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Louise Fletcher

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Birth Name: Estelle Louise Fletcher

Birth Place: Birmingham, AL

Birthday: July 22, 1934, Cancer

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Both parents were deaf; her father, an Episcopal priest, founded more than 40 churches for people with hearing difficulties.
  • Learned to speak from her aunt, who also introduced her to acting.
  • Made her feature-film debut in 1974's Thieves Like Us.
  • Thanked her parents in sign language during her Oscar acceptance speech in 1976.
  • Claims that she has a harder time watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) as she gets older because Nurse Ratched, the role that earned her the Academy Award, is too cruel.


  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by a Foreign Actress: Nominee


  • Robert Capers Fletcher — Father
  • Andrew Wilson Bick — Son
  • John Fletcher — Brother
  • Georgianna Fletcher — Sister
  • Jerry Bick — Ex-husband
  • Roberta Ray — Sister
  • John Dashiell Bick — Son
  • Estelle Caldwell Fletcher — Mother
  • Morgan Mason — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended All Saints Episcopal College, Vicksburg, MS; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (BA, 1957)