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actor , television actor , film actor

Olympia Dukakis, American Actress. Recipient 2 Obie awards, Los Angeles Film Critics award, 1988. Delaware Democratic National Convention, 1988. Member Actor's Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation television and Radio Artists.

Background

Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Constantine S. Dukakis and Alexandra (née Christos). Her parents were Greek immigrants to the United States, her father from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese.

Education

She is an alumna of Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Boston University.

Career

She received another Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra, and Emmy nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City and Joan of Arc. 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.

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. 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.

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.

Achievements

  • She started her career in the theatre, and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her Off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man. She later transitioned to film work and in 1987 she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Moonstruck. Dukakis has held a 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. 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 Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Moonstruck and was nominated for the Canadian Academy Award for The Event.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Appeared in over 125 productions for regional theatres, New York Shakespeare Theatre, Circle Repertory Theatre, American Place Theatre and numerous Off-Broadway theatres. Appearances on stage include A Mother, Mother Courage, The Rose Tattoo, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Sea Gull, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Iphegenia in Aulis, Othello, Miss Julie, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Night of the Iguana, King of America, Social Security, Rose, 2005. Appearances in film include Lilith, 1964, Twice a Man, 1964, John and Mary, 1969, Made for Each Other, 1971, Death Wish, 1974, Rich Kids, 1979, The Wanderers, 1979, The Idolmaker, 1980, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, 1982, Flanagan, 1985, Moonstruck, 1988 (Golden Globe, Academy Award Suppporting Actress), Working Girl, 1988, Steel Magnolias, 1988, Look Who's Talking, 1988, Dad, 1989, In the Spirit, 1990, Look Who's Talking II, 1990, Over the Hill, 1992, Look Who's Talking Now, 1993, The Cemetery Club, 1993, I Love Trouble, 1994, Digger, 1994, Jeffrey, 1995, Mighty Aphrodite, 1995, Mr.

      Holland's Opus, 1996, Dead Badge, 1995, Picture Perfect, 1997, Never Too Late, 1997, Jane Austen's Mafia!, 1998, A Life for a Life, 1998, Better Living, 2000, Brooklyn Sonnet, 2000, The Intended, 2002, The Event, 2003, Charlie's War, 2003, Jesus, Mary and Joey, 2003, The Great New Wonderful, 2005, The Thing About My Folks, 2005, A Mother, A Daughter, And A Gun, 2005, 3 Needles, 2005, Whisky School, 2005, Jesus, Mary and Joey, 2006, Away from Her, 2006, Day on Fire, 2006, In the Land of Women, 2007. (television films) Nicky's World, 1974, The Neighborhood, 1982, The Last Act is a Solo, 1990 (Ace award), Lucky Day, 1991, Fire in the Dark, 1991, Sinatra: The Mini-Series, 1992, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, 1994, A Century of Women, 1994, Young at Heart, 1995, A Match Made in Heaven, 1997, Scattering Dad, 1998, The Pentagon Wars, 1998, More Tales of the City (mini-series), 1998, Joan of Arc, 1999, Last of the Blonde Bombshells, 2000, And Never Let Her Go, 2001, Ladies and the Champ, 2001, Further Tales of the City (mini-series), 2001, My Beautiful Son, 2001, Guilty Hearts (mini-series), 2002, Mafia Doctor, 2003, Babycakes, 2003, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, 2004, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, 2006. (television series) Center of the Universe, 2004.

Membership

Delaware Democratic National Convention, 1988. Member Actor's Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation television and Radio Artists.

Connections

Married Louis Zorich, December 5, 1962. Children: Christina, Peter, Stefan.

father:
Constantine S. Dukakis

mother:
Alexandra (Christos) Dukakis

spouse:
Louis Zorich

children:
Stefan Dukakis

Peter Dukakis

Christina Dukakis