Louise Fletcher, who earned an Academy Award for her mesmerising portrayal of the vicious Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and set a new bar for on-screen villains, passed away on September 23 at the age of 88.
Louise Fletcher Dies At 88
At the age of 88, Louise Fletcher passed away. The Oscar-winning actress passed away at her home in Montdurausse, France, of natural causes, her family confirmed in a report.
She is best recognised for her role as Nurse Ratched in the 1975 Jack Nicholson and Milos Forman film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She had already won the 1976 Academy Award for best actress in a leading role.
Over the course of her acting career, Louise appeared in various television shows and movies. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, she played the Bajoran cleric Kai Winn Adami in a recurrent role. She was also well-known for her parts in Joan of Arcadia and Picket Fences. According to a source, Louise passed away in her sleep in the house she converted from a 300-year-old farmhouse surrounded by her family.
Deadline reported Louise Fletcher’s passing. Her family did not give a reason for her passing, but according to her agent David Shaul, on September 23, she told them about her cherished home: “I can’t believe I created something so meaningful to my well-being.”
Louise was born to deaf parents on July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, in the United States. Louise started her acting career in the late 1950s with TV shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Lawman, Bat Masterson, Maverick, and The Untouchables.
Louise became the third woman to get an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe for the same performance with her Oscar victory. She spoke in sign language during her acceptance speech for the Academy Award, according to Deadline, making it one of Oscar’s most enduring moments.
Jerry Bick, a movie producer, and Louise were married from 1959 until their divorce in 1977. According to Deadline, her sons John and Andrew Bick, granddaughter Emilee Kaya Bick, sister Roberta Ray, brother-in-law Edward Ray, and ten nieces and nephews are all still alive.