July 22, 1934
Actress Louise Fletcher was born in Birmingham. Fletcher is best remembered for her portrayal of Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for which she won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She became only the third actress to win the three awards for a single performance, behind Audrey Hepburn and Liza Minnelli. Fletcher also starred in a variety of television series, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Picket Fences, Joan of Arcadia, Heroes, and, most recently, Shameless. In 1999, Birmingham presented Fletcher with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the city’s inaugural Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.