Louise Fletcher died yesterday at the age of 88. No cause of death was given.
Ms. Fletcher is best known for her Best Actress Academy Award wining role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. That role also won her Best Actress BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards. Louise Fletcher began her career in television. She would go on alternate between television and feature films throughout her career.
Some Louise Fletcher television appearances include: Bat Masterson; Yancy Derringer; Maverick; The Untouchables; Wagon Train; Perry Mason; Medical Center; The Twilight Zone (1988); In the Heat of the Night; Tales from the Crypt; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; ER and Heroes.
Louise Fletcher feature film appearances include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Exorcist II: The Heretic; The Cheap Detective; The Lady in Red; Strange Invaders; Brainstorm; Firestarter and Invaders from Mars.
Louise Fletcher became a household name because of her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It took a strong screen presence to match Jack Nicholson and she more than held her own. With over 135 credits on her resume and her nearly 60 years in show business she was much more than Nurse Ratched.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Louise Fletcher’s family, friends and fans.