Louise Fletcher: Oscar-winning ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ star dies


Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has died aged 88.

Fletcher died in her sleep surrounded by her family at her home in Monduras, France, her agent, David Shaul, told The Associated Press.

Her son, Andrew Bick, told the Hollywood Reporter that she died Friday of natural causes. She had survived two bouts of breast cancer.

The actor won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1976 for her portrayal of the merciless nurse Mildred Ratched in Miloš Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film also won awards for Best Picture, the -best director, best lead actor and best screenplay.

In her acceptance speech tonight, she used American Sign Language to thank her deaf parents and thanked the audience for hating her.

Her portrayal of the character in the film was so memorable that Netflix made a series called Ratched in 2020, which tells the nurse-turned-villain’s origin story.

Born Estelle Louise Fletcher on July 22, 1934, she was the second of four children.

She married producer Jerry Bick in the early 1960s and had two sons, John and Andrew. Fletcher divorced Bick in 1977 and is survived by her sons, according to the Associated Press.



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