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Olympia Dukakis, 2011
June 20, 1931 |
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Louis Zorich (1962-present)|
Olympia Dukakis (born June 20, 1931) is an American actress. In 1987, she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Moonstruck. She received another Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra, and Emmy nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City and Joan of Arc.
Personal life 
Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alexandra (née Christos) and Constantine S. Dukakis. Her parents were Greek immigrants to the United States, her father from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese. She has a brother, Apollo, and is a cousin of Michael Dukakis, a former governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, for whom she was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She is an alumnus of Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Boston University.
Dukakis has been married to actor Louis Zorich since 1962. They have three children.
Dukakis has held a lengthy career in a diverse range of films, including Steel Magnolias, Mr. Holland's Opus, Jane Austen's Mafia!, The Thing About My Folks, and Moonstruck, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She also played the role of Anna Madrigal in the Tales of the City television mini-series, which garnered her an Emmy Award nomination, and appeared on Search for Tomorrow as Dr. Barbara Moreno, who romanced Stu Bergman. She appears as Dolly Sinatra (Frank's mother) in the mini-series of Frank Sinatra's life (1992). Her Broadway theatre credits include Who's Who in Hell, Social Security, and the one-woman play Rose. Her theater, film, and television work has also won her an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and a Golden Globe.
Dukakis won a BAFTA Award,and a Golden Globe for Moonstruck and was nominated for the Canadian Academy Award for The Event. She provided the voice of Grandpa's love interest for The Simpsons episode "The Old Man and the Key". In 2003, Dukakis published her national bestselling autobiography Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. Recent films include 3 Needles, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, In the Land of Women, and Away From Her, the 2006 film which cast her alongside Gordon Pinsent as the spouses of two Alzheimers patients.
In 1998, she starred as Charlotte Kiszko in the British TV drama A Life for a Life (ITV), based on the real-life story of Stefan Kiszko, a man wrongfully imprisoned for seventeen years for the murder of a child, Lesley Molseed, after police suppressed evidence of his innocence.
On May 24, 2013 she will be honored with the 2,498th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, in the category of Live Theater.
|1964||Twice a Man||Young mother|
|1969||Stiletto||Mrs. Amato, woman accepting perfume||uncredited|
|1969||John and Mary||John's mother|
|1971||Made for Each Other||Gig's Mother|
|1973||Sisters||Louise Wilanski, Bakery Shop Employee #2||uncredited|
|1974||Death Wish||Cop at the precinct||uncredited|
|1979||The Wanderers||Joey's Mom|
|1980||The Idolmaker||Mrs. Vacarri|
|1982||National Lampoon Goes to the Movies||Helena Naxos||segment "Success Wanters"|
|1985||Walls of Glass||Mary Flanagan|
|1987||Moonstruck||Rose Castorini||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer - Motion Picture or TV
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|1988||Working Girl||Personnel Director|
|1989||Steel Magnolias||Clairee Belcher|
|1989||Look Who's Talking||Rosie|
|1990||Look Who's Talking Too||Rosie|
|1990||In the Spirit||Sue|
|1992||Over the Hill||Alma Harris|
|1993||Look Who's Talking Now||Rosie|
|1993||The Cemetery Club||Doris Silverman|
|1994||I Love Trouble||Jeannie, Peter's Secretary|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Principal Helen Jacobs|
|1995||Dead Badge||Dr. Doris Rice|
|1995||Young at Heart||Rose Garaventi|
|1996||Milk & Money||Goneril Plogg|
|1996||Jerusalem||Mother (Mrs. Gordon)|
|1997||A Match Made in Heaven||Helen Rosner|
|1997||Picture Perfect||Rita Mosley|
|1998||Jane Austen's Mafia!||Sophia|
|1998||The Pentagon Wars||Madam Chairwoman|
|1999||Joan of Arc (miniseries)||Mother Babette|
|2000||Brooklyn Sonnet||Helen Manners|
|2003||The Event||Lila||Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
|2005||Whiskey School||Ellen Haywood|
|2005||3 Needles||Hilde the Missionary Nun|
|2005||The Thing About My Folks||Muriel Kleinman|
|2005||The Great New Wonderful||Judy Hillerman||segment "Judy's Story"|
|2006||Day on Fire||Dr. Mary Wade|
|2006||Away from Her||Marian|
|2006||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Sophia Vitello|
|2007||In the Land of Women||Phyllis|
|2008||The Price of Art||Esther|
|2010-2011||Bored to Death||Belinda|
|2011||The Last Keepers|
|2012||Adventures of the Dunderheads||Ira|
- "Olympian heights". The Guardian (London). June 12, 1999.
- An Interview with Olympia Dukakis (BroadwayWorld.com)
- "Olympia Dukakis: The newest fan of the Chicago way". Chicago Tribune. January 30, 2008.
- "Keck's Exclusives: SVU Secures Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Olympia Dukakis at the Internet Movie Database
- Olympia Dukakis at the Internet Broadway Database
- Olympia Dukakis at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Olympia Dukakis at the TCM Movie Database