Louise Fletcher, Oscar winner for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, dies at 88

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The actress Louise Fletcher who won an Oscar for his role in the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” has died at age 88, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

Fletcher died in her sleep and was surrounded by family at her home in Montdurausse, France, her agent David Shaul told the news agency, without giving a cause of death.

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Andrew Bick, her son, told The Hollywood Reporter that she died Friday of natural causes. She had survived two bouts of breast cancer.

Reuters was unable to immediately contact Fletcher’s agent or son for comment.

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The actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1976 for her portrayal of the ruthless nurse Mildred Ratched in Milos Forman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film also won awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, and Best Screenplay.

In her acceptance speech that night, she used American Sign Language to thank her deaf parents and thanked the audience for hating her.

Her portrayal of the character in the film was so memorable that streaming platform Netflix made a series called “Ratched” in 2020, which tells the origin story of the nurse-turned-villain.

Born Estelle Louise Fletcher on July 22, 1934, she was the second of four children.

She married producer Jerry Bick in the early 1960s and had two children, John and Andrew. Fletcher divorced Bick in 1977 and leaves his children, according to the Associated Press.

Source: CNN Brasil

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