Actress Estelle Louise Fletcher Died Aged 88, More About Husband Jerry Bick and Her Family

Estelle Louise Fletcher, a popular American actress died in her sleep at her home in Montdurausse, France on Friday. Her agent David Shaul confirmed her death. However, the cause of her death is unknown. According to her son, Andrew Bick, she died of natural causes.


Estelle Louise Fletcher Personal Life

Louise Fletcher was born on July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the second of four children in her family. Both of her parents, Estelle née Caldwell and Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher were deaf.

Her father was an Episcopalian missionary from Arab, Alabama. Her father established more than 40 churches for the deaf in Alabama. She was taught to speak by a hearing aunt as her siblings John, Roberta and Georgianna were all born without any hearing loss.

She married producer and literary agent Jerry Bick in 1960. They had two sons, John Dashiell Bick and Andrew Wilson Bick. However, their marriage didn’t last long and they divorced in 1977.


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Estelle Louise Fletcher Career

Estelle Louise Fletcher started her acting career by starring in various Television Series. These include Lawman in 1958 and Maverick in 1959. One episode of Maverick titled “The Saga of Waco Williams” with James Garner was ranked the series’ highest-rated episode. In 1959, she even appeared in the second episode of the Untouchables series, “Ma Barker and Her Boys”, as Elouise.

Estelle Louise Fletcher had to face sexism when she wasn’t casted in any TV series for a long time. The reason was that “she was simply too tall”. According to the producers, a tall woman is not sexually attractive. However, in Western, she was successful as the actors were taller than she was.

In 1960, she made two guest appearances on Perry Mason. The first one being defendant Gladys Doyle in “The Case of the Mythical Monkeys”. The second one as Susan Connolly in “The Case of the Larcenous Lady”. Also, in 1960, she was cast as Roberta in the episode “The Bounty Hunter” of Tate.

Estelle Louise Fletcher
Estelle Louise Fletcher

Estelle Louise Fletcher Awards

The international media recognised her for her negative role as Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest”. As a result, the jury awarded her Golden Globe, BAFTA and an Academy award for best actress. Her nominations include two Emmy Awards for her roles in the Picket Fences (1996) and Joan of Arcadia (2004).

Other notable awards/ nominations

New York Film Critics Circle Awards1975Best supporting actress Nominated
Faro Island Film Festival 1975Jury Prize Special MentionWinner
Genie Awards1981Best performance by a foreignNominated
AARP Movies for Grownups2007Best grownup love storyNominated
Gold Derby Awards2012Drama Guest Actress Nominated
CinEuphoria Awards2020Career Honorary AwardWinner

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