Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher (born July 22, 1934) is an American actress who gained international prominence for her performance as Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. She also won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for Brainstorm in 1983. On television she has appeared as Kai Winn Adami in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and guest starred on the science fiction television series Heroes. She also received Emmy nominations for her guest starring roles in Picket Fences and Joan of Arcadia. Fletcher, the second of four children, was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Estelle Caldwell and the Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher, who was an Episcopal priest from Arab, Alabama. Both of her parents were deaf and worked with the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Fletcher's father founded more than 40 churches for the deaf in Alabama. Fletcher and her siblings, Roberta, John and Georgianna, were all born without any hearing loss; she was taught to speak by a hearing aunt, who also introduced her to acting.


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