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Birth information

20 June 1931 Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

How tall is Olympia Dukakis?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Louis Zorich

Life Story of Olympia Dukakis

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and TV) fans have discovered what the East coast theater-going audiences had uncovered decades before -- an acting treasure. Her adaptability to various ethnicities (Greek, Italian, Jewish, Eastern European, etc.), as well her chameleon-like versatility in everything from cutting edge comedy to stark tragedy, has kept her in high demand for the past 30 years as of one of Hollywood's topnotch character players.

Olympia Dukakis was born on June 20, 1931, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Greek immigrants, Alexandra (Christos), from the Peloponnese, and Constantine S. Dukakis, from Anatolia. She majored in physical therapy at Boston University, where she graduated with a BA. She practiced as a physical therapist during the polio epidemic. She later returned to her alma mater and entered the graduate program in performing arts and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Publications and Magazines about Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. 2003

What movies did Olympia Dukakis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sex & Violence (2017) , Beneath the Olive Tree (2015) , The Misadventures of the Dunderheads (2012) ,
Actors Filmography
The Secret of the Gods Nadira Repmant, You Can Call Me Eve The Woman, Not To Forget Judge, Broken Links (2016) Arlene, Tales of the City (2019) Anna Madrigal, Switch (2018) Elizabeth, Change in the Air (2018) Margaret Lemke, The Great Unknown (2018) Older Woman, Eleftheromania (2018) Piroska, The Infiltrator (2016) Aunt Vicky, TripTank (2016) Ma / Caller, Forgive Me (2015) Novalea, The Favor (2015) , Emily...

Birth information

20 June 1931 Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

How tall is Olympia Dukakis?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Louis Zorich

Life Story of Olympia Dukakis

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and TV) fans have discovered what the East coast theater-going audiences had uncovered decades before -- an acting treasure. Her adaptability to various ethnicities (Greek, Italian, Jewish, Eastern European, etc.), as well her chameleon-like versatility in everything from cutting edge comedy to stark tragedy, has kept her in high demand for the past 30 years as of one of Hollywood's topnotch character players.

Olympia Dukakis was born on June 20, 1931, in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Greek immigrants, Alexandra (Christos), from the Peloponnese, and Constantine S. Dukakis, from Anatolia. She majored in physical therapy at Boston University, where she graduated with a BA. She practiced as a physical therapist during the polio epidemic. She later returned to her alma mater and entered the graduate program in performing arts and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Publications and Magazines about Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. 2003

What movies did Olympia Dukakis play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Sex & Violence (2017) , Beneath the Olive Tree (2015) , The Misadventures of the Dunderheads (2012) ,
Actors Filmography
The Secret of the Gods Nadira Repmant, You Can Call Me Eve The Woman, Not To Forget Judge, Broken Links (2016) Arlene, Tales of the City (2019) Anna Madrigal, Switch (2018) Elizabeth, Change in the Air (2018) Margaret Lemke, The Great Unknown (2018) Older Woman, Eleftheromania (2018) Piroska, The Infiltrator (2016) Aunt Vicky, TripTank (2016) Ma / Caller, Forgive Me (2015) Novalea, The Favor (2015) , Emily...

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

First cousin of Michael Dukakis and sister of Apollo Dukakis.

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Cousin of 1988 Democratic US presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

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Olympia Dukakis and Nina Siemaszko in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

She and Anita Gillette have had the same on-screen love interest twice: Larry Haines on Search for Tomorrow (1951) and Vincent Gardenia in Moonstruck (1987).

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Olympia Dukakis and Donald Moffat in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Her Best Supporting Actress Oscar statuette was stolen from her home kitchen in 1989. The burglar left only her nameplate.

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Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Attended and graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Grandmother of Isabella, Sofia, Luka and Erlinda.

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Studied acting with Peter Kass in Boston, and teaches master classes at studios and universities around the world.

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Was 3 months pregnant with her daughter Christina Zorich when she completed her run of the Off-Broadway play "Electra".

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Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Colin Ferguson, Paul Hopkins, etc.

Daughter of Greek immigrants Constantine "Costa" (1899-1975) and Alexandra "Alec" (née Christos) Dukakis (1901-1994).

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Underwent a nose job in 1949 to remove a bump at the bridge of her nose.

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Olympia Dukakis and Jackie Burroughs in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Worked as a physical therapist in the 1950s in order to earn enough to train as an actress.

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Olympia Dukakis, Jackie Burroughs, and Nina Siemaszko in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Her favorite actress is Geraldine Page.

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Olympia Dukakis and Whip Hubley in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Returned to work 6 months after giving birth to her daughter Christina Zorich to begin performing on stage in "The Rose Tattoo".

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theater at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 24, 2013.

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Olympia Dukakis and Whip Hubley in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Was the 95th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Moonstruck (1987) at The 60th Annual Academy Awards (1988) on April 11, 1988.

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Olympia Dukakis in Sweet Home San Francisco (1998)

Is one of 25 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Moonstruck (1987). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class (1973)), Lee Grant (Shampoo (1975)), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall (1977)), Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)), Jessica Lange (Tootsie (1982)), Cher (Moonstruck (1987)), Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy (1989)), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny (1992)), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets (1997)), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).

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Olympia Dukakis and Donald Moffat in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 33, a daughter Christina Zorich on February 28, 1965. Child's father is her husband, Louis Zorich.

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 37, a son Peter Zorich on September 19, 1968. Child's father is her husband, Louis Zorich.

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Olympia Dukakis and Chloe Webb in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 39, a son Stefan Zorich on February 4, 1971. Child's father is her husband, Louis Zorich.

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Olympia Dukakis and Donald Moffat in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

Appeared in two films with Vincent Gardenia: Death Wish (1974) and Moonstruck (1987).

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

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Olympia Dukakis and Caldwell Tidicue in Stadtgeschichten (2019)

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Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney in Stadtgeschichten (2019)

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Olympia Dukakis in Stadtgeschichten (2019)

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Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney, Garcia, and May Hong in Stadtgeschichten (2019)

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Olympia Dukakis, Noah Wyle, etc.

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Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, and Diane Ladd in Die sieben besten Jahre (1993)

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Olympia Dukakis in Die sieben besten Jahre (1993)

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Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, and Diane Ladd in Die sieben besten Jahre (1993)

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Jack Lemmon and Olympia Dukakis in Dad (1989)

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Kevin Spacey, Ted Danson, and Olympia Dukakis in Dad (1989)

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Nick Nolte and Olympia Dukakis in I love Trouble - Nichts als Ärger (1994)

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Olympia Dukakis and Roy Scheider in Better Living (1998)

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Olympia Dukakis in Geschichten aus San Francisco (1993)

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Olympia Dukakis and Bryan Cranston in The Infiltrator (2016)

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Benjamin Bratt, Olympia Dukakis, and Bryan Cranston in The Infiltrator (2016)

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Olympia Dukakis in Day on Fire (2006)

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Olympia Dukakis and Maria Bello in Big Driver (2014)

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