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Louise Fletcher passed away on September 23, 2022. Here are links to a few obituaries.
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This unofficial fan site is in honor of Louise Fletcher, the versatile and talented actress who has played dozens of strong, smart, sexy, scary women -- from her Academy Award-winning role as Nurse Ratched in the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest to her unforgettable place in the Star Trek universe as Deep Space Nine's Kai Winn.

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"Out of the Crowd." TV Guide, April 4-10 1959 (Vol. 7 No. 14 Issue #314).
Fletcher talks about her background and being discovered on Playhouse 90.

"Womanly Art of Self-Defense." Detroit Free Press TV Channels, September 2-8 1963 (Vol. 3 No. 35).
Girls with guns! A hilariously politically incorrect pictorial about women in westerns.

Harmetz, Aljean. "The Nurse Who Rules The Cuckoo's Nest." The New York Times, November 30 1975.
A brief history of Nurse Ratched and of Fletcher, who discusses experiences in her childhood which helped her play the part.

Lindsey, Robert. "Cuckoo's Nest Wins Top 3 Oscars." The New York Times, March 30 1976.
Abridged post-award coverage with quotes from Nicholson and Fletcher, plus the producer of the awards program in reaction to Fletcher's acceptance speech.

Robertson, Nan. "The Fletchers: Family That Heard The Silent Thanks." The New York Times, April 5 1976.
Interviews with Fletcher, her parents and all three of her siblings following her Academy Award victory about their lives and what her tribute meant to them. Photos of Fletcher's family.

Shaw, Thomas. "Louise Fletcher's Own Story." Motion Picture, July 1976 (Vol. 65 No. 785).
"I never cried when I was a child, because there was no one to hear me." Fletcher on her childhood, Nurse Ratched, and her kids, who appear in several photos with her.

"Louise Fletcher's Childhood Tragedy." Photo Screen, August 1976 (Vol. 11 No. 9).
A short illustrated article about Fletcher's parents and their reaction upon hearing she had won the Academy Award.

Drucker, Mort, and Dick De Bartolo. "One Cuckoo Flew Over the Rest," reprinted in Mad About the Seventies, Little, Brown, 1996.
Mad Magazine's parody of Mr. McGoofy and Nurse Wretched, plus the rest of the film.

Burns, Jess. "Louise Fletcher and Her Men." TV Radio Talk, January 1977 (Vol. 10 No. 4).
Fletcher on her new man Oscar, and her family life before her celebrity, including the years she spent in London.

Roeder, Bill. "The Cuckoo's Nest Egg." Newsweek, January 10, 1977.
Fletcher on her tribulations since winning her Oscar, plus Ken Kesey on his share of the profits, with a great photo of the actress.

Reed, Rex. Valentines and Vitriol, Dell, 1977.
5 pages of interview conducted just after Fletcher's Academy Award nomination for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Lots of Reed's opinions, but also some really wonderful stuff from Fletcher, including what it was like to grow up with two deaf parents and how the women's movement affected her life.

Warhol, Andy. "Louise Fletcher: Jack Nicholson's Nurse Is Now Linda Blair's Shrink." Interview, May 1977.
The pop art legend and a crowd of friends talk to Fletcher over dinner at the Beverly Hilton.

Pallenberg, Barbara. The Making of Exorcist II: The Heretic, Warner, 1977.
The trials and tribulations of making the horror film, including how Louise came to be cast in a role written for a man.

Kaye, Elizabeth. "Louise Fletcher In Search of Herself." Ladies Home Journal, July 1977 (Vol. 94).
Fletcher talks about trying to be the perfect wife and mother, and realizing it wasn't the role she wanted to play.

Hunter, Thomas C. Beginnings: The Patterns of Success, Crowell, 1978.
24 successful individuals discuss how they got started on the road to success, including Erma Bombeck, Judith Crist, Walter Cronkite, Roberta Flack, Ralph Nader, Pete Rose, and Louise Fletcher, who talks extensively about her early television career and living abroad.

"Older Women: Why They Prefer Younger Men As Lovers," TV Movie Scene, September 1979 (No. 11).
Hilarious 70's magazine talks to Fletcher about Mason, Gordon about Kanin, Cannon about Assante, Shore about Reynolds, and more.

Wallace, David. "The Critics Are Crazy About Brainstorm's Louise Fletcher, But She's Not Out Of the Woods Yet." People Weekly, November 21, 1983.
Fletcher talks about the controversy surrounding Brainstorm following Natalie Wood's death, and about her home in Virginia.

Hutchison, David. "Doug Trumbull: Between the Minds of Brainstorm." Starlog, December 1983 & January 1984 (Nos. 77 & 78).
The director of Brainstorm speaks about the film's special effects, including the afterlife sequence, as well as the impact of the death of co-star Natalie Wood on the movie. Lots of photos enhance the article. There's also an interview with Nancy Allen about Strange Invaders.

"The Playboy Interview: Michael Douglas." Playboy, February 1986 (Vol. 33).
Douglas talks about producing Cuckoo's Nest and getting Fletcher to play Nurse Ratched.

Goldberg, Lee. "Louise Fletcher: School Teacher From Mars." Starlog, May 1986 (No. 109).
3 pages including pictures in relation to her role in the remake of Invaders from Mars. The interview also mentions some of her other horror and SF, including Firestarter and Strange Invaders.

Wiley, Mason, and Damien Bona, Inside Oscar, Ballantine, 1986.
Dirt on the 1975 Oscar nominations and ceremony, including an account of Ellen Burstyn's complaints about the paucity of roles for women and a photo of Jack Nicholson drinking champagne out of Louise Fletcher's shoe.

Bergan, Ronald, Graham Fuller, and David Malcolm, Academy Award Winners, Crescent Books, 1986.
A lavishly illustrated book about award-winning films and performers. Both Fletcher's performance and her acceptance speech receive more attention than any of her fellow winners.

From the press kit for Flowers in the Attic, November 1987.
A brief interview and fairly substantive biography of the actress, who talks about playing the evil Grandmother.

Brode, Douglas, The Films of Jack Nicholson, Citadel Press, 1987.
Analyses and history of all of Nicholson's films to 1990, including a long chapter on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Peary, Danny. "Where Have All The Winners Gone?" Cosmopolitan, March 1989 (Vol. 206 No. 3).
Actors who won Oscars but didn't get breaks from producers. Also, The Washington Post on great Oscar moments and Entertainment Weekly on neglected Oscar winners.

Kael, Pauline. 5001 Nights At the Movies, Henry Holt, 1991.
The famed New Yorker critic gives rave reviews of Fletcher's performances in Thieves Like Us, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as well as many other films. This book summarizes the longer reviews in Kael's other published collections.

Beck, Marilyn. "Louise's Worst Nightmare." TV Guide, March 21-27 1992 (Vol. 40 No. 12 Issue #2034).
A very short article about Louise Fletcher's recurring nightmare after singing on The Boys of Twilight.

Forman, Milos, and Jan Novak, Turnaround: A Memoir, Villard Books, 1994.
Forman's recollection of the casting of Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and some discussion of how he chooses actors for roles. The book contains a photo of Fletcher laughing uproariously on the set.

Williams, Monte. "Then and Now: Louise Fletcher." People Weekly, February 21, 1994.
Fletcher reflects on her romance with Morgan Mason; photos of Fletcher in 1994 and with Mason in 1977.

Svetkey, Benjamin. "The Next X?" Entertainment Weekly, March 10, 1995 (No. 265).
In an issue about The X-Files and related shows, EW looks at the VR.5 cast, including Lori Singer, Anthony Stewart Head, Michael Easton, David McCallum and Louise Fletcher.

Weinraub, Bernard. "Oscar's Glory Is Fleeting. Ask One Who Knows." The New York Times, March 27, 1995 (Vol. 144).
Fletcher discusses how winning the Academy Award did little to boost her career in the long run.

Spelling, Ian. "Virtual Veteran." Starlog's Science Fiction Explorer, August 1995 (No. 8).
Four pages including pictures about her roles on Deep Space Nine and VR.5. Fletcher talks about being high-tech in Brainstorm and Virtuosity, the fun of playing a character in a coma, and the operatic style of Kai Winn.

Hollywood Kids. "Louise Fletcher: Q&A." Movieline, November 1995 (Vol. VII No. 3).
Fletcher on Robert Altman, Natalie Wood, Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts, and her love of tabasco sauce.

Spelling, Ian. "Louise Fletcher: Kai Winn." Starlog's Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Fall 1995 (Vol. 13).
Four fully-illustrated pages about each episode of Deep Space Nine that featured Fletcher.

Feinberg, Sue, and Judd Hollander. "Bajoran Oscar Winner." Cinefantastique, January 1996 (Vol. 27 No. 4-5).
3 pages with black and white photos from Deep Space Nine's third season, with extensive background on the actress and discussion about Nurse Ratched's legacy.

Martinez, Jose A. "An Intergalactic Rogue's Gallery." TV Guide, August 24-30 1996 (Vol. 44 No. 34 Issue #2265).
Fletcher punches tribbles and reflects on her role as Kai Winn.

Okuda, Mike and Denise. The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Pocket Books, 1997 and 1999 editions.
Entries for Kai Winn from the middle and the end of the run of Deep Space Nine, plus an explanation of Kai Winn Souffle (with Haligian Tongue Sauce).

Fletcher, Louise, and Cliff Robertson. "Louise Fletcher and Cliff Robertson Recall Thrill of Winning Oscars." The Associated Press, 1998.
Louise Fletcher and Cliff Robertson write about their Academy Awards.

Biskind, Peter. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-and-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood, Simon and Schuster, 1998.
This often scathing account of the power players of the 1970s contains Fletcher's account of her falling-out with much-criticized director Robert Altman.

Associated Press. "Churches Receive Bequest In Honor of Rev. Fletcher." AP, March 1999.
A brief article about Louise Fletcher's parents, who founded several churches for the deaf.

Hougland, Stacie. "The X and Y Files." Movieline, May 1999 (Vol. X No. 8).
In which Movieline theorizes that Gary Sinise is really the love child of Louise Fletcher and DeForest Kelley, or perhaps Nurse Ratched and Dr. McCoy. They have photos to prove it.

Dilmore, Kevin. "Winn Adami: The Strayed Kai." Star Trek Communicator, Summer 1999.
The official Star Trek magazine interviewed Fletcher along with other supporting cast members of Deep Space Nine about the series and what it has meant.

Green, Michelle Erica. "Her Eminence, Louise Fletcher." Mania Magazine, June 1999.
Online interview with pictures about the conclusion of Deep Space Nine and Fletcher's contributions to genre entertainment. The actress talks a bit about her politics and how her life affected her career.

"Louise Fletcher." Starburst Magazine, June 1999 (No. 250).
Fletcher quoted on the conclusion of Deep Space Nine, with photo.

Spelling, Ian. "Louise Fletcher: Kai Winn." Star Trek Monthly, July 1999 (Vol. 1 No. 54).
Fletcher talks about how she played Winn and how much she enjoyed working on the series. One large photo with the interview, plus several others elsewhere in this 100-page Deep Space Nine tribute.

Joy, Nick. "Prophet Motives." Starburst Magazine, September 1999 (No. 253).
Fletcher bids farewell to Deep Space Nine and to the gleefully corrupt Kai, with illustrations.

Samm. "Kai Winn -- The Woman I Love To Hate." Star Trek Central, September 1999.
An analysis of Kai Winn, whom the author describes as "the woman I love to hate."

From the press kit for A Map of the World, November 1999.
Brief quotes from Fletcher and about Fletcher by Sigourney Weaver and the director.

The Deep Space Nine Companion CD-ROM, Simon and Schuster Interactive, 1999.
The video trailers and complete scripts for all 176 Deep Space Nine episodes, plus summaries, photos and cast lists. The database makes it possible to search episodes by name or phrase.

Frayling, Christopher. Sergio Leone: Something to Do With Death, Faber and Faber, July 2000.
This biography of legendary filmmaker Leone contains an account of and some dialogue from Fletcher's substantial role in the gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America, left on the cutting room floor when the film ran too long.

A Grand Slam VIII Report, March 2000.
A summary of Fletcher's talk at the huge annual Star Trek convention in Pasadena.

Stuart, Jan. The Nashville Chronicles, Simon and Schuster, 2000.
This book on the making of Robert Altman's masterpiece includes the director's account of why he didn't cast Fletcher as Linnea Reese.

Nashawaty, Chris. "Oscar Goes Cuckoo." Entertainment Weekly, February 23, 2001.
The making of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on the 25th anniversary of its Oscar sweep.

"AFI'S 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains." American Film Institute, June 3, 2003.
Nurse Ratched placed fifth on the American Film Institute's list of the 50 all-time greatest movie villains, behind only The Silence of the Lambs' Hannibal Lechter, Psycho's Norman Bates, Star Wars' Darth Vader and The Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West.

Hartman, Donna. "Louise Fletcher Makes the Right Choices." The Bradenton Herald, January 23, 2004.
Fletcher discusses her career and Finding Home in anticipation of the film's screening at the Sarasota Film Festival.

"Creation's 12th Annual Grand Slam Convention - Friday." StarTrek.com, March 26, 2004.
A brief article on Fletcher's appearance at the 12th annual Grand Slam convention, talking about her Oscar and Kai Winn.

Yee, Ivette M. "Film Festival Bestows Achievement Honors On Actors This Year." Sun-Sentinel, April 17, 2005.
An article on the Palm Beach International Film Festival's gala where Fletcher received the Legend Award for her career.

Fletcher, Louise. "A dream takes wing: American actress Louise Fletcher takes a broken-down French farmhouse and revives its lively spirit." House Beautiful, May 2005.
Fletcher herself wrote this article on a home in France that she restored and decorated.

Griffin, Stan. "It's Nice To Be Hated (Sometimes)!" Deaf Friends International, 2006.
A brief biography of Fletcher from a site on deaf education around the world.

"Winn-ing With DS9's Louise Fletcher." StarTrek.com, January 6, 2012.
Really, did anyone get to wear better costumes on DS9?

Schulman, Michael. "Louise Fletcher, Nurse Ratched, and the Making of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"s Unforgettable Villain." Vanity Fair, July 10, 2018.
With Ryan Murphy’s forthcoming series set to carve out her character’s backstory, Fletcher reveals the method behind her quietly monstrous anti-heroine.

Click here for articles on Nurse Ratched's influence. Click here for a list of additional articles and books on Louise Fletcher.

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