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Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher is perhaps best known for playing the dictatorial role of Nurse Ratched in Milos Forman's award winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a performance that won her both the American and British Oscar(R) for Best Actress as well as the Golden Globe Award and enough rave reviews to last a lifetime. Recently, she had a starring role in TriStar Pictures' High School High opposite Jon Lovitz. Fletcher also starred in Two Days in the Valley, in Paramount Pictures' Virtuosity with Denzel Washington and in Richard and Lili Zanuck's Mulholland Falls with Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith and Chazz Palminteri.

Her television credits include Married to A Stranger, HBO's The Silicone Wars and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She received an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role in Picket Fences. Additional television credits include The Boys of Twilight, the top-rated CBS mini-series In a Child's Name, Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone, A Song for You: The Karen Carpenter Story, Second Serve with Vanessa Redgrave and A Summer to Remember.

Fletcher can also be seen with Burt Reynolds in a Canadian-American feature entitled Mojave Frankenstein, The Girl Gets Moe with Michael Madsen, Edie & Pen, Brainstorm, Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us, Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective, Lewis Teague's The Lady in Red, Natural Enemies, The Lucky Star, Strange Invaders, Firestarter, Invaders from Mars, The Boy Who Could Fly, Nobody's Fool and Two Moon Junction.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Louise Fletcher Facts

BirthdayJuly 22, 1934 (89)
BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, USA
Height5' 9½" (1m77)  How tall is Louise Fletcher compared to you?
Awards1976 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
1976 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

Selected Filmography

In the Hands of the Prophets
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Flowers in the Attic
Cruel Intentions
Mama Dracula
The Devil's Arithmetic
The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Complete Series
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