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The Death of Louise Fletcher, The Terrible Nurse Who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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

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As her son Andrew Bick told The Hollywood Reporter, Louise Fletcher died this Friday, September 23, at her home in Montouraus, France. She survived a recurrence of breast cancer. He died of natural causes, he was 88 years old.

role of his life

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1976 Best Actress Academy Award winner for her subtle and even emotional portrayal of the cruel and nasty nurse Mildred Ratch in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) – Miloš Forman’s adaptation of the same Ken Kesey novel by Louise Fletcher. The cinema world was truly celebrated today in mourning.

His acceptance speech at the prestigious ceremony will be particularly memorable: he used American Sign Language to thank his deaf parents – while thanking the public for hating him!

The feature film, which was a major success at the box office, also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Jack Nicholson and Best Adapted Screenplay and was thus the first to win the famous statue in all major categories in 4 decades – a true classic. who inherited the actor forever.

Her character is so iconic that Nurse Ratched was named the 5th greatest villain in film history by the American Film Institute. But this legendary role was rejected by several famous actors before, fearing that it might have a negative impact on their careers, but after Fletcher saw Miloš Forman’s We Are All Thieves in 1974, they decided. He will talk about the actor later in his memoirs.

He had it all for the wrong role, but there was something about him. I asked him to read it with me, and suddenly, beneath the velvety exterior, I discovered a tenacity and drive that befits the role. – Milos Forman

Career on all fronts

Recently appearing in Kies van Oostrum’s feature film A Perfect Man (2013) alongside Liev Schreiber and Jean Tripplehorn, Louise Fletcher never ceases to amaze.

It was on the small screen that she got her start, and on the small screen that she recently starred in: in 2017, to be exact, in two episodes of Girlboss on Netflix. Appearing in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the scheming and deceptive spiritual leader Vin Adam from 1993 to 1999, he also starred in the cult sci-fi series VR.5 from 1995 to 1997, as well as ER and 7 Home in 2005.

Emmy-nominated for guest roles in High Secret City: Secret City in 1996 and Joan’s World in 2004, she also starred as matriarch Peggy “Grammy” Gallagher, a scheming ex-con who nevertheless wanted to bond with her grandchildren, in a showtime shame.

In 1974, Louise Fletcher resumed playing in 1974, after an absence of more than a decade to devote herself to her family. We are all thieves by Robert Altman, but when he was cast as Ratched, the actor still didn’t have much of a reputation in Hollywood – which was about to change.

After this key role, her career faltered and the actress was unable to diversify, as in the 1978 black parody These Ladies with Private Peter Falk, or in the 1979 drama Natural Enemies, in which she played opposite Hal. Holbrook, a vulnerable and fragile character without complexity.

The actor’s other credits include: Sex Intentions (1999), in which he played a genial and warm-hearted Long Island aristocrat, The Exorcist 2 – The Heretic (1977) with Richard Burton and Linda Blair, Brainstorm (1983) with Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood, Charlie (1984) John Herzfeld’s A Day or Two in Los Angeles (1996) starring a very young Drew Barrymore.

A woman’s life and debut on the screen

Estelle Louise Fletcher was born in Birmingham, Alabama. His parents were deaf, he was introduced to the theater by his aunt, who taught him to speak at the age of 8. Fletcher attended the University of North Carolina and after traveling around the country, found himself in Los Angeles and quickly began an acting career.

It all started for the aspiring actor in 1958 with a small role in a TV series Rena. The following year, he appeared in Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip and Les Incorruptibles. Appearing twice in Perry Mason in 1960, she gave up her career in 1963 after making her big screen debut in Delbert Mann’s Red Telephone.

In 1973, after raising her children, she resumed her profession by appearing in a TV series. Doctors today. After the TV movie, the actor is finally chosen to play a supporting role in the famous We are all thieves by Robert Altman – produced by her husband Jerry Bick.

Fletcher’s full and fulfilling life story was the inspiration for one of the main characters in Robert Altman’s 1975 classic Nashville: he was supposed to play the role at the time, but Bick and Altman clashed at the time and the role eluded him.

Louise Fletcher was actually married to Jerry Beek, a Hollywood literary agent who was also later a producer, from 1959 to 1978. He died in 2004. He is survived by his sons John Dashiell Beak and Andrew Wilson Beak.

Source: allocine

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