Sondra Locke, 74, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer.
Her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it Thursday. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to come to light.
Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood — whom she dated for 13 years — starting with the Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie "Sudden Impact" in 1983.
Born Sandra Louise Smith on May 28, 1944, she would later take on her stepfather's last name and the stage name Sondra. She grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 to be cast opposite leading man Alan Arkin in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."
She would win rave reviews for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both awards went to Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby."
She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales," which he both directed and starred in.
Her career would mirror his for the next several years. The pair's hit films also included the 1978 street-fighting and orangutan comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" and its 1980 sequel "Any Which Way You Can."
Locke also played singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 TV biopic. In 1989, Locke's charmed life came to an end as Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a home she thought had been a gift from Eastwood.
She sued Eastwood for palimony then later sued him for fraud saying a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996.
The following year she released her memoir, titled "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey," which also detailed the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first bout with breast cancer.
Locke married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967.
Evelyn Berezin, 93, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died Dec. 8 in Manhattan.
She learned that she had lymphoma several months ago but had chosen to forgo treatment, her family said.
In an age when computers were in their infancy and few women were involved in their development, Berezin designed the first true word processor; in 1969, she was also a founder and president of the Redactron Corp., a tech startup on Long Island that was the first company exclusively engaged in manufacturing and selling the revolutionary machines.
To secretaries, who constituted 6 percent of the American workforce then, Redactron word processors arrived in an office like a trunk of magic tricks, liberating users from the tyranny of having to retype pages marred by bad keystrokes and the monotony of copying pages for wider distribution. The machines were bulky, slow and noisy, but they could edit, delete and cut and paste text.
Berezin called her computer the Data Secretary. It was 40 inches high, the size of a small refrigerator, and had no screen for words to trickle across. Its keyboard and printer was an IBM Selectric typewriter with a rattling print head the size of a golf ball. The device had 13 semiconductor chips, some of which Berezin designed, and programmable logic to drive its word-processing functions.
Redactron was sold in 1976 to the Burroughs Corp., and Berezin joined the parent company as president of its Redactron division, a post she held until 1980. She then went on to careers in venture capital and consulting.
She held nine computer-related patents. Her Data Secretary is on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Fred Greenstein, 88, a leading scholar of the U.S. presidency who helped resurrect Dwight D. Eisenhower's political reputation and went on to analyze the leadership styles of 30 of the 44 individual presidents, died Dec. 3 at his home in Princeton, N.J.
A Princeton University politics professor from 1973 until his retirement in 2001, Dr. Greenstein specialized in political psychology, getting inside the heads of politicians, the adults who vote them into office, and grade-schoolers who, according to his research, are far more trustful of heads of state than their parents.
He spent the bulk of his career focused on presidents, having been inspired by Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal to explore their personalities and leadership styles. "Why, I wondered, was that politically gifted chief executive, whose first term had resulted in such dramatic achievements as the opening to China and detente with the Soviet Union, succumbing to what was plainly a self-inflicted political disaster?" he once recalled thinking.
Greenstein effectively spent the next two decades working out an answer, broadening his research to develop a systematic approach to evaluate each president's performance in office.
Taking advantage of newly declassified archival materials, including telephone transcripts and memo drafts, he initially focused on Eisenhower, the World War II hero whose two-term presidency from 1953 to 1961 was seldom given high marks.
While critics depicted Eisenhower as leaving important daily matters to Sherman Adams, his chief of staff, Greenstein's book "The Hidden-Hand Presidency" (1982) argued Eisenhower exerted almost Machiavellian control from behind the scenes.