She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
She worked as a secretary by day and took acting lessons by night.
She played Nurse Ratched, the wicked nurse of the asylum in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
She married Jerry Bick in 1960, and the couple had two sons and divorced 17 years later.
She starred in the movie The Karen Carpenter Show as the mother of Karen Carpenter.
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