An actress who was best known for her performance in the Best Picture Oscar winner “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has died. Louisa Moritz, who played the blonde bombshell Rose in the 1975 film, died last week from a longstanding heart ailment, according to media reports. She was 72.
The New York Daily News quotes Edward Lozzi, a spokesman for Moritz, saying: “Her heart just gave out. She died of natural causes. She wasn’t well this last year and had balance problems.”
Moritz, who in recent years became one of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusers, will reportedly remain a part of a defamation lawsuit against Cosby.
The Daily News reports that Moritz “stepped forward in 2014 to say Cosby forced his penis in her mouth in a dressing room before a 1971 appearance on Johnny Carson’s ‘Tonight Show.’ She said the assault took place at NBC studios in New York.”
Commenting on the defamation case, Lozzi said Moritz’s estate will continue to support the legal proceeding. “She was elated about the conviction and also about her defamation lawsuit in Massachusetts,” he said.
During her long career in entertainment, Moritz appeared on many television shows, including “Love American Style,” “The Rockford Files” and “Happy Days.” She was also a panelist on “Match Game.”
Her big-screen appearances included “Death Race 2000” in 1975 and Cheech and Chong’s “Up in Smoke” in 1978.
Lozzi noted that Moritz, who was born Louisa Castro in Cuba, escaped that country in the 1950s. “When she arrived, she couldn’t speak a word of English,” he said. “She became a proud American and had a 50-year career in showbiz.”