Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher, who famously played Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, passes away aged 88 at her home in France
Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died at the age of 88.
She famously played Nurse Ratched in the Miloš Forman-directed film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), co-starring Jack Nicholson, which is considered by many to be among the greatest films ever made.
RIP: Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died at the age of 88 at her home in Montdurausse, France, according to Deadline; the actress is seen in January 2012
Fletcher is the second of four children born to the Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher and his wife Estelle, who were both deaf and worked with the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
The Birmingham, Alabama native, who was taught to speak by a hearing aunt, would go on to show an interest in the art of acting as a youngster.
Eventually, she made her professional debut in 1958, scoring four different guest roles on television in Flight, Playhouse 90, Bat Masterson and Yancy Derringer.
Fletcher would go on to make her film debut in A Gathering of Eagles in 1963, that starred Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, Mary Peach and Barry Sullivan.
Iconic: Fletcher famously played Nurse Ratched in the Miloš Forman-directed film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), which also starred Jack Nicholson
Bonafide hit: The psychological comedy drama was a critical and box office hit, sweeping the Oscars the following year, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress and Best Screenplay out of nine nominations
It would take 11 years until she landed her next movie role, which came in the crime drama Thieves Like Us, co-starring Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen and Tom Skerritt.
Her performance in the Robert Altman-directed Thieves Like Us helped her draw the attention of Miloš Forman, and eventually land the role of Nurse Ratched in One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
The psychological comedy drama was a critical and box office hit, sweeping the year’s Oscars by winning the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress and Best Screenplay out of nine nominations.
Monumental: Fletcher, who grew up with deaf parents, famously accepted her Best Actress Oscar for One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by using sign language
During her acceptance speech for her Best Actress win, Fletcher famously used sign language, which is still considered one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Academy Awards.
She worked consistently through the years in both film and television. In Fact, many fans know her best for her recurring role as the Bajoran religious leader Kai Winn Adami in the hit series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999).
Fletcher was married to film producer Jerry Bick from 1959 until their divorce in 1977. She is survived by sons John and Andrew Bick; granddaughter Emilee Kaya Bick; sister Roberta Ray and brother-in-law Edward Ray; and 10 nieces and nephews, according to Deadline.
Another breakthrough: Many fans also know Fletcher for her recurring role as the Bajoran religious leader Kai Winn Adami in the hit series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)
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