Louise Fletcher, actress hailed for 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' dead at 88

Oscar-winner had career that spanned six decades.

Updated: September 24, 2022 - 3:44pm

Louise Fletcher, the actress immortalized for her performance as the heartless Nurse Ratched in 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," died on Friday at 88.

Fletcher, who passed away at her home in Montdurausse, France, was known for decades as the steely nurse who oversaw the men's psych ward in director Milos Forman's classic American film. She won an Oscar for that performance and was nominated for several other awards. 

Fletcher's career spanned decades from the late 1950s to 2020. She appeared in numerous movies and television shows throughout the course of her work, including an extended run on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." 

For her work in 2004 as a guest on the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia," she was nominated for an Emmy. She had earlier received an Emmy nomination in 1996 for a turn on "Picket Fences."