Louise Fletcher has passed away at the age of 88. Her family has confirmed in a report that the Oscar winner died of natural causes at her home in Montdurausse, France. She was known for playing Nurse Ratched in the Milos Forman-directed 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which also starred Jack Nicholson. She had won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1976 for her role. Also read: Titanic actor David Warner dies of cancer-related illness at age 80

Louise’s acting career spanned more than 60 years and included numerous appearances on television and in films. She was featured in a recurring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Bajoran religious leader Kai Winn Adami. She was also known for her roles in Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia. According to a report, Louise died in her sleep, surrounded by family, in the house she built from a 300-year-old farmhouse.

Louise’s death was reported by Deadline. Though her family did not give a reason, her agent David Shaul said she told her family about her beloved home on Sept. 23, “I can’t believe I’ve created something so important to my well-being.”

Louise was born on July 22, 1934 in Birmingham, a city in Alabama, USA, to deaf parents. Louise began her acting career in the late 1950s with TV series such as Lawman, Bat Masterson, Maverick, The Untouchables and 77 Sunset Strip.

With her Oscar win, Louise became only the third woman to win the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe Award for a single performance. According to Deadline, she used sign language in her Academy Award acceptance speech, in one of Oscar’s most memorable moments.

Louise was married to film producer Jerry Bick from 1959 until their divorce in 1977. According to Deadline, she leaves behind sons John and Andrew Bick; granddaughter Emilee Kaya Bick; sister Roberta Ray and brother-in-law Edward Ray; and 10 cousins.


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