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Louisa Moritz (born Luisa Cira Castro Netto; September 25, 1936 - January 4, 2019) was a Cuban-American actress and lawyer. After arriving in New York from Cuba, she earned a law degree and became a film and television actress. She is best known for her roles in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with Jack Nicholson and the television show Love, American Style.
Moritz was born in Havana, where she worked as an accountant. Due to the political upheaval of the late 1950s she left Cuba and moved to New York, arriving on July 15, 1960, aged 23. She would later shave ten years off her true age, adopting 1946 as her year of birth. She adopted the last name Moritz after seeing the Hotel St. Moritz in New York City and to avoid association with Fidel Castro, to whom she was distantly related.
On June 25, 2015, she was suspended from the California State Bar. On October 1, 2017, Moritz was disbarred for failure to respond to contact attempts from the California State Bar. She also invested in real estate, owning a hotel in Beverly Hills that she renamed the Beverly Hills St. Moritz, and produced self-defense programs for TV.
After being injured in a fall during a visit to Washington, D.C., Moritz died in a hospital in Los Angeles, aged 82, on January 4, 2019 of natural causes.
Accusations against Bill Cosby
In November 2014, Moritz became one of the first women to accuse Bill Cosby, claiming Cosby sexually assaulted her in the green room for The Tonight Show in 1971. After Cosby accused her of lying, she sued him for defamation; her lawyer planned to continue the lawsuit after her death.