Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher dies age 88 Detail Explored

Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher dies age 88
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Actress Louise Fletcher, best known for her career-defining role in the 1975 Oscar-hit One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nesthas died at age 88.

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

Fletcher won the Best Actress Oscar at the 1976 Academy Awards for her critically-acclaimed performance as Nurse Ratched 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’. (Fantasy Films)

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

“If you’ll excuse me [using sign language]: for my mother and my father, I want to say thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true,” she said during the speech.

The late actress also took home a BAFTA and a Golden Globe award for her role as the villainous nurse in the iconic film.

She would spend the rest of her career being remembered as the cruel Nurse Ratched after starring alongside Jack Nicholson in the Oscar-sweeping movie.

In 2012, Fletcher admitted she couldn’t bear watching herself in Cuckoo’s Nest.

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

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“I find it too painful,” Fletcher told the Statesman Journal. “It comes with age. I can’t watch movies that are inhumane.”

“I was really shocked in those scenes where I was actually so cruel.”

Fletcher’s film credits went on to include Flowers in the Attic, Cruel Intentions and Blue Steel.

More recently, she played the role of William H. Macey’s meth-dealing mother on 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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