November 29, 2022

Louise Fletcher, the Oscar-winning actress greatest recognized for her function as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has died at age 88. Her household introduced her dying to Deadline, saying she died in her sleep at her house in Montdurausse, France.

Born on July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, Fletcher obtained her begin by showing in Fifties tv Westerns like Lawman and Maverick. In 1959, she married movie producer Jerry Bick, who she remained with till 1977. The couple had two kids, and he or she took 11 years off from appearing to boost them. In 1974, she appeared in Robert Altman’s crime drama Thieves Like Us, the place she caught the eye of director Miloš Forman.

Forman then solid her in his upcoming movie adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, ending an extended seek for an actress who may go toe-to-toe along with his star, Jack Nicholson. As Nurse Ratched, Fletcher portrayed the chilly, tyrannical head nurse at a psychological establishment the place Nicholson’s Randle McMurphy feigns madness to keep away from being despatched to jail. Fletcher received an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe for her efficiency, turning into solely the third girl to take house all three accolades for a single efficiency. In her Oscars acceptance speech, she used signal language, a nod to her mother and father, who have been deaf.

Fletcher starred in a lot of movies, together with Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Low-cost Detective, The Girl in Crimson, and Blue Metal, within the years following Cuckoo’s Nest, although none of them have been as profitable as her 1975 breakout. She discovered extra memorable roles in tv, the place she had a recurring function from 1993 to 1999 as Bajoran non secular chief Kai Winn Adami in Star Trek: Deep Area 9 and acquired Emmy nominations for her visitor appearances on Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia. In 2011 and 2012, she had a recurring function on Shameless, the place she performed Frank Gallagher’s (William H. Macy) hard-living mom. Her last function was a two-episode look on Netflix’s 2017 collection Girlboss. 

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