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Oscar winner Louise Fletcher, who played the famous nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, dies at her home in France at age 88
Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died at the age of 88.
The actress’s family confirmed she passed away peacefully at her home in Montdurausse, France after… Deadline but did not disclose a cause of death.
She played the famous nurse Ratched in the Miloš Forman-directed film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), alongside Jack Nicholson, considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made.
The role of Nurse Ratched earned her the Best Actress Oscar at the 48th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in March 1976, as well as a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award.
RIP: Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has died aged 88 at her home in Montdurausse, France, according to Deadline; the actress is seen in January 2012
Fletcher is the second of four children of 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 learned to speak from a hearing aunt, would take an interest in the art of acting as a youngster.
Finally she made made her professional debut in 1958, scoring four different television guest roles in Flight, Playhouse 90, Bat Masterson, and Yancy Derringer.
Fletcher would make her film debut in A Gathering of Eagles in 1963, starring Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, Mary Peach and Barry Sullivan.
Iconic: Fletcher played the famous Nurse Ratched in the Miloš Forman-directed film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), which also starred Jack Nicholson
Bona fide hit: The psychological comedy-drama was a critical and box-office hit, winning the Oscars the following year and winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress and Best Screenplay from nine nominations
It would be 11 years before she landed her next film role, which came in the crime drama Thieves Like Us, starring Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen and Tom Skerritt.
Her performance in the Robert Altman-directed Thieves Like Us helped her capture Miloš Forman’s attention 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, winning the Oscars of the year by winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Leading Actress and Best Screenplay from 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 award, Fletcher used the famous sign language, which is still considered one of the most memorable moments in Academy Awards history.
She has worked consistently over 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 on 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 cousins, according to Deadline.
Another breakthrough: Many fans also know Fletcher from her recurring role as the Bajoran religious leader Kai Winn Adami on the hit series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)