Olympia Dukakis Passes At 89

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis has passed away at 89. Her brother Apollo shared the sad news on Facebook, confirming she died in New York City on Saturday morning “after many months of failing health.”

Dukakis is best known for her Oscar-winning role in “Moonstruck,” starring alongside Cher as her on-screen mother. Born in Massachusetts to Greek immigrant parents, she rose to stardom with her role in “Steel Magnolias,” and was also a drama teacher at New York University for more than 15 years

Hollywood is paying tribute to Dukakis on social media, including her co-star Cher. “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing Academy Award Winning Actress,” Cher writes on Twitter. “She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved [Broadway veteran] Louis [Zorich], Her ‘Handsome Talented,Husband.’ I Talked To Her 3 [weeks] Ago. Rip Dear One.” Here’s what else the stars have to say about Dukakis:

  • Dukakis’ “Steel Magnolias” co-star Sally Field calls her “one of a kind.” “What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her,” she writes. “She was a gift..unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace my friend Olympia.”
  • George Takei is remembering “what a life force” Dukakis was, saying her “later years” were her “best.” “We were Moonstruck by her, as she told us great Tales of the City,” he writes. “A true Steel Magnolia within a more common forest.”
  • Alex Winter is paying tribute to his “old Montclair neighbor,” remembering her as a “beautiful artist.”
  • Michael McKean remembers sage advice from Dukakis as an acting teacher. “She would tell us: Don’t forget that the reason you wanted to do this was that it looked like fun. And it is,” he writes. “Amid the sweat and the angst, don’t forget the fun.”

Check out these and more tributes below.


Source: Apollo Dukakis