Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis has passed away, aged 89

'Olympia brought warmth, humor and wit to the stage and screen.'

Legendary screen actress and Academy Award winner, Olympia Dukakis, has passed away at 89.

Her brother Apollo, broke the sad news on Saturday, posting on Facebook to update fans that his sister has passed in New York City.

He said, "After many months of failing health, she is finally at peace and with her husband, Louis.”


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.

Posted by Apollo Dukakis on Saturday, May 1, 2021

Dukakis had a successful career in theatre but didn’t experience 'Hollywood' fame until later in life.

It wasn't until her mid-50s, that she made her transition to the silver screen, when director Norman Jewison saw her in a performance on Broadway, and cast her as the sharp-tongued mother of Cher’s character in Moonstruck for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1988.

She was also a much beloved character in the 90s movie Steel Magnolias. How can we forget this touching funeral scene as M'Lynn (Sally Field) grieves for her daughter, and when she expresses a desire to hit something, Clairee (Olympia Dukakis) suggests slapping Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine).

Olympia also starred in the movies “Working Girl," “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Look Who’s Talking,” and many, many more.

Tributes have flooded in from Hollywood, including her friends Sally Field, Kirstie Alley, Cher... and The Academy.



Vale, Olympia Dukakis. Now your star shines brightly in the sky. 

Source: YouTube/MovieClips/Twitter/Cher/SallyField/KirstieAlley/TheAcademy

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