Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1987 hit Moonstruck also participates in Away from her, the three See who’s talking movies and Opus of Mr. Holland, died today at his home in New York. She was 89 years old and had been in poor health for some time.
“My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, died this morning in New York,” wrote her brother Apollo, who confirmed his death on his Facebook page. “After many months of deteriorating health, she is finally at peace with her [husband] Louis [Zorich]. “The cause of death is yet to be determined.
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Her television credits include the 1993 transgender drama. Tales about the city and its 1998 sequel, which earned her an Emmy nomination. Dukakis also appeared in Netflix’s 2019 revival, titled The Tales of the City of Armisted Mopin.
Dukakis is a theater veteran who later made gold in the film business. She was 56 when she played Cher’s sardonic mother, Rose Castorini, in Norman Joyson’s classic romantic comedy Moonstruck. Her performance as a woman, too connected to her daughter’s love life, earned her an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA nomination.
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1988 was a year in a prominent position outside the Oscars, as Dukakis’ cousin, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, was the Democratic nominee for president. She stumbled over him during her Oscar speech, shouting, “Okay, Michael, let’s go!”
A lifelong activist and philanthropist, Dukakis won a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
Born on June 20, 1931 in Lowell, Massachusetts, she is the daughter of immigrants from southern Greece. This upbringing shapes her life, which makes her appear on stage as a means of expression.
She graduated from Boston University with a degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in performing arts. He then began his career in New York. Debuted in The documents from Aspern in 1962. That same year, she married actor-producer Luis Zorich, best known for her hit comedy NBC Crazy about you decades later. They had three children.
In 1963, she won the Obie Award for The man is a manand then a second two years later in Beth and Boo’s marriage.
Her work in the Broadway comedy Social security playing Marlo Thomas’ mother was her movie ticket.
She and Zorich founded Charles Playhouse in Boston and the Whole Theater in Moncler, New Jersey in the 1970s, appearing together in several productions. She has also taught drama at New York University.
There is no immediate information about the memorial plans.