Olympia Dukakis

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Olympia Dukakis
OlympiaDukakisHWOFMay2013.jpg
Dukakis at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013
Born(1931-06-20) June 20, 1931 (age 82)
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Louis Zorich (1962-present)
 
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Olympia Dukakis
OlympiaDukakisHWOFMay2013.jpg
Dukakis at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2013
Born(1931-06-20) June 20, 1931 (age 82)
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Louis Zorich (1962-present)

Olympia Dukakis (born June 20, 1931) is a Greek-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[edit]

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.[1][2] 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 alumna 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.

Career[edit]

Olympia Dukakis in the Emmy Awards in 1998

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.

Olympia Dukakis at Malaparte for "Norman Jewison and Friends with Moonstruck".

Dukakis won Academy 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.

She recently directed the world premiere production of Todd Logan's Botanic Garden at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

In the 2008 season of Hartford Stage, Dukakis starred in the revival of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, opposite Kevin Anderson.

In 2008, Dukakis also co-adapted and starred in the world-premiere of Another Side of the Island, based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, at Alpine Theatre Project in Whitefish, Montana.

She starred in and executive-produced the 2009 film Montana Amazon, co-starring Haley Joel Osment.

In 2011, Dukakis guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU. She played the role of Debby Marsh, an attorney.[4]

On May 24, 2013 she was honored with the 2,498th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, in the category of Live Theater.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1964LilithPatientuncredited
1964Twice a ManYoung mother
1969StilettoMrs. Amatouncredited
1969John and MaryJohn's mother
1971Made for Each OtherGig's Mother
1973SistersLouise Wilanskiuncredited
1974Death WishCop at the precinctuncredited
1974Rehearsal, TheThe Rehearsal
1979Rich KidsLawyer
1979Wanderers, TheThe WanderersJoey's Mom
1980Idolmaker, TheThe IdolmakerMrs. Vacarri
1982National Lampoon Goes to the MoviesHelena Naxossegment "Success Wanters"
1985Walls of GlassMary Flanagan
1987MoonstruckRose CastoriniAcademy 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
1988Working GirlPersonnel Director
1989Steel MagnoliasClairee BelcherNominated — American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1989Look Who's TalkingRosie
1989DadBette Tremont
1990Look Who's Talking TooRosie
1990In the SpiritSue
1991Lucky DayKatheribe CampbellTV movie
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1992Over the HillAlma Harris
1992SinatraDollyTV movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1993Look Who's Talking NowRosie
1993Cemetery Club, TheThe Cemetery ClubDoris Silverman
1993Tales of the CityAnna MadrigalNominated — British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
1993DiggerBea
1994I Love TroubleJeannie, Peter's Secretary
1995Mr. Holland's OpusPrincipal Helen Jacobs
1995Mighty AphroditeJocasta
1995JeffreyMrs. Marcangelo
1995Dead BadgeDr. Doris Rice
1996MotherMrs. Jay
1995Young at HeartRose Garaventi
1996Milk & MoneyGoneril Plogg
1996JerusalemMother (Mrs. Gordon)
1997Match Made in Heaven, AA Match Made in HeavenHelen Rosner
1997Picture PerfectRita Mosley
1998Better LivingNora
1998More Tales of the CityAnna MadrigalNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1998Jane Austen's Mafia!Sophia
1998Pentagon Wars, TheThe Pentagon WarsMadam Chairwoman
1999Joan of ArcMother BabetteTV movie
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
2000Brooklyn SonnetHelen Manners
2001Further Tales of the CityAnna Madrigal
2003Charlie's WarCharlie
2003Event, TheThe EventLilaGrand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2005Whiskey SchoolEllen Haywood
20053 NeedlesHilde the Missionary Nun
2005Thing About My Folks, TheThe Thing About My FolksMuriel Kleinman
2005Great New Wonderful, TheThe Great New WonderfulJudy Hillermansegment "Judy's Story"
2005Intended, TheThe IntendedErina
2006Day on FireDr. Mary Wade
2006Away from HerMarian
2006Jesus, Mary and JoeySophia Vitello
2007In the Land of WomenPhyllis
2008Poor Things
2008The Price of ArtEsther
2011Montana AmazonIra
2011CloudburstStellaSeattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
2010-2011Bored to DeathBelinda
2011The Last Keepers
2011Outliving Emilyshort
2012Adventures of the DunderheadsIra
2013Forgive Me (TV series)Novalea
2013Mike & MollyNarrator on TVEpisode: "The Princess and the Troll"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympian heights". The Guardian (London). June 12, 1999. 
  2. ^ An Interview with Olympia Dukakis (BroadwayWorld.com)
  3. ^ "Olympia Dukakis: The newest fan of the Chicago way". Chicago Tribune. January 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Keck's Exclusives: SVU Secures Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 

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