2022 has seen the passing of another performer well known to Star Trek fans with the loss of Louise Fletcher, the actress who played Winn Adami on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
RIP Louise Fletcher
News of the passing of Louise Fletcher was first reported Friday night by the Hollywood trades, with a representative for the actress telling Variety she died at her home in France. She was 88.
Fletcher’s career dates back to the 1950s, consistently working in both film and television through the 2010s, with her last role on the television series Girlboss in 2017. Fletcher won an Academy Award for portraying Nurse Ratched in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, also picking up a BAFTA Award and Golden Globe. Throughout her career, she was honored with a number of additional accolades, including two Emmy Awards nominations.
Star Trek fans know Fletcher for her recurring role of Winn Adami, appearing 14 times over seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Bajoran Vedek who rose to Kai often came into conflict with Benjamin Sisko and Kira Nerys, making her one of the franchise’s best-known adversaries. Fletcher was nominated for five (and won four) awards from the Online Film & Television Association for her work on Deep Space Nine.
In a 2012 interview with startrek.com, Fletcher spoke about how she approached the character’s motivation:
Power. She wanted power and she was ambitious. She was sort of a Margaret Thatcher in space, or, as I used to say, I was the Pope in space. People would say, “Oh, you’re doing Star Trek. Who are you playing?” I’d say, “Think the Pope in space, except she’s like an ancient Pope, from the old days when Popes were ruthless and powerful and exerted their powers and fought wars and did all kinds of naughty things.”
Trek community remembers Fletcher
On Friday night Deep Space Nine executive producer and showrunner Ira Steven Behr said on Twitter that fans of the series should be in mourning, and he praised Fletcher’s work saying she was a “key player” and “stone cold pro who committed totally to her character.” Behr also picked up on how fans love to hate the character of Winn, saying “She was so damn good being so damn bad.”
Every fan of #StarTrekDS9 should be in mourning tonight.
Louise was key player for us.
A stone cold pro who committed totally to her character.
I would have loved to interview her for our documentary but we never could synch schedules.
She was so damn good being so damn bad. https://t.co/0600NLzUOZ
— Ira Steven Behr (@IraStevenBehr) September 24, 2022
Discovery co-creator Bryan Fuller, who worked on DS9 before moving to Voyager, expressed his condolences by saying Fletcher’s Kai Winn “walks with the Prophets.”
KAI WINN WALKS WITH THE PROPHETS – REST IN POWER, LOUISE pic.twitter.com/7SDW6CoPvP
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) September 24, 2022
TNG Star Jonathan Frakes also offered his condolences.
— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) September 24, 2022
TrekMovie offers our condolences to the friends and family of Louise Fletcher.