Olympia Dukakis, who died Saturday aged 89, made an indelible mark with a career in film, television and theater spanning nearly six decades. She won an Oscar for supporting actress in 1987 for Moonstruck, directed by Norman Jewison, at the age of 56, and has appeared in numerous other cult films, including Steel Magnolias. (Click the image above to launch the photo gallery.)
In the previous picture, Dukakis was seen as Rose Castorini, mother of Cher’s Loretta. In the latter, she played Clairee Belcher, the cheerful widow of a southern mayor who is known for her love of gossip. On the big screen, other major credits from the actress include Look Who’s Talking, Over the Hill, I Love Trouble, and Picture Perfect.
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On the TV side, she is remembered as matriarch Anna Madrigal in the PBS adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. The actress also appeared in a Netflix revival of the series that debuted in 2019.
Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1931 and first appeared in an episode of the CBS drama The Doctors and the Nurses in 1962. Currently, the actress has another feature in post-production, which is Valerio Zanoli’s drama Not To Forget.
On stage, the icon has starred in many plays including Man Equals Man and The Chekov Cycle, directing productions of titles such as Orpheus Descending. In particular, she founded her own theater company, the Whole Theater Company, with her husband Louis Zorich in Montclair, New Jersey.