Death of actress Louise Fletcher, known for her role as a nurse in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' directed by Milos Forman in 1975.

American actress Louise Fletcher, who won the Oscar for best actress for her role in the film. Flight over a cuckoo’s nest of Milos Forman (1975), died at the age of 88, US media reported this Friday.

Louise Fletcher, who had two children, died at her home in Montdurausse, southern France, according to her agent David Shaul, quoted by the New York Times and the Associated Press.

Her most notable role as Nurse Mildred Ratched in Flight over a cuckoo’s nestwhose main character was played by Jack Nicholson, also earned her the Golden Globe and the Bafta for best actress.

When she accepted the role of this tyrannical nurse, in her 40s, she was unaware that leading actresses such as Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn and Angela Lansbury had turned down the part. “I was the last person to pass the casting”he confided in a 2004 interview. “It was not until the middle of filming that I realized that the role had been offered to other actresses who did not want to appear so badly on the screen. »

“It seems like everyone hated me”

Adapted from a novel by Ken Kesey, Flight over a cuckoo’s nest became the first film since New York-Miami (1934) by Frank Capra to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay.

“It seems like everyone hated me”she said. receiving the Oscar for best actress in 1976. She then used sign language to thank her parents, both of whom are deaf: “To my mom and dad, I want to thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true. »

The actress starred in movies like The player by Robert Altman or the exorcist 2. But Louise Fletcher was also a figure on American television, delivering such series as the incorruptible Where Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her roles in television series. picket fences (1996) and Joan of Arcadia (2004).

Le Monde with AP and AFP

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