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Oscar-winning US actor Louise Fletcher dies at home in south France

The actor - most famous for her role as Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - had owned a farmhouse in Tarn for more than 20 years

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher, pictured in 2007 Pic: s_bukley / Shutterstock

Oscar-winning US actor Louise Fletcher, most famous for her role as Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died at the farmhouse she restored in southern France at the age of 88. 

The Alabama native won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her depiction of the cold and cruel nurse in the psychological drama, based on a novel by Ken Kesey, as well as a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. 

In her acceptance speech of the Oscar in 1976 she thanked her parents, who were deaf, in sign language. 

Her acting career spanned over 60 years, with her final role as Rose in the Netflix series Girlboss (2017). 

In the 1990s Fletcher bought a farmhouse in the village of Montdurausse (Tarn), just north of Toulouse in the south of France. She completely restored the property and would spend around six months of the year there. 

Georges Paulin, who was mayor of Montdurausse between 1983 and 2020, told La Dépêche that she was “a very discreet person who we would rarely see in the village”. 

“She did not like to speak about her career. She preferred to contemplate the countryside from her farm,” he said. 

He added that she had arrived at her farm this year in May and was supposed to head back to the US in October. 

Tributes to her have been pouring in on social media from France and the US alike. 

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