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Actress, Louise Fletcher, was born Estelle Louise Fletcher on Jul 22, 1934 in Birmingham, AL. As of December 2023, Louise Fletcher was 89 years old.


Louise Fletcher was an American actress of forthright manner. Born to deaf parents, she acted steadily in TV series during the late 1950s and early 1960s but retired in 1964, re-emerging 10 years later with two excellent film portrayals of treacherous, unsmiling women -- 'Mattie' in "Thieves Like Us" and 'Nurse Ratched' (Best Actress Oscar) in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Was a leading choice to play the mother in Terms of Endearment (1983).

Learned sign language at a very young age, as both of her parents were deaf. When Fletcher neared the end of her (spoken) Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), she finished with a unique (unspoken) touch in American Sign Language: "For my mother and my father, I want to say thank you for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true. Thank you." (29 March 1976).

She was in several scenes that were later deleted from Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

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