Death of actress Louise Fletcher, the terrifying nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

DISAPPEARANCE – The 88-year-old actress died in France. She had made an Oscar date by giving her acceptance speech in sign language.

Unforgettable cruel and scary nurse from Fly over a cuckoo’s nest, American actress Louise Fletcher, Oscar for best actress for this emblematic role before the camera of Milos Forman, is gone. The woman who had survived two breast cancers died at the age of 88. Louise Fletcher, who had two children, died at her home in Montdurausse, in the south of France.

Having been born on July 22, 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama, nothing predestined the shy young woman to embody one of the most iconic film villains of the seventh art. Born to deaf parents, Louise Fletcher only learned to speak at the age of eight under the tutelage of one of her aunts, who lived in Texas, to whom she had been sent. It was this “godmother” who introduced him to the delights of comedy. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Louise Fletcher embarks on a road trip, but finds herself stranded in Los Angeles due to lack of resources.

Immersion in a psychiatric hospital

She becomes a hotel receptionist and takes acting lessons at night. She landed her first television roles in the series in Masterson, law man, 77 sunset strip, train car Lands her first big screen role opposite Rock Hudson in the Cold War psychological thriller. the red phone in 1963.

But a young mother of two, Louise Fletcher decides to step back and dedicate herself to her family. With the encouragement of her husband, producer of we are all thieves made her comeback in this 1974 Robert Altman gangster flick. This comeback put her on Milos Forman’s radar as he auditioned for the actress who would risk lending her features to inhuman mental hospital nurse Mildred Ratched.

Louise Fletcher passes many screen tests. Having suffered rejections from Anne Bancroft, Angela Lansbury, Geraldine Page, Colleen Dewhurst and Ellen Burstyn, the filmmaker ultimately chooses her to subject Jack Nicholson to electroshocks and submit him to a lobotomy.

The actress prepares by observing group therapies at the Oregon hospital where she is filming Flight over a cuckoo’s nest. He spent 11 weeks at the facility, as the Postpone HollywoodR. This performance covers it with trophies: Bafta (the English Oscars), Golden Globe and Oscar. She makes history there by giving her acceptance speech in sign language to honor her parents.

she didn’t want to look anymore Flight over a cuckoo’s nest

After the feat of I fly from above a cuckoo’s nest, It is not easy to forget the character of Ratched. Louis Fletcher struggles to recover and appears in The player by Robert Altman, L.‘Exorcist 2, Giorgino The cursed film by Laurent Boutonnat with Mylène Farmer, but also the fantastic thriller Flowers in the Attic the modern adaptation of Dangerous relationships, cruel intentions. Television offers him recurring roles in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Y Shameless. She is nominated for an Emmy Award for her appearances in soap operas. picket fences where she plays the mother of Oscar-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin and in the fantasy saga Joan of Arcadia.

Located by the American cinematheque in the top 5 of the most unforgettable antagonists in cinema, Louise Fletcher confessed that she could no longer look at herself in I fly from above a cuckoo’s nest, surprised by the inhumanity of his character. Showrunner Ryan Murphy had tried to track down in the controversial Netflix series ratchetthe youth of the nurse.

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