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Louise Fletcher



Louise Fletcher's acting career can be divided into two stages. She started out appearing on television shows such as Wagon Train and The Untouchables during the late '50s, but left acting in 1964, two years after marrying movie producer Jerry Bick, to raise a family. She did not return to her craft until appearing in Robert Altman's well-regarded feature film Thieves Like Us in 1974. Fletcher then appeared in the spy thriller Russian Roulette (1975) before Milos Forman cast her in what was to become her signature role, that of the iron-willed, sadistic Nurse Ratched who tormented Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Her believable portrayal won her a Best Actress Oscar and a Golden Globe. Perhaps the highest honor is that her Ratched has become a movie icon, one that has been frequently emulated and parodied in numerous subsequent films.

Fletcher was born in Birmingham, AL, to a deaf Episcopalian minister and a deaf mother. She started acting in summer stock following her graduation from the University of North Carolina. Fletcher next moved to Los Angeles and found work as a receptionist before breaking into television. Standing 5'10", the strikingly beautiful Fletcher was often taller than her leading men, something that hindered her first bid at stardom.

Since her success with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fletcher has found steady employment as a supporting and character actress on television -- where she received a 1996 Emmy nomination for a guest-star appearance on the highly acclaimed CBS series Picket Fences -- and in feature films. She also has a busy stage career.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% A Perfect Man
  • Abbie
2013
10% Cassadaga
  • Claire
2013
No Score Yet Of Two Minds
  • Aunt Will
2012
No Score Yet The Home
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Genesis Code
  • Ellen Taylor
2010
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet A Dennis the Menace Christmas
  • Mrs. Wilson
2007
No Score Yet The Happiest Day of His Life
  • Actor
2007
19% The Last Sin Eater
  • Miz Elda
2007
No Score Yet Johnny 316
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Me and Luke (A Dad for Christmas)
  • Glennie
2006
68% Aurora Borealis
  • Ruth Shorter
2006
No Score Yet Fat Rose and Squeaky
  • Bonnie Ash Fitzpatrick
2006
No Score Yet Dancing in Twilight
  • Evelyn
2005
No Score Yet Clipping Adam
  • Grammy
2004
No Score Yet A Time to Remember
  • Billy Calhoun
2003
30% Finding Home
  • Esther
2003
22% Manna From Heaven
  • Mother Superior
2002
65% Big Eden
  • Grace
2001
0% After Image
  • Aunt Cora
2001
No Score Yet Contract
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet More Dogs Than Bones
  • Iva Doll
2000
No Score Yet Time Served
  • Warden
2000
No Score Yet Touched by a Killer
  • Judge Erica Robertson
2000
No Score Yet Silver Man
  • Val
2000
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Love Kills
  • Alena Heiss
1999
65% A Map of the World
  • Nellie
1999
No Score Yet The Devil's Arithmetic
  • Aunt Eva
1999
49% Cruel Intentions
  • Helen Rosemond
1999
No Score Yet Hollywood Salome (Johnny 316)
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Edie & Pen
  • Judge
1997
40% Breast Men
  • Mrs. Saunders
1997
No Score Yet Married to a Stranger
  • Nana
1997
No Score Yet Heartless
  • Aunt Lydia
1997
No Score Yet The Girl Gets Moe
  • Gloria
1997
No Score Yet Sins of the Mind
  • Dr. Anna Bingham
1997
13% High School High
  • Mrs. Doyle
1996
60% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Evelyn
1996
No Score Yet The Stepford Husbands
  • Miriam
1996
31% Mulholland Falls
  • Esther
1996
No Score Yet Frankenstein and Me
  • Mrs. Perdue
1996
33% Virtuosity
  • Elizabeth Deane
1995
No Score Yet GIORGINO
  • Innkeeper
1994
No Score Yet Tryst
  • Maggie
1994
No Score Yet The Haunting of Seacliff Inn
  • Dorothy
1994
No Score Yet Tollbooth
  • Lillian
1994
No Score Yet Return To Two Moon Junction
  • Belle Delongpre
1993
No Score Yet The Fire Next Time
  • Sarge
1993
98% The Player
  • Herself
1992
No Score Yet Blind Vision
  • Virginia
1991
No Score Yet Nightmare on the 13th Floor
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Shadowzone
  • Dr. Erhardt
1990
71% Blue Steel
  • Shirley Turner
1990
No Score Yet Best of the Best
  • Alex's Mother
1989
No Score Yet The Karen Carpenter Story
  • Agnes Reuwer Tatum
1989
No Score Yet Final Notice
  • Mrs. Lord
1989
0% Two Moon Junction
  • Belle
1988
14% Flowers in the Attic
  • Grandmother
1987
No Score Yet J. Edgar Hoover
  • Annie M. Hoover
1987
No Score Yet Nobody's Fool
  • Pearl
1986
71% The Boy Who Could Fly
  • Psychiatrist
1986
36% Invaders from Mars
  • Mrs. McKeltch
1986
No Score Yet Second Serve
  • Dr. Sadie M.
1986
No Score Yet Islands
  • Actor
1986
39% Firestarter
  • Norma Manders
1984
No Score Yet A Summer to Remember...
  • Actor
1984
63% Brainstorm
  • Lillian Reynolds
1983
63% Strange Invaders
  • Mrs. Benjamin
1983
No Score Yet Grizzly II: The Concert
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet The Lady in Red
  • Anna Sage
1982
No Score Yet Talk to Me
  • Richard's Mother
1982
75% Strange Behavior
  • Barbara Moorhead
1981
No Score Yet Mama Dracula
  • Mamma Dracula
1980
No Score Yet Natural Enemies
  • Miriam Steward
1979
No Score Yet Magician of Lublin
  • Emilia
1979
50% The Cheap Detective
  • Marlene DuChard
1978
20% Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Dr. Gene Tuskin
1977
95% One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Nurse Ratched
1975
No Score Yet Ruleta Rusa
  • Midge
1975
89% Thieves Like Us
  • Mattie
1974
No Score Yet Lucky Star
  • Actor
1929

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Birdy
70% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Actor
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Pete's Mom Frances
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Kai Winn Kai Wynn Vedek Winn
92% Shameless
2011
  • Grammy Gallagher
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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