Hollywood Bids Farewell to the Oscar-Winning Star Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis at the
Olympia Dukakis at the "Tales of the City" premiere in 2019. Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Shutterstock (10267520k)

The Oscar-winning star Olympia Dukakis, best known for her scene-stealing performances in Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias, has passed away at the age of 89. Many of her former co-stars and fellow actors sent condolences to her family and took a moment to celebrate her legacy.

Dukakis died under hospice care at her home in Manhattan, after dealing with health problems for quite some time. Her passing was announced via social media by her brother Apollo.

“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 [late husband] Louis [Zorich],” he wrote on Facebook.

Olympia Dukakis starred in over 130 stage productions, 60 films, and 50 TV shows over the course of her six-decades-long career. Her peak came during the late 80s when she won an Oscar and Golden Globe for her supporting turn in Moonstruck, and also starred in Steel Magnolias and Look Who’s Talking.

In the final years of her life, Dukakis mostly focused on documentaries and voice roles, including the 2018 film about her life titled Olympia. Many of her fellow Hollywood stars took a moment to mourn her passing and celebrate her legacy, including Cher, Viola Davis, and George Takei.