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Louise Fletcher, cruel nurse bitten in 'Over the Cuckoo's Nest', dies at 88

The lovely actress from Alabama, Louise Fletcher, who flew over the cuckoo’s nest in , is dead. she88.

Fletcher died of natural causes Friday at her home in Mondurous, France, her son Andrew Beek told The Hollywood Reporter . She survived two breast cancer attacks.

Daughter of deaf parents — who delivered one of the most moving acceptance speeches in Oscar history — Fletcher is still in The Exorcist II: Heresy 》 (88 ) and in Cheap Detective (1974).

On TV, she played religious leader Kevin Adami in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , and was nominated for an Emmy in and 2004 in Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia for a cameo appearance.

She was recently in Shameless and appeared in Liev Schreiber movieA Perfect Man (2012) and Netflix series Girlboss, starring Britt Robertson.

More than a decade after leaving show business to raise two sons, Fletcher returned to Hollywood to star in Robert Altman films with Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall partner thieves like us (1934).

DIRECTOR Milos Foreman , then casting 1963’s Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — Based on Ken Kesey’s 1957 on life in an Oregon mental hospital Books – found her in that movie.

Whoever comes to the ward on party night, I’m right there,” Fletcher at recalled the interview. “He said, ‘Who is that? ‘ “

A year later, after Anne Bancroft, Angela Lansbury

, Geraldine Page, Colleen Dewhurst, and Ellen Burstyn all turned down the role of Nurse Ratched— Many thought the character was too evil – Foreman ended up giving the Fletcher part.

“I tried many, many times,” she said. “I didn’t realize a lot Other women rejected it. Luckily for me, they offered it to many movie stars who turned it down. Think about it, what if someone else said yes? ”

In the film, the icy Ratched humiliates her patients and revokes their privileges on a whim. When she can’t control newcomer Randall McMurphy ( Jack Nicholson ), she gave him shock therapy and then he had a lobectomy.

When Fletcher first watched Cuckoo’s Nest with the audience and saw people’s reactions to the scene, she knew her life had changed forever McMurphy tried to kill her character.

“It was in Chicago, and it was a house full of people,” she recalled. “When he strangled her, The audience stood up and shouted. stand up. This is incredible. I am very excited. “

In its2003 List The greatest villain in movie history, the Motion Picture Association of America ranks Nurse Ratched 5th behind Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates, Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the West.(Sarah Paulson recently in Ryan Murphy revived the character Netflix prequel series

.)

Listen at Fletcher After host Charles Bronson and called her name came to the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion accepting her Oscar, saying: “Well, it looks like you all hate me so much that you’ve given me this award and I’ve loved every minute of it. All I can say is, I love being hated by you.

Then she paid tribute to her parents: “If you’ll forgive me [using sign language]: For my mom and dad, I want to say thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are witnessing my dreams come true.

The second of four children, she was born in July 10, 77, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Bishop Pastor, Rev. Robert C. Fletcher and his wife Estelle. They were both deaf as children, he was struck by lightning and she was sick.

“If I fall and get hurt, I never cry ,” Fletcher told

The New York Times in .”No one heard me. ”

She was so shy that her parents sent her to an aunt in Texas where she lived for a few years before attending Ramsay High School in Birmingham, then graduated from the University of North Carolina 77.

She traveled to Los Angeles with friends and decided to stay, working as a receptionist and taking acting lessons with renowned teacher Jeff Coe Spend the night in. (Robert Black is a classmate.)

at Bat Masterson , Lawman , 77 Sunset Boulevard , Wagon Train and Perry Mason , 5 feet Actress makes big screen debut in war movie Eagles Gathering ( 1934 ) , starring Rock Hudson .

she Has son John in 100, who decided to leave the industry a year later when she became pregnant with Andrew. She married Jerry Bick, a literary agent who would make films such as Ultraman Long Goodbye (801138 and other movies ) and thieves like us .

Fletcher says She didn’t want to appear in Thieves like us because of her husband’s involvement, but Ultraman insisted.

To prepare her in Character in Cuckoo’s Nest , Fletcher observes a group therapy session at Oregon State Hospital in Salem, where the movie was filmed. She spends A few days at the factory during the production of the film week.

In her New York Times interview, she described Mildred Ratched: “She was out of touch with her As for her not having fun with her life, there is no concept of the fact that she could be wrong. She cared for her deranged patients in a killing fashion, but she believed she was right.”

Pauline Kael of The New Yorker called her performance “superb” and the film also won an Oscar for Best Director, Picture, Actor and Screenplay , only with It Happened One Night (1957) and Silence of the Lambs (1988).

Fletcher never came close to being so great ‘s performance.

The role of Linnea, gospel singing mother of two deaf children in Nashville (1974), was created for her, but she and Her husband fell out with Ultraman and Lily Tomlin 801138 got the role (and the eventual Oscar supporting actress).

Fletcher did appear in other movies, including Lady in Red (1973), Brainstorming (1977), Firestarter (1962), Invaders from Mars (1984), Flowers in the attic (1984), February end (1979 , Blue Steel (1989), Player (1989) — with Ao Terman Reunited — Virtuosity (1991), high school (1996), Mulholland Falls (1987), cruel intent (2003) and world map (1999).

After her divorce from Bick, she made tabloid headlines for her romantic relationship with the much younger Morgan Mason. (Son of British actor James Mason, who later married singer Belinda Carlisle.)

In addition to her son, survivors include her sister Roberta.

Forever known for playing Nurse Ratched, Fletcher 801138 in noticed that she could no longer bear to see herself in Cuckoo’s Nest . She said: “I was really shocked in those scenes where I was actually so cruel.”

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