Louise Fletcher: The Woman Who Brought A Villain To Life

By | September 20, 2021

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Louise Fletcher with James Garner in Maverick. Source: (Wikipedia).

Louise Fletcher, who was born on July 22, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her parents were both deaf. Her father, the Reverend Robert Capers Fletcher, founded more than 40 churches for the deaf in Alabama. She and her siblings spent a year and subsequent summers with her aunt to ensure that they learned how to speak. While with her aunt, Fletcher was introduced to acting. However, she also spent weekends at the cinema with her mother, who loved movies; since her mother was deaf, she would translate for her using sign language. She also would sing and dance for her aunt’s bridge club, but she had decided by the time she was 11 that she wanted to be an actress.

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With Shelley Duvall in Thieves Like Us. Source: (IMDb).

She Got Her Start In Television

Fletcher studied theater at the University of North Carolina, and after she graduated in 1957, she headed out to Los Angeles. Her acting career began soon after, with guest appearances on shows such as Maverick, The Untouchables, Wagon Train, and Perry Mason. Her first film appearance came in 1963 with an uncredited appearance in A Gathering of Eagles. In 1960, she married Jerry Bick, a literary agent and producer. They had two sons, and Fletcher took an 11-year hiatus from acting to raise her sons.