Louise Fletcher: The Woman Who Brought A Villain To Life

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.