Veteran actress Olympia Dukakis has passed away with over 200 roles in stage, film and television production. The beloved actress, perhaps best known for her Oscar-winning role crazy (1987), died on Saturday morning according to a Facebook post by his brother Apollo Dukakis. No cause of death was given, but Apollo said Olympia had been suffering for months. She was 89 years old.
“my sweet sister, Olympia DukakisDied in New York City this morning, “Apollo wrote, including an image of Olympia.” He is finally at peace with his Louis after several months of failing health. “
Apollo is referring to Olympia’s late husband Louis Jorich, who passed away years ago; The pair had been married since 1962 and had three children. Zorich was also an actor best known as Burt Buchman, the father of Paul Reiser’s father, Paul Buchman, on the 1990s sitcom mad about You. He also appeared in several projects with Dukakis, with frequent collaborations over the years. Sadly, Zorich died at the age of 93 in 2018.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1931, Dukakis studied in physical therapy and later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University. By the mid-1960s, he shifted his focus to business to bring his acting talent to the stage. In 1963, she earned an OB Award for Best Actress for her Off-Broadway performance Man equal man, One of more than 130 stage productions he has worked on.
After gaining success on stage, Duakis began playing roles in various films in the 60s and 70s, including the role of Brian Pal. Sister’s With Margot Kidder; Charles bronson action film death wish; And classic comedy National lampoon goes to the movies. During this time, actresses will also appear on television, such as performing roles in classic shows Get away, one of the boys, And American playhouse.
Perhaps Olivia’s biggest role was Rose Castrini crazyThe acclaimed romantic comedy which also starred Cher and Nicholas Cage. Her performance brought tremendous acclaim to Dukakis, resulting in a major win at the Academy Awards with a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film also selected Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Cher.
Other films by Dukakis’ body include roles in films Steel magnolias, The Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult, Mr. Holland’s Opus, And this look who’s Talking Movies. His television work includes such titles The equalizer, Simpson, Frazier, And Sex and violence. She earned an Emmy nomination for her roles Joan of Arc, Sinatra, More tales of the city, And tv movie Lucky Day. The Duchess was also the subject of Harry Mavromichalis’s acclaimed documentary Olympia, Which documented her life and career. The film was released last year.
The actress, activist and philanthropist was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013 with her own star. This is just a small way to keep Duakis’s legacy alive forever, even though the beloved actress is no longer with us. In this difficult time, our thoughts go out to the family. Perhaps she is resting in peace. This news comes to us from Apollo Dukakis.