RIP Louise Fletcher 1934-2022 – The Last Movie Outpost

We’re a little late on this one but we can’t let it go by that the great Louise Fletcher passed away on September 23rd, 2022. Yeah you have your Chuckies, your Freddys, your Jasons… but for my money, Nurse Ratched may be one of the most terrifying characters ever put to screen.

I mean when you can make Jack Nicholson look scared, you’ve done something.

She earned an Oscar for her performance in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and that was back when getting an Oscar actually meant something. While she hasn’t been the most prolific actress since then, she turned in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Kai Winn was deliciously icy and malolent. Let’s face it, no one could turn a character that should be a force for good into something of evil.

I am the GOOD person.

She wasn’t always that typecast but when she was, she was probably the best at it. Take her turn in the not so great movie Flowers In The Attic.

It may not be the best movie but you can’t fault her performance in it. But she wasn’t always horrible. For instance in Fire starter she played a kindly farmer’s wife who adopted Drew Barrymore at the end.

While she could be terrifying, she could play terrified pretty well too. Here’s her death scene in Brainstorm:

Louise won not only an academy award and a Bafta and a Golden Globe for her Cuckoo’s performance, but also two Emmy’s for her roles in Picket Fences spirit Joan of Arcadia. It was a crime she was never nominated as Kai Winn though.

Rest in peace Louise. You had a great run.

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