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The Emotional Reason Why Louise Fletcher Accepted Her Oscar in Sign Language 46 Years Ago
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The Emotional Reason Why Louise Fletcher Accepted Her Oscar in Sign Language 46 Years Ago

Fletcher bagged the award for her role as Nurse Ratched, an iconic film antagonist, in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.'

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Louise Fletcher who played the movie nemesis Nurse Ratched in the iconic 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest died last Friday of natural causes in France. She was 88 years old. "France was her favorite place on the planet; she built a home in a beautiful place that she loved," her agent David Shaul said, according to CNN. "She was a great woman — what a career." The actress is survived by her two sons, John and Andrew Bick; her sister, Roberta Ray; and a granddaughter.



 

 

The actress was relatively unknown when she played Nurse Ratched in the Jack Nicholson-starred movie. While she began her acting career in the 50s she took a long break to raise her children. Fletcher won an Oscar for her role as the authoritarian, controlling nurse, Mildred Ratched. Fletcher delivered one of the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches on March 29, 1976. Not only did she thank her colleagues using humor and wit, but she also got tearful as she used sign language to pay tribute to her parents watching at home." I want to say thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true," she said as her voice broke brimming with emotion.