Louise Fletcher, whose dramatic portrayal of cruel and smug nurse Rache in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest set a new standard for movie villains and won her an Oscar, has died aged 88.
Fletcher died in his sleep, surrounded by his family, at his home in Montdouros, France, he told The Associated Press on Friday. No reason was given.
After putting her career on hold for several years to raise her children, Fletcher was in her early 40s and barely recognizable when she starred opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1975 Mills Foreman film, where his work was praised by director Robert in the past . . Thieves Like Us by Altman. Little did she know at the time that many other top stars, including Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Angela Lansbury, had been rejected.
“I was the last person working,” he said in a 2004 interview. “Offer the role to other women who don’t want to be too scary on screen,” she said.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest became the first film since 1934’s It Happened One Night to win Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture.
“You all seem to like me,” Fletcher told the audience while holding an Oscar at the 1976 ceremony.
He then addressed his deaf parents in Birmingham, Alabama, saying using sign language, “I want to thank you for teaching me to dream. You saw my dream come true.
There was a moment of silence and thunderous applause.
Later that evening, Foreman made this unpleasant comment to Fletcher and his co-star Jack Nicholson: “Now we’re all going to fail.”
For a short time at least he was right.
Foreman directed “Hair,” a film version of the hit Broadway musical that failed to capture the appeal of the stage. Nicholson directed and starred in Goin’ South, which is often considered one of his worst films. Fletcher has signed The Exorcist II: The Heretic, a sequel to the iconic franchise.
More than her boyfriends, Fletcher’s parents hindered her from finding leading roles in Hollywood. However, he worked hard most of his life. His films after The Cuckoo’s Nest include Mother Dracula, Dead Children, and The Man Who Cried the Fly.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest appearances on the TV series Joan of Arcadia and Picket Fence and had a recurring role as Bajoran cult leader Kai Winn Adami on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She played musician Carpenter’s mother in the 1989 film The Karen Carpenter Story.
Fletcher’s career was also hampered by his height. At 5-foot-10, he was often rejected from auditions because he was taller than his lead.
Shortly after graduating from North Carolina State University, Fletcher moved to Los Angeles to find work.
Working as a receptionist during the day and studying with celebrity and trainer Jeff Corey at night, he began landing daytime television jobs such as Wagon Train, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Untouchables.
In the early 1960s, Fletcher married producer Jerry Bick and soon had two sons. She decided to quit her job to become a stay-at-home mom and has not worked for 11 years.
“I decided to stop working, but I didn’t see it as an option,” he said in a 2004 interview. “I felt compelled to stay at home.”
Taurus divorced in 1977 and died in 2004.
In The Cuckoo’s Nest, based on Ken Casey’s novel, which he wrote while participating in an experimental LSD program, Nicholson’s character RP. you don’t need to work hard.
Once set up, McMurphy discovers that his dispensary run by Fletcher’s cold and beautiful nurse, Mildred Ratched, has his patients firmly under her thumb. As the two clash, McMurphy takes a class with his bravery, leading to harsh punishment from Ratched and the organization, to which he returns.
The character was so memorable that 45 years later it became the basis for the Netflix series Les Miserables.
Estelle Louise Fletcher was born on 22 July 1934 in Birmingham, the second of four children. His mother was born deaf and his father was an itinerant Episcopal priest who lost his hearing when he was 4 years old when he was struck by lightning.
“It’s like having foreign parents who can’t speak your language,” he told 1