Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Getting to Know... Nurse Ratched

Louise Fletcher is best known for her role as Nurse Ratched in the 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The film won 5 Academy Awards. Fletcher took home one of those statues for Best Actress. What you may not know is that the parents of the now 78-year-old actress are both deaf. The second of four children, she grew up on Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, Robert Fletcher, served the deaf community as an Episcopal priest. He started dozens of churches for the deaf in Alabama. None of his children had any hearing loss.  Fletcher never forgot her roots. While filming One Flew Over, Fletcher took time to visit students at the Oregon School for the Deaf.