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

Actress Louise Fletcher, known for her career-defining role in the 1975 Oscar-winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nestpassed away at the age of 88.

Her son, Andrew Bick, confirmed his mother died of natural causes on Friday at her home in France, according to Hollywood Reporter

Fletcher won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 1976 Academy Awards for her critically acclaimed performance as Nurse Ratch in the classic film.

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Louise Fletcher in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
Louise Fletcher in ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’. (Fiction film)

As a child of two deaf parents, Fletcher is also remembered for her emotional Oscar acceptance speech – part of which she delivered in sign language.

“If you will forgive me [using sign language]: to my mom and dad, i want to say thank you for teaching me to have dreams. You are seeing my dreams come true,” she said in the speech.

The late actress also took home a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the villainous nurse in the iconic film.

She will spend the rest of her career being remembered as the evil Nurse Ratch after co-starring with Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-winning film.

In 2012, Fletcher admitted that she couldn’t bear to see herself in Gowk.

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Louise Fletcher
The Oscar-winning actress has died at her home in France at the age of 88. (Getty)

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“I find it so painful,” Fletcher said Statesman Magazine. “It comes with age. I can’t watch inhuman movies.”

“I was really shocked in the scenes where I was really cruel.”

Fletcher’s film credits go on to include Flowers in the Attic, Cruel Intention and Green steel.

More recently, she played the drug dealer mother of William H. Macey in the series Shamelessand also starred in the Netflix show Girlboss.

Fletcher is survived by her sons Andrew and John and sister, Roberta. Her husband, Jerry Bick, died in 2004.

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