Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Cher’s mother in “Moonstruck”
Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis is dead
In her long career, Olympia Dukakis has played in well over 100 stage productions and more than 60 films. She receives the most famous film award for a role that she by no means considers her best.
The US stage and film actress Olympia Dukakis has died at the age of 89. This was unanimously reported by the US media. Her brother Apollo Dukakis wrote on Facebook: “After many months of dwindling health, she is finally at peace and united with her husband (who died in 2018) Louis (Zorich)”. No cause of death was named. Dukakis leaves three children. Accordingly, she died in New York City after months of illness. She leaves behind a daughter and two sons.
Dukakis was born on June 20, 1931 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Initially, the actress of Greek descent made a career in the theater, she only got into the film business later. In 1988 Dukakis received an Oscar for best supporting role as the mother of Loretta aka Cher in “Moonstruck”. Dukakis, who also played in many successful productions at the theater, later expressed her astonishment at being awarded for “Moonstruck” of all things. In her opinion it was “not the best of my roles”.
Dukakis has appeared in dozens of films and TV series, including “Magnolien aus Stahl” (1989), “Look who is speaking” (1989, 1990, 1993), “Die nackte Kanone 33 1/3” (1994 ) and “Beloved Aphrodite” (1995) by Woody Allen. She was most recently seen in the Netflix miniseries “City Stories” (2019).
In addition, Dukakis took part in numerous theater performances. For her TV roles she was nominated for a few Emmys. Dukakis also worked as a director and lecturer.
Her cousin was US presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, whom she cheered on in her 1988 Oscar speech. The Democrat was defeated by the Republican George HW Bush.