Louise Fletcher

  1. Lily Tomlin, Nashville, 1975.     Director   Robert Altman   had coaxed producer Jerry Bick’s wife out of retirement for Thieves Like Us., 1974.   Seeing   her deaf parents visiting the set and talking to her   in sign language, Altman created   another role for Louise   – the   mother of deaf-mute children in Nashville.    And then gave it to Tomlin!   “He took my family identity, then to treat me in that way. I stopped   speaking to him – he hurt me so bad.” She got revenge by beating Lily to the support Oscar that year with her Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.   As she signed her thanks to her parents,   she saw Altman mimicking her… with respect or   malice, she never knew.
  2. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment, 1983.       And the Oscar goes to…
  3. Tuesday Weld, Once Upon A Time In America, 1984.      Even being polite, Louise was (nine years) too old.
  4. Jean Marsh, Oz the Great and Powerful, 2012.       “We’re going for the Frank L Baum book illustrations and nothing like that 1939 vaudeville thing,” said a Disney suit. Thanks for the warning said the fans, staying away in droves… Fletcher (Nurse Ratched, after all) and Mary Steenburgen were seen by editor-turned-auteur Walter Murch for Nurse Wilson here… and the witch Princess Mombi over there in Oz. With her powder of life. And spare heads. (Oh and Mr Disney Suit, it is L Frank Baum. Explains a lot).


 Birth year: 1934Death year: 2022Other name: Casting Calls:  4