“Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids.”
During a break from filming “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Jack Nicholson (left) talks with the film’s production manager Joel Douglas (center) and producer Michael Douglas (right). On this day in 1976, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” became the second film in Oscar history to win awards in the Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay categories - the first being “It Happened One Night” (1934). “The Silence of the Lambs” achieved the elusive feat in 1992.