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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Oscar winner Louise Fletcher has passed away

Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for her unforgettable role as Sister Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has left this world at the age of 88, the BBC reported.

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The American actress died at her home in the south of France, her agent said.

Although she was best known for her portrayal of the merciless Sister Ratched in MiloŇ° Forman’s classic, Fletcher’s career spanned six decades, including appearances in television and film.

The actress was relatively unknown when she was cast as Sister Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975. She began her acting career in the 1950s, but took a break for more than a decade to raise her children.

Leading actresses of the time, such as Angela Lansbury and Ellen Burstyn, turned down the role that brought Fletcher the greatest film honor.

The film was shot at the mental hospital in Oregon, USA. Directed by the great MiloŇ° Forman, based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name.

The tape became a super hit, to put it in modern language, winning a bunch of awards and taking a place in many lists of the greatest American films of all time.

According to film critics, the charm of the film is precisely the cruel and calculating nurse Ratched, to whom Fletcher gave flesh and blood. Ratched is the fearsome symbol of institutional power who stands up to the individualism of Randall McMurphy, played by Jack Nicholson.

The American Film Institute placed Sister Ratched behind only the Wicked Witch of the West, Darth Vader, Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter in its ranking of the greatest movie villains.

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Fletcher won an Academy Award in 1976 for his role, the film also won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay.

A child of deaf parents, Louise thanked them in sign language in her acceptance speech.

Although her career never quite reached the same heights again, Fletcher had a major role on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and earned Emmy nominations for guest roles on “Picket Fences” and “Joan of Arcadia,” respectively, in 1996 and 2004. She married producer Jerry Bick in the 1960s before divorcing in 1977. She is the mother of two sons, John and Andrew.

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Colleagues and fans paid tribute to the actress, calling her “absolutely great”.

Marlee Matlin, who won an Oscar for Children Forgotten by God and lost her hearing at 11 months old and who worked with Fletcher on Fences, tweeted that Louise was a “brilliant actress” and stressed that was the first to use sign language in her speech at the Oscars. Matlin also starred in this year’s award-winning CODA: Child of Deaf Parents.

Robert Hewitt Wolfe, screenwriter of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” said: “It was an honor and a pleasure to write for Louise Fletcher, one of the absolute great blazing talents and a class entertainer.”

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