Academy Award-winning actress best known for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Her other notable films include Cruel Intentions, Flowers in the Attic, and 2 Days in the Valley.
She worked as a secretary by day and took acting lessons by night.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was based on a novel of the same name, written by Ken Kesey.
She married Jerry Bick in 1960. The couple had two sons before divorcing 17 years later.
She played the mother of Karen Carpenter in the The Karen Carpenter Show.