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Born: July 22, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: Cast ...


Fletcher provided one of the most touching and best-remembered moments on any Oscar telecast. Since both of her parents were deaf, Fletcher used sign language to speak to them during her acceptance speech for Best Actress for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". She remains active in organizations which aid the hearing impaired.

Robert Altman based the character of Mrs. Reese, the mother of hearing-impaired children played by Lily Tomlin, in "Nashville" (1975) on Fletcher and her relationship with her parents. Originally Fletcher was to play the role but Altman chose to cast Tomlin leading to a rift between the director and the actress.

"When I die, I know that'll be at the top of my obituary, 'Louise Fletcher, who won an Oscar for . . .' That changes your life. People around you change; they think you have some special wisdom or magic touch. You become familiar-looking. With me it's usually, 'Do you work in my bank?' or 'Do you teach at my son's school?'" --Fletcher in THE NEW YORK TIMES, March 27, 1995

About her role in "Mulholland Falls" (1996): "I took the part because it had a line I just couldn't wait to say. Chazz Palminteri is trying to thread a film into a projector and his finger is too large, so he keeps saying, 'It's too big.' I say, 'Try your dick!' It's my first on-screen profanity." --Fletcher, quoted in MOVIELINE, November 1997

In May of 1998, Fletcher was charged with reckless driving for allegedly hitting a policeman who was removing a deer from a road in Leesburg, Virginia

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