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Alabama born Oscar winning actress dies

Obit Louise Fletcher
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FILE - Louise Fletcher holds the Academy Award she won for her leading role in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in Los Angeles, March 30, 1976. Fletcher, a late-blooming star whose riveting performance as the cruel and calculating Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” set a new standard for screen villains and won her an Academy Award, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at age 88. (AP Photo/File)

Birmingham native Louise Fletcher has died at age eighty eight. The Oscar winner’s agent announced that the actress died at her home in France. Fletcher set a new standard for screen villains with the role of Nurse Ratched opposite Jack Nicholson in 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Director Milos Fletcher chose the late-blooming star after many more prominent stars including Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Angela Lansbury, turned down the role. Fletcher won the Academy Award for best actress for the role. She would work steadily for the rest of her life, including guest spots on TV shows that saw her nominated for two Emmys. Fans of the Star Trek science fiction franchise may remember Fletcher as the villainous Kai Winn in the “Deep Space Nine” series.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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