Louise Fletcher, whose Oscar-winning performance as the sadistic Nurse Ratched in 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest gave Hollywood one of its greatest all-time villains and provided the culture with a portrait of bureaucratic evil so indelible that the character’s last name could carry a TV series 45 years later, died Friday at her home in Montdurausse, France. She was 88.
Where Did Louise Fletcher Die
Fletcher died in her sleep surrounded by family at her home in Montdurausse, France, her agent David Shaul told The Associated Press on Friday.
Cause Of The Death
No cause was specified, she passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home she had built from a 300-year-old farmhouse, surrounded by family. Earlier today, she said to her family about her beloved home, “I can’t believe I’ve created something so meaningful to my well-being”.
Where Was Louise Fletcher Born
Fletcher was born to deaf parents in Birmingham, Alabama, on July 23, 1934. She learned to speak and act from her aunt at the age of 8.
Her Career & Awards
After attending the University of North Carolina before a cross-country trip left Louise Fletcher marooned in L.A. (per Variety). There, she became involved in acting in a professional capacity and that’s how her career began. Additionally, she appeared on television in guest spots on shows like “The Untouchables,” “Wagon Train,” and “Perry Mason.” However, her filmography soon went dark in 1963 with the film “A Gathering of Eagles.”
In addition, Fletcher had a successful acting career that lasted more than 60 years and featured in several appearances in both television and cinema, despite being inextricably associated with her most well-known role. She also appeared as a guest star on Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia, which earned her Emmy nods in 1996 and 2004, respectively
Family Background of Louise Fletcher
Fletcher was married to “Thieves Like Us” producer Jerry Bick from 1960 to 1977.
She is survived by her sons John and Andrew Bick, as well as her granddaughter, sister and brother-in-law, and 10 nieces and nephews.