Louise Fletcher, an actor best known for her work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died.

Louise Fletcher, an actor best known for her work in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has died.

Louise Fletcher passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Montdurausse, France, according to her agent David Shaul, who spoke with The Associated Press on Friday.

Louise Fletcher, a late-blooming actress who earned an Academy Award for her compelling portrayal of the cold-blooded Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, has passed away at age 88.

Fletcher was in her early 40s and poorly known when director Milos Forman cast her opposite Jack Nicholson in the 1975 movie after she put her career on hiatus for years to raise her children.

She was unaware that other other well-known actors, like Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Angela Lansbury, had declined.

After 1934's It Happened One Night, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest went on to become the first movie to win best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and best screenplay.

It appears that you all hate me, Fletcher said to the audience while clutching her Oscar during the 1976 ceremony.

She received Emmy nominations for her recurring role as the Bajoran spiritual leader Kai Winn Adami in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .