Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher


7/22/1934, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Birth Name

Estelle Louise Fletcher


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Louise Fletcher is an American Oscar-winning actress, who learned how to act while moonlighting as a secretary. Born in 1934 in the Deep South to two deaf parents, Fletcher found her passion for acting from her artistic aunt. Her show business career began in television in 1958, playing…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Louise recently co-starred with Robert Wagner in Warner Home Video's release of A Dennis The Menace Christmas, as Mrs. Wilson.

    • Louise wanted to be a classical ballet dancer when younger and was very athletic, until she started acting full-time.

    • Louise was given the Legend award for her career on April 16, 2005.

    • Louise is 5 feet 10 inches tall.

    • Louise took a ten-year hiatus from acting after the birth of her second son in 1964, later re-appearing in a supporting role in Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974).

    • Louise's scenes for Once Upon A Time In America (1984) were totally cut out of the film for running time, to the regret of director Sergio Leone.

    • Louise was nominated twice for the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for her performances in Picket Fences and Joan Of Arcadia in 1996 and 2003, respectively.

    • Louise won for the Saturn Award for Best Actress in Brainstorm (1983) and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for Flowers In The Attic (1987).

    • Louise was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actress in Invaders From Mars (1986).

    • Louise won the Best Motion Picture Actress in a Drama Golden Globe for One Who Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1976).

    • Louise won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1976).

    • Louise received a reckless driving citation after crashing into a police car near her home in 2000.

    • Louise learned sign language at a very early age, as both of her parents were deaf.

    • Louise worked as a receptionist while attending film school.

    • Louise caused a stir in 1978, when, after her divorce, she began dating 21 year-old Morgan Mason, the son of actor James Mason, with her being in her 40s.

    • Louise restored and redecorated a home in France in 2005.

    • Louise's portrayal of Nurse Ratched came in fifth place in the American Film Institute's 50 All-Time Greatest Movie Villains List, only behind behind only The Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lecter, Psycho's Norman Bates, Star Wars' Darth Vader and The Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West.

  • Quotes

    • Louise Fletcher: I was just a flat-chested 5' 10" brunette who didn't fit into any of the accepted movie categories for actresses. Today, times have changed and there are no more categories for women to be placed in.

    • Louise Fletcher: When you're being crazy, the sky is the limit. I envied the other actors tremendously. They were so free, and I had to be so controlled. I was so totally frustrated that I had the only tantrum I've ever had in my whole life outside the confines of my own home.

    • Louise Fletcher: My interest in acting was overwhelming, but I wasn't thinking, "I'm going to California and I'm going to become a movie star." Things were different then. I lived just for the moment, and whatever happened, happened.

    • Louise Fletcher: Live television drama was like live theater, because you moved without thinking about the camera. It followed you around. In film you have to be more aware of what the camera is doing.