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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ actor was 88 – Deadline

Louise Fletcher gave her Oscar-winning performance as the sadistic Nurse Ratchet in the 1975s. over the cuckoo’s nest It gave Hollywood one of the greatest villains of all time and provided its culture with a portrait of bureaucratic evil that didn’t go away so much that the character’s last name appeared in a television series 45 years later, and on Friday, he returned to his home in Monduras, France. died in she was 88 years old.

Her death was announced to Deadline by her family through agent David Scholl. A cause has not been determined, but Scholl said she died surrounded by her family asleep in a converted 300-year-old farmhouse. Today she told her family about her beloved home.

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Though forever associated with her most famous character, Fletcher has enjoyed an acting career that spans over 60 years, giving numerous performances in both television and film.she had a recurring role Star Trek: Deep Space Nine As Bajoran religious leader Kai Wynn Adami and in a guest starring role picket fence When Joan of Arcadia It was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1996 and 2004 respectively.

Born July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama, to deaf parents — she used sign language in one of her most memorable Oscar moments, her Academy Award acceptance speech (see below). Please) — Fletcher began his acting career in the late 1950s with such episodes as the television series Roman, Bat Masterson, Maverick, Untouchable When 77 Sunset Strip.

Fletcher, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” (1998)
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Similar roles continued in steady clips throughout the 1960s. Sugarfoot, Perry Mason When The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. She starred in films in the 1963s group of eagles And, even more fortunately, in the 1974s thieves like us, directed by Robert Altman. Her performance in the latter film caught the interest of director Milos Forman. over the cuckoo’s nest, Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel is set in a mental institution and focuses on the conflict between a man who feigns insanity to avoid prison and a domineering head nurse who demands submission and obedience at all costs. is guessing.

When With Jack Nicholson set to star as die-hard antihero patient Randall McMurphy, Forman spent the better part of a year scouting potential co-stars who could hold his own against the actor, then ChinatownThe director reportedly decided he found the tyrannical Mildred Ratchett in Fletcher after making offers to Colleen Dewhurst, Ellen Burstyn, Anne Bancroft, Geraldine Page, and more. Did.

over the cuckoo’s nest It was an immediate critical and box office hit, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay for the work of Lawrence Hoeven and Bo Goldman. It won the award and swept the Oscars that year.

The Oscar-winning Fletcher became only the third woman to win an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for a single performance. Her Netflix series with Ryan Murphy and Evan Romanski is coming in 2020 Ratchet — A prequel of sorts between novel and film, starring Sarah Paulson — it takes just one title to evoke the sense of horror and cruelty Fletcher conveyed decades ago. .

Fletcher and Marley Matlin, Lenny von Doren, ‘Picket Fences’ (2004)
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The impact of her Oscar win was exhilarating but fleeting, she later recalled. new york times, she advised that year’s winners: It will keep you wonderfully happy all night long. But don’t expect it to do anything for your career. ”

“I won an Oscar at 41,” said Fletcher, who was 60 at the time. Hell, at my age it was hard to deal with. It was like having an explosive thrown at you.”

In the same interview, she recalled a prophetic comment made by the Czech-born Foreman backstage on Oscar night. it was true i made it Heretic – Second exorcist — and it was a fiasco.Milos did ragtimeAnd Jack did [The] Missouri BreaksThat’s the Czech prophecy. ”

Exorcist II: Heretic (1977) pioneered a series of high-profile but unsuccessful films for Fletcher: cheap detective (1978), lady in red (1979), brainstorming (1983), blue steel (1990) and cruel intentions (1999), among others. For her more memorable role, she played Karen and Richard her Carpenter’s Ratched-esque mother in her 1989 television film. The story of Karen Carpenter.

A career revival came just a few years after he landed the recurring role of Bajoran religious leader Kai Win Adami in 1993. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Guest appearance in 1996 picket fence Yet another ice-cold character, playing the mayor’s estranged mother (played by deaf Marlee Matlin). Fletcher was nominated for an Emmy Award for the woman who rejected her deaf daughter.

Fletcher received another Emmy nomination in 2004 for her guest appearance as an elderly music teacher. Jeanne of Arcadia.

Subsequent television roles included: Seventh Heaven, individual practice And from 2011 to 2012, ShamelessShe was memorably repeated as the mother of the Jailbird in William H. Macy’s Frank Gallagher’s Meth Cooking. girl boss.

Fletcher was married to film producer Jerry Bick from 1959 until their divorce in 1977. Granddaughter Emily Kaya Bic. Her sister Roberta Ray and brother-in-law Edward Ray. and ten nieces and nephews.

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