Olympia Dukakis, the character actress best known for her Oscar-winning work in Norman Jewison’s “Moonstruck,” and for her role as a wealthy widow in “Steel Magnolias,” has died. year
Dukakis’ brother Apollo Dukakis confirmed her death in a Facebook post, writing: “Olympia Dukakis, my dear sister died this morning in New York City. After months of failing health, she was finally at peace and with her Louise. ”
Allison Levy, her talent agent, also confirmed the actress’s death per NBC News.
Dukakis was 56 when she became famous overnight by flipping her Oscar for “Moonstruck,” in which she played with the film’s extraordinary comic ethnic gusto, including the mother of Cher, Washington Poe’s character. Yost casts Dukakis out to praise: Cher and Nicolas Cage are backed by a great supporting cast, especially Olympia Dukakis, who plays Loretta’s bored mother, Rose, expected to garner attention. From the Oscars “
She called the 1988 victory the “Year of the Dukakii” because it was also the year of the Massachusetts government, her cousin Michael Dukakis was the Democratic presidential nominee. At the ceremony, she held the Oscar over her head and cried, “OK, Michael, let’s go!”
Dukakis, who has also worked on television, received three Oscar nominations, the first for the 1991 television movie “Lucky Day”, the second for “More Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin” in the year. 1998 and the third time in 1999 for the miniseries “Joan of Arc”.
It may have happened before her Oscar changed her destiny. Mike Nicole’s “Working Girl” brought Dukakis a return to the role she regularly has in her career. From her role as director of personnel
The next year, however, she is billed for a third, following John Travolta and Kirstie Alley in the baby comedy Look Who’s Talking, in which she plays Alley’s pregnant mother in a way that is reminiscent of her work. About Moonstruck, she returns in the 1990 sequel.
Herbert Ross’ 1989 hit “Steel Magnolias” starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Dukakis. It attracts women of all ages with a powerful and even more powerful feeling. But Rolling Stone says, “For the real fun, use MacLaine as the city spins and Dukakis as a wealthy widow who distracts her. It’s worthless.”
The actors star alongside Diane Ladd and Ellen Burstyn in the 1993 Bill Duke film The Cemetery Club about three Jewish women who all find themselves widows for a year and have to rebuild their lives. He is new with the character of the prickly Dukakis. And strong-willed
Dukakis is part of a Greek chorus that is either thoughtful, charismatic or bland, depending on who you ask in Woody Allen’s 1995 romantic comedy Mighty Aphrodite, in which the chorus. Commenting on Allen’s character infidelity. Additionally, that year she appeared as the skeptical headmaster in the sentimental Richard Dreyfuss car “Mr. Holland’s play” and as a gay mother in the AIDS drama “Jeffrey.”
The following year, she had a small role in the spirit of Danish actress Bille August’s soul-kicking movie “Jerusalem”. The actress also played a small but powerful role in the father-son Road movie. 2005’s “The Thing About My Folks,” starring Peter Falk and Paul Riser.
In 2006, Dukakis was part of an ensemble cast of “The Great New Wonderful,” a series of vignettes of life in New York City, a year after the 9/11 attacks, and she did a great job in the drama Alzheimer. Sarah Polley’s Away From Her ”starring Julie Christie, in which Ducakis’s character reveals unwavering realistic views about difficult situations – her husband is also a patient al. Zimer as well
She plays the aging grandmother in Jon Cassan’s In the Land of Women, starring Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart and Meg Ryan. But even more interesting is the writer-director Thomas Fitzgerald’s 2011 film Cloudburst, in which Dukakis starred with Brenda Fricker as a lesbian couple who traveled to Canada to get married. Variety says, “Dukakis has overcome even her most memorable earlier moments as the unbearable old woman Stella, determined to set her lover free.”
Her TV credits include playing the colorful matriarch Anna Madrigal, who presided over a San Francisco apartment house on HBO in 1993’s “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” and the result. Sequel to 1998 “Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City,” in which she drew an Emmy nomination; And the third item in 2001, “More Tales of the City”.
Among the many TV films in which Dukakis appeared are HBO and BBC “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells” (2000) starring Judi Dench and Ian Holm and focused on the gathering of women who formed the orchestra. In London during World War II.
Dukakis is a 2004 CBS sitcom Center of the Universe starring John Goodman and Jean Smart. She has also made a guest appearance on a number of TV series voicing “Frasier” and “The Simpsons,” and appeared in “Numbers”; “Law & Order: SVU” as a defense attorney. And HBO’s best detective comedy Bored to Death.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Dukakis graduated from Boston University and studied acting with Peter Cus in Boston.
Dukakis’ first experience in a Broadway play was inadequate studies in 1962 in the original play The Aspern Papers, written by Michael Redgrave based on Henry James stories and starring Maurice Evans and Wendy Hiller. 1963 With her work on Bertolt Brechlt’s Off Broadway on Man Equals Man, she took the stage in 1964 on “Abraham Cochrane”. She returned to Broadway in 1974 for “Who’s Who in Hell.” Peter Ustinov But the action of the story did not prove too long. She had the hugely successful 1986-87 Andrew Bergman’s Social Security directed by Mike Nichols and also starred Ron Silver, Marlo Thomas and Joanna Gleason. In 2000 she starred on Broadway in the Single Women show. “Rose,” in which she plays an 80-year-old Jewish woman in Miami Beach who talks to viewers about her life as well as her experiences in the Holocaust.
She made her television debut in 1962 as an episode of “The Doctors and the Nurses,” and was also a guest on “Dr. Kildare.” The same year the actress made her big screen debut in the 1964 short film. Twice a Man Over the next 10 years, she has had a number of small, often unsecured roles in films, including Peter Yates’s 1969 film “Death Wish” “John and Mary” starring Doug. Stin Hoffman and Mia Farrow Dukakis play the character Hoffman’s mother. She also had a supporting role in 1971’s Made for Each Other starring Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna.
Dukakis is one of the stars of a 1974 political film by writer-director Jules Dassin called “The Rehearsal” about the massacre of students protesting the military government in Greece. Many famous personalities contributed to the film, including Laurence Olivier, Arthur Miller, Melina Mercouri, Maximilian Schell, and Arthur Millet, but when the film was finished, the military government fell and was never shown to the public in this country. Until decades later, in 1975 the actress appeared in the presentation. “Best Performance” of Chekhov’s production “The Seagull” starring Frank Langella, Blythe Danner and Lee Grant. She had a supporting role in Philip Kaufman’s The Wanderers in 1979 and in Taylor Hackford’s “The Idolmaker” in 1980, but despite her earnings from TV movies and On stage for many years But the actress wasn’t until “Moonstruck” in 1987.
Dukakis later taught acting master classes across the United States and elsewhere.In July 2020, a documentary about her life called “Olympia” was released in the United States.
Dukakis’ husband Louis Zorich died in 2018.She is survived by the daughter of actress Christina Zorich and son of Peter and Stefan Zorich.