Paging Nurse Ratched

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article, People
on June 30, 2012

Please tell me about the actress who played Nurse Ratched in the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, with Jack Nicholson.
—Mac Burnett, Fredericksburg, Texas

That’s Louise Fletcher, 77, who won the best actress Oscar for her role in the 1975 film. The Birmingham, Ala., native was born to deaf parents, and her father founded more than 40 churches for the deaf in Alabama. Her numerous film credits include Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Cheap Detective, Firestarter and Mulholland Falls. She portrayed Kai Adami on TV’s 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.' The mother of two sons recently played Grammy Gallagher, the hard-living mother of William H. Macy’s character, on the Showtime series 'Shameless.'