“After many months of health problems, she is finally at peace and with her Luis,” Apollo Dukakis posted on Facebook. Olympia Dukakis’ publicist Alison Levy also confirmed her death to CNN.
Although she had a stage career spanning decades, Dukakis became best known for her role as Rose Castorini, the curious but sensitive Italian mother in the 1987 film Moonstruck, who stole many scenes from Cher, who played her daughter. Dukakis and Cher won Oscars for her performances.
Later roles included Claire Belcher in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias,” in which she encouraged the grieving M’Lean Aytonon, portrayed by Sally Field, to slap Shirley McLain̵
Dukakis died three years after the death of her husband, fellow actor Luis Zorich.
Born in Massachusetts, Dukakis was the first cousin of former Gov. Michael Dukakis, who became a Democratic nominee for president in 1988 but eventually lost to then-Vice President George HW Bush.
Dukakis represented his cousin at the National Congress of the Democratic Party and was also an authorized delegate.