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Published: 0238 GMT May 02, 2021

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis dies at 89

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis dies at 89

Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her performance as a middle-aged mother who advises her headstrong daughter in the 1987 film ‘Moonstruck,’ died at age 89.

Dukakis passed away at her New York City home after months of failing health, according to her agent, Allison Levy, Reuters reported.

Dukakis, the Massachusetts-born daughter of Greek immigrants, worked for decades as a stage, TV and film actor before rocketing to fame at age 56 playing the mother of Cher's character in ‘Moonstruck.’

Dukakis starred in films including ‘Look Who's Talking’ (1989) and sequels with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, ‘Steel Magnolias’ (1989) with Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field and Julia Roberts, director Woody Allen's ‘Mighty Aphrodite’ (1995) and ‘Mr. Holland's Opus’ (1995) with Richard Dreyfuss.

Dukakis, a master of deadpan humor, also was nominated for Emmy awards for TV roles in 1991, 1998 and 1999.

Another Oscar winner, Viola Davis, called Dukakis "the consummate actress" on Twitter. "You made all around you step up their game. A joy to work with. Rest well."

Other films included ‘The Event’ (2003), ‘Better Living’ (1998) with Roy Scheider, ‘Never Too Late’ (1996) with Cloris Leachman, and ‘Dad’ (1989) with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson.

Dukakis in 1962 married Louis Zorich, with whom she had two sons and a daughter and who passed away in 2018. She also had four grandchildren.


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