Actress Olympia Dukakis has died aged 89. Her brother Apollo Dukakis shared the news of her death on Facebook this evening. He wrote: “My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City.
“After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis.”
Olympia was an American actress, director, producer, teacher, and activist.
In her career, she acted in over 130 stage productions, over 60 films, and in 50 television series.
The award-winning star was best known for her roles as Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias and Rose Castorini in Moonstruck.
Her other work includes starring in Mr. Holland’s Opus, Jane Austen’s Mafia! and The Thing About My Folks.
As part of her achievements, she received the National Arts Club Medal of Honour and became a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
In 2003, the actress released her autobiography, Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress.
In the book, she detailed the challenges she faced as a first-generation Greek-American, difficulties with her mother and her battle with chronic illness.
Olympia was married to Louis Zorich, who starred in Mad About You.
The couple tied the knot in 1962 and were together up until his death in 2018.
They share three children together; Christina, Peter, and Stefan.
Tributes have flooded in for the late actress on Twitter this evening.
Actor George Takei commented: ‘Olympia Dukakis has departed our company. We were Moonstruck by her, as she told us great Tales of the City.
“A true Steel Magnolia within a more common forest. Ah, what a life force, her later years her best. Rest now among the heavens, Olympia.”
The Oscars tweeted from their account: “Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor and wit to the stage and screen for almost 60 years, including a stellar run of unforgettable roles in ’Steel Magnolias’ ‘Tales of the City’ and ‘Moonstruck,’ for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
“She will be missed.”
A fan added: “ Oscar Winning legend Olympia Dukakis.”
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