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CAST > Kai Winn Adami
BY: Louise Fletcher
FULL NAME: Winn Adami
POSITION/OCCUPATION: Religious leader
RANK/TITLE: Vedek; became Kai in "The Collaborator"
FAMILY: none mentioned
During the Occupation, Winn Adami rose through the ranks of the Bajoran
religious hierarchy in her original sect (a small one with orthodox
views). At some point in her life, she spent five years in a Cardassian
prison camp, during which she was beaten for teaching the Bajoran
religion. Also during the Occupation, as a Ranjen, she convinced the
vedek of her order to let her bribe several Cardassians for small acts
of leniency toward the Bajorans. One such act was the "accidental"
rerouting of a transport taking 100 Bajorans to the capital for
As Vedek Winn, she first came to the attention of DS9's officers in "In
the Hands of the Prophets", when she came to the station and started a
conflict between the Bajorans there and the Federation. Winn had staged
the controversy to lure Bareil to DS9 to be assassinated, which was
suspected but not provable.
In "The Circle" and "The Siege", Winn worked secretly with Minister Jaro,
but adroitly distanced herself when the evidence came to light that the
Circle's coup was supplied by the Cardassians. Later that year, in "The
Collaborator", she gave asylum to Kubus Oak in exchange for information
incriminating Bareil in the Kendra Valley massacre, which she forced
Kira to investigate. Winn was elected Kai after Bareil withdrew.
Kai Winn negotiated a peace treaty with Cardassia in "Life Support",
taking advantage of Bareil's sense of duty by continuing to rely on his
advice despite his precarious condition, and showing no regret of her
role in his eventual death.
After the death of Kalem Apren, Winn acted as First Minister pro tem,
and nearly started a civil war when she tried to force Shakaar to return
some soil reclamators. She stepped down, however, when Shakaar declared
his candidacy for First Minister ("Shakaar").
Winn's next appearance was in "Rapture", when she came to the station
for the formalizing of Bajor's entry into the Federation. When Sisko had
several prophetic visions, and found the legendary city of B'Hala, Winn
actually seemed finally convinced that he was the Emissary. She later
turned to him for advice when the Dominion approached her about a
non-aggression pact, in "In the Cards".
In "The Reckoning", Winn came to DS9 to urge Sisko to return the tablet
he had taken from B'Hala. She was present when the Reckoning began
between a Prophet and a pah-wraith, but, lacking faith in the outcome,
she then went to Ops and triggered a buildup of chroniton radiation,
driving the beings away and disrupting the battle, thus leaving Bajor's
future in grave doubt. Kira guessed accurately that Winn was resentful
of having to share her power as Bajor's spiritual leader with the
She finally got what she had wanted all her life in "'Til Death Do Us
Part": a vision from what she thought were the Prophets, telling her to
expect a guide who would aid her in the restoration of Bajor. When a
Bajoran farmer named Anjohl arrived, she welcomed him, and began a
romantic liaison, unaware that he was actually Gul Dukat in disguise. In
"Strange Bedfellows", however, Winn underwent a spiritual crisis when
the beings she had been communicating with revealed themselves as the pah-wraiths, and when Anjohl urged her to join the "true gods of Bajor".
However, rather than step down as Kai, she chose to finally reject the
Prophets as she felt they had rejected her, and vowed to destroy them
and their Emissary.
Winn retreated to her study on Bajor to research the Text of the Kosst
Amojan for information on how to free the pah-wraiths. The pages were
blank until after Winn's aide Solbor unmasked Anjohl as Gul Dukat. Winn
stabbed Solbor to death, and dripped the blood onto the book, which
revealed the evil writing contained on the pages ("The Changing Face of
Evil"). Later, she took a certain pleasure in having Dukat put out on
the street to beg when he was blinded for trying to read the text
himself ("When It Rains...").
In "What You Leave Behind", Winn had completed her study of the Text
when Dukat returned, his vision restored. Together they entered the Fire
Caves, and Winn began the ritual to free the pah-wraiths. She poisoned
Dukat as a sacrifice to them, but they knocked her down and possessed
his body instead of hers. When Sisko arrived, Winn seemed to have a
last-minute change of heart, calling out a warning about the book before
she was incinerated in a column of fire.
in Birmingham, Alabama to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his
wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to
performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After
graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, she took
a trip out west with her roommates, finding herself in Los Angeles
without enough money to return home. She took a temporary job as a
receptionist and signed up for acting classes at night. Soon she was
working regularly in television and film, but after marrying producer
Jerry Bick and having two sons, the actress took a long hiatus to raise
her children. Returning to work in 1974 in Robert Altman's Thieves Like
Us, Fletcher came to the attention of director Milos Forman, who was
casting the difficult role of the nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
Nest. She won the role - and then the Academy Award - portraying deadly,
inflexible Nurse Ratched, who has since become a cultural icon. Numerous
film roles followed, including co-starring turns with Peter Falk in The
Cheap Detective and with Richard Burton in Exorcist II: The Heretic.
Fletcher has appeared in a number of science fiction and horror classics
such as Firestarter, Brainstorm, and Flowers in the Attic. Though she
earned an Emmy Award nomination for her recurring role on Picket Fences,
Fletcher is perhaps best known to recent television audiences as Kai
Winn from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and as Nora Bloom from the cult