It was the start of a new love story for the cowboy. From then on, they shared the poster in five films: Showdown, Soft, Hard and Crazy, Bronco Billy, It’s Going to Hit and Inspector Harry Returns. But in life, the two lovers maintain a stormy and ambivalent relationship which will end in bitterness, with a series of legal battles which will continue to fuel the news… “Sondra Locke accuses Eastwood of having blocked him in her career as a director”, recalls the Arte documentary in particular. This story lasts 14 years and definitely focuses on the first marriage of Clint Eastwood (who was not always a faithful husband) to Maggie Johnson. Their divorce was definitively pronounced in 1984. From their union were born Kyle Eastwood, now a musician, and Alison Eastwood who starred with her father in The Mule, in 2018.

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The eventful private life of Clint Eastwood

Chaotic. This is the adjective that seems adequate to describe the sentimental journey of the American icon. Because during his very long life, Clint Eastwood had no less than eight children from six different women! However, he was only married twice. First with Maggie Johnson until 1984 and since 1996, with Dina Ruiz. The couple formed in 1992 after the latter, a journalist, interviewed Clint Eastwood to promote his new twilight masterpiece, Merciless, his last classic western. A meeting like in the movies…

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