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 Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress.Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was— Cher (@cher) May 1, 2021
That Of a Suffering Wife, We😂ALL The Time.She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis,Her”Handsome Talented,Husband”.I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One pic.twitter.com/RcCZaeKFmz
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.
Moonstruck is my favorite movie and Rose was my favorite character (Not an easy choice since they were all so brilliant). ❤️🙏🏻 I shared my reverence a few moments ago. pic.twitter.com/hYQdGnOsjT— Randy Willcox (@RandyWillcox) May 1, 2021
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).
Farewell Olympia Dukakis and thank you for everything- especially Mrs Madrigal.— Damian Barr (@Damian_Barr) May 1, 2021
“Listen dear, when you get this old lady, you get her for life." #TalesOfTheCity #OlympiaDukakis #ArmisteadMaupin #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/BnEVqmoXN1
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."
So. so sad to hear of #OlympiaDukakis’s passing. I had the great joy of playing her son - twice. Such a radiant, powerful and supremely talented woman. I feel blessed to have known her. RIP “Ma.” I will always smile at the thought of you and sweet Louis together.— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) May 1, 2021
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.
RIP #OlympiaDukakis. Her line in "Moonstruck," courtesy of John Patrick Shanley, when she is propositioned by a man not her husband, and turns him down, has helped many people struggling with breaking a vow or a promise. Why doesn't she fool around? "Because I know who I am." pic.twitter.com/GU0ohrzVvU— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) May 2, 2021
Olympia Dukakis, you are forever an icon. Steel Magnolias, Tales of the City, Look who’s talking...loved you in all of it. But you’ll always be in my heart with your lovely performance in one of my favorite movies: Moonstruck ❤️RIP #OlympiaDukakis pic.twitter.com/f8dgm5hlh9— Zacary Landolt (@ZacaryWITHnoH) May 1, 2021