Louise Fletcher

Actor, Receptionist
An American film and television actress of considerable and quiet strength, Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award in 1975 as the unforgettable, iron-willed Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1934 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

Dancing in Twilight 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dial 9 For Love 2014 (Movie)

Abbie (Actor)

The Genesis Code 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Perfect Man 2013 (Movie)

Abbie (Actor)

Cassadaga 2013 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Heroes 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fat Rose and Squeaky 2008 (Movie)

Bonnie Ash Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Last Sin Eater 2007 (Movie)

Miz Elda (Actor)

Aurora Borealis 2006 (Movie)

Ruth Shorter (Actor)

Johnny 316 2006 (Movie)

Sally's Mother (Actor)

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Finding Home 2005 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

A Time to Remember 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Clipping Adam 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Any Day Now 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Mother Superior (Actor)

Big Eden 2001 (Movie)

Grace Cornwell (Actor)

The Contract 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

After Image 2000 (Movie)

Aunt (Actor)

More Dogs Than Bones 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Time Served 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Very Mean Men 2000 (Movie)

Katherine Mulroney (Actor)

A Map of the World 1999 (Movie)

Nellie (Actor)

Cruel Intentions 1999 (Movie)

Helen Rosemond (Actor)

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Man 1999 (Movie)

Val (Actor)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heartless 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

Alena Heiss (Actor)

Picket Fences 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1989 - 1990, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Gets Moe 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1989 - 1990, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: High School High 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

High School High 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Doyle (Actor)

The Stepford Husbands 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Tollbooth 1996 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

Virtuosity 1995 (Movie)

Elizabeth Deane (Actor)

Giorgino 1994 (Movie)

Innkeeper (Actor)

Return to Two Moon Junction 1994 (Movie)

Grandma Belle (Actor)

Tryst 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys of Twilight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Steel 1990 (Movie)

Mrs Turner (Actor)

In the Heat of the Night 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shadowzone 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Best of the Best 1989 (Movie)

Mrs Grady (Actor)

Blind Vision 1989 (Movie)

Virginia Taylor (Actor)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

Belle (Actor)

Flowers in the Attic 1987 (Movie)

Grandmother (Actor)

J. Edgar Hoover 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

Mrs McKeltch (Actor)

Last Waltz on a Tightrope 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Fool 1986 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

The Boy Who Could Fly 1986 (Movie)

Dr Granada (Actor)

A Summer to Remember 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Firestarter 1984 (Movie)

Norma Manders (Actor)

The Lucky Star 1984 (Movie)

Loes Bakker (Actor)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

Lillian Reynolds (Actor)

Strange Invaders 1983 (Movie)

Mrs Benjamin (Actor)

Strange Behavior 1981 (Movie)

Barbara Moorehead (Actor)

Talk to Me 1981 (Movie)

Richard's Mother (Actor)

Mamma Dracula 1979 (Movie)

Mamma Dracula (Actor)

Natural Enemies 1979 (Movie)

Miriam Steward (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Marlene DuChard (Actor)

The Lady in Red 1978 (Movie)

Anna Sage (Actor)

The Magician of Lublin 1978 (Movie)

Emilia (Actor)

Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 (Movie)

Dr Gene Tuskin (Actor)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975 (Movie)

Nurse Ratched (Actor)

Russian Roulette 1975 (Movie)

Midge (Actor)

Thieves Like Us 1974 (Movie)

Mattie (Actor)

A Dad for Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Breast Men (TV Show)

Actor

Brimstone (TV Show)

Actor

Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Edie & Pen (TV Show)

Actor

Final Notice (TV Show)

Actor

Frankenstein and Me (TV Show)

Actor

In a Child's Name (TV Show)

Actor

Islands (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky Star (Movie)

(Actor)

Married to a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare on the 13th Floor (TV Show)

Actor

Of Two Minds (TV Show)

Actor

Second Serve (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of the Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Someone Else's Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Arithmetic (TV Show)

Actor

The Fire Next Time (TV Show)

Actor

The Karen Carpenter Story (TV Show)

Actor

Touched by a Killer (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

An American film and television actress of considerable and quiet strength, Louise Fletcher won the Academy Award in 1975 as the unforgettable, iron-willed Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. " The role and subsequent honors were seen by the press as the high point of Fletcher's screen career, since none of the projects that followed, which included "Exorcist II: The Heretic" (1979), "Brainstorm" (1983) and "Invaders from Mars" (1987) matched its box office or critical returns. However, Fletcher worked steadily after "Cuckoo's Nest," earning Emmy nominations for television turns and accepting the notion of "the Oscar curse" with patience and good humor, confident in the knowledge that she had created one of cinema's most enduring villains.

Relationships

Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher

Father
worked at deaf ministries in Alabama from 1929 to 1972 hearing-impaired

Jerry Bick

Husband
married c. 1960 divorced in 1977 father of her two sons

Estelle Fletcher

Mother
born deaf on April 11, 1901 worked with the hearing impaired died on August 24, 1992 in Alexandria, Virginia at age 91

Morgan Mason Producer

Companion
born in 1949 together for three and a half years from 1977 to 1980 son of actor James Mason and Pamela Mason

EDUCATION

studied acting with Jeff Corey

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill , North Carolina 1957

All Saints Episcopal College

Vicksburg , Mississippi

Milestones

2006

Co-starred with Donald Sutherland in the family drama, "Aurora Borealis"

2004

Had a Guest-starring role on CBS' "Joan of Arcadia"; received an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

2001

Appeared in "AfterImage"; screened at Sundance Film Festival

1999

Acted in "A Map of the World", New York theater director Scott Elliott's feature directing debut

1999

Portrayed Sarah Michelle Gellar's aunt in "Cruel Intentions"

1999

Appeared as Aunt Eva in the absorbing Showtime Holcaust drama "The Devil's Arithmetic"

1996

Played bat-wielding principal in "High School High"

1996

Enjoyed her turn as a nasty, authoritarian, almost psycho teacher in "Frankenstein and Me"

1996

Had small role in John Herzfeld's "2 Days in the Valley"

1995

Portrayed crime czar Elizabeth Deane in "Virtuosity", starring Denzel Washington

1995

Had regular role on Fox's short-lived, futuristic "VR.5"

1994

Reprised Grandma Belle for "Return to Two Moon Junction"

1993

Reteamed with McLoughlin for CBS miniseries "The Fire Next Time"

1992

Played Richard Farnsworth's wife in short-lived CBS series "The Boys of Twilight", a modern Western about aging lawmen in a small Utah town

1992

Appeared in Altman's "The Player"

1991

Excelled as Grandmother battling for the custody of her murderer son's boy in first TV miniseries, "In a Child's Name" (CBS), directed by Tom McLoughlin

1989

Reteamed with Roberts for "Best of the Best"

1989

Acted the part of Agnes Carpenter in "The Karen Carpenter Story" (CBS)

1988

Played Grandma Belle in "Two Moon Junction"

1987

Essayed another grandma in "Flowers in the Attic"

1986

First film with Eric Roberts, "Nobody's Fool"

1984

Appeared in Sergio Leone's epic "Once Upon a Time In America"

1983

Gave standout performance as a research scientist in "Brainstorm", a film marred by the drowning of star Natalie Wood

1980

Starred as "Mamma Dracula", in Leonard Maltin's words "an eternity away from the cuckoo's nest"

1977

Flopped with "Exorcist II: The Heretic"

1975

Gave Oscar-winning performance as Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

1974

Returned to acting in feature film debut, Robert Altman's "Thieves Like Us"

1974

TV-movie debut, "Can Ellen Be Saved?" (ABC)

1958

TV debut as an extra on "Playhouse 90"

Raised in Alabama

Lived in London during the 1960s

Made guest appearances on TV shows like "The Millionnaire" (CBS) and "77 Sunset Strip" (ABC) during the late 1950s and early 1960s

Bonus Trivia

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Fletcher provided one of the most touching and best-remembered moments on any Oscar telecast. Since both of her parents were deaf, Fletcher used sign language to speak to them during her acceptance speech for Best Actress for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". She remains active in organizations which aid the hearing impaired.

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Robert Altman based the character of Mrs. Reese, the mother of hearing-impaired children played by Lily Tomlin, in "Nashville" (1975) on Fletcher and her relationship with her parents. Originally Fletcher was to play the role but Altman chose to cast Tomlin leading to a rift between the director and the actress.

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In May of 1998, Fletcher was charged with reckless driving for allegedly hitting a policeman who was removing a deer from a road in Leesburg, Virginia

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