Actress Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has died at the age of 88, the Associated Press reported late Friday.
Fletcher died in her sleep surrounded by her family at her home in Montdurausse, France, her agent David Shaul told the news agency. He did not give a cause of death.
Her son Andrew Bick told the Hollywood Reporter that she died on Friday of natural causes. She survived two bouts with breast cancer.
In 1976, the actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of ruthless nurse Mildred Ratched in Foreman’s adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name. The film also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay that year.
In her speech that night, she used American Sign Language to thank her deaf parents, and thanked the audience for hating her.
Her portrayal of this character was so memorable that in 2020, the Netflix platform made a series based on it, Ratched, which follows the story of a nurse who becomes a villain.
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