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Oscar Winner And 'Moonstruck' Actress Olympia Dukakis Dies At Age 89

Oscar Winner And 'Moonstruck' Actress Olympia Dukakis Dies At Age 89

May this gentle soul rest in peace!

Olympia Dukakis, the legendary stage performer and the winner of an Academy Award for the best supporting role as Cher's mother in 'Moonstruck' has died at the age of 89. As reported by Hollywood Reporter, she passed away in New York and her brother, Apollo, took to Facebook to disclose this saddening news. He wrote: "After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her [husband] Louis."

 



 

 

Olympia has left behind a legacy that is unparalleled. Apart from being a great stage performer, she taught drama at NYU for over 15 years and helped shape the future of numerous artists who learned a lot from her. She was also the founder of The Charles Playhouse in Boston and the Whole Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, which are among the most prominent regional theatres in the country.

 



 

 

Among just a few of her highly memorable performances were as Clairee Belche in Herbert Ross' Steel Magnolias (1989);  a personnel director in Working Girl (1988); and a principal in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).

 



 

 

According to the Hollywood Reporter: "After years toiling on the stage, Dukakis, then in her mid-fifties, turned heads as the nagging Sicilian wife and mother Rose Castorini in Norman Jewison's Moonstruck (1987). She also won a Golden Globe and top honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review for her career-defining performance."

 



 

 

With the news of her passing, celebrities came forward with their condolence messages and remembered the woman who had contributed so much to the entertainment industry through these years.