Oscar-winning actor Louise Fletcher has died
The Academy Award winner and late-blooming star, Louise Fletcher, has died at the age of 88.
Fletcher died in her sleep surrounded by her family. The cause was not given.
After taking a few years off to raise her children, Fletcher was relatively unknown when she was cast opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1975 film. At the time, she didn’t know that many other famous actors had turned it down, including Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Angela Lansbury.
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Louise Fletcher, an Oscar-winning actress in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the voice of Mona
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Other actresses turned down the part, just like Tennessee Williams, who Gabler thinks was purposely cautious in order to maintain the mystery of Laura.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” won all five best picture awards, becoming the only film to win since 1934’s “It Happened One Night”.
Holding her Oscar at the 1976 ceremony, Fletcher told the audience, “It looks as though you all hated me.”
She has appeared on many TV shows and movies as a character player.
Estelle was born in Birmingham, the second of four children. Her father was deaf and her mother lost her hearing from birth. Estelle became deaf at age four after being struck by lightning.
Fletcher was married to producer Jerry Bick in the early 1960s and gave birth to two sons. Fletcher temporarily put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mother for 11 years. She divorced Bick in 1977 and he died in 2004.
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