Dukakis in May 2015
June 20, 1931|
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Louis Zorich (1962-2018, his death)|
|Relatives||Michael Dukakis (cousin)|
Olympia Dukakis (born June 20, 1931) is a Greek American actress. She started her career in theater, 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 acting, and 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 Award nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City, and Joan of Arc.
Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alexandra (née Christos) and Constantine S. Dukakis. Her parents were Greek emigrants, her father originally from Turkey and her mother from the Peloponnese. She has a brother named Apollo and is a cousin of Michael Dukakis, 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 appeared in a number 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 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.
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.
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.
2018 Olympia Dukakis stars in Eleftheromania, and follows an Auschwitz survivor as she recites a true story about a group from the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The Nazis enlisted a section of Greek-Jewish prisoners to the horrific task of leading the Hungarian prisoners into gas chambers. They had a night to debate the morality of their situation and vote on whether they would fulfill the task or willfully be killed.
- 2018 Toronto Shorts International Film Festival- Winner "Best Drama"
- 2018 Yorkton Film Festival – Nominee "Golden Sheaf Award"
- 2018 Montreal Greek Film Festival – Official Selection
|1964||Twice a Man||Young mother|
|1969||Stiletto||Mrs. Amato||Uncredited role|
|1969||John and Mary||John's mother|
|1971||Made for Each Other||Mrs. Panimba|
|1973||Sisters||Louise Wilanski||Uncredited role|
|1974||Death Wish||Cop at the precinct||Uncredited role|
|1979||The Wanderers||Joey's Mom|
|1980||The Idolmaker||Mrs. Vacarri|
|1982||National Lampoon Goes to the Movies||Helena Naxos||Segment: "Success Wanters"|
|1985||Walls of Glass||Mary Flanagan|
|1987||Moonstruck||Rose Castorini||Academy 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
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
|1988||Working Girl||Personnel Director|
|1989||Look Who's Talking||Rosie|
|1989||Steel Magnolias||Clairee Belcher||Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|1990||In the Spirit||Sue|
|1990||Look Who's Talking Too||Rosie|
|1992||Over the Hill||Alma Harris|
|1993||The Cemetery Club||Doris Silverman|
|1993||Look Who's Talking Now||Rosie|
|1994||Dead Badge||Dr. Doris Rice|
|1994||The Naked Gun 33 ⅓: The Final Insult||Herself||Uncredited role|
|1994||I Love Trouble||Jeannie|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Principal Helen Jacobs|
|1996||Milk & Money||Goneril Plogg|
|1997||Balkan Island: The Last Story of the Century||Mother|
|1997||Picture Perfect||Rita Mosley|
|2000||Brooklyn Sonnet||Helen Manners|
|2003||The Event||Lila||Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film|
Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
|2005||The Great New Wonderful||Judy Hillerman||Segment: "Judy's Story"|
|2005||The Thing About My Folks||Muriel Kleinman|
|2005||Whiskey School||Ellen Haywood|
|2005||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Sophia Vitello|
|2006||Away from Her||Marian|
|2006||Day on Fire||Dr. Mary Wade|
|2006||Upside Out||Dr. Walker|
|2007||In the Land of Women||Phyllis|
|2011||Cloudburst||Stella||Nominated – Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress|
|2011||Outliving Emily||Emily Hanratty||Short film|
|2013||Montana Amazon||Ira Dunderhead||Also executive producer|
|2013||The Last Keepers||Rosmarie Carver|
|2013||A Little Game||YaYa|
|2015||7 Chinese Brothers||Grandma|
|2015||Emily & Tim||Emily||Segment: "6"|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Aunt Vicky|
|2016||Change in the Air||Margaret Lemke||Post-production|
|1951||Search for Tomorrow||Dr. Barbara Moreno||Television series|
|1962||The Nurses||Ioana Chiriac||Episode: "Frieda"|
|1962||Dr. Kildare||Anna Nieves||Episode: "The Legacy"|
|1974||Nicky's World||Irene Kaminios||Television film|
|1975||Great Performances||Pauline||Episode: "The Seagull"|
|1977||The Andros Targets||Marina Angelis||Episode: "The Beast of Athens"|
|1980||FDR: The Final Years||Television film|
|1980||Breaking Away||Episode: "The Cutters"|
|1982||American Playhouse||Mama Nicola||Episode: "King of America"|
|1982||One of the Boys||Professor||Episode: "His Cheatin' Heart"|
|1982||The Neighborhood||Mrs. St. Paul||Television film|
|1986||The Equalizer||Judge Paula G. Walsh||Episode: "Shades of Darkness"|
|1991||Lucky Day||Katherine Campbell||Television film|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1991||The General Motors Playwrights Theater||Laura Cunningham||Episode: "The Last Act Is a Solo"|
|1991||Fire in the Dark||Emily Miller||Television film|
|1992||Sinatra||Dolly Sinatra||Television miniseries|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|1993||Tales of the City||Anna Madrigal||Television miniseries|
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
|1995||Young at Heart||Rose Garaventi||Television film|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Clara||Episode: "A Joyful Noise"|
|1997||Heaven Will Wait||Diana||Television film|
|1997||A Match Made in Heaven||Helen Rosner||Television film|
|1998||Scattering Dad||Molly||Television film|
|1998||The Pentagon Wars||Madam Chairwoman||Television film|
|1998||More Tales of the City||Anna Madrigal||Television miniseries|
Nominated – 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
|1998||A Life for a Life||Charlotte Kiszko||Television film|
|1999||Joan of Arc||Mother Babette||Television miniseries|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2000||The Last of the Blonde Bombshells||Dinah||Television film|
|2001||And Never Let Her Go||Marguerite Capano||Television film|
|2001||Ladies and the Champ||Sara Stevens||Television film|
|2001||Further Tales of the City||Anna Madrigal||Television miniseries|
|2001||My Beautiful Son||Esther Lipman||Television film|
|2002||Guilty Hearts||Amanda Patterson||Television film|
|2002||The Simpsons||Zelda||Voice role|
Episode: "The Old Man and the Key"
|2002||Frasier||Caller #3||Voice role|
Episode: "Frasier Has Spokane"
|2003||Mafia Doctor||Rose||Television film|
|2003||It's All Relative||Coleen O'Neil||Episode: "Thanks, But No Thanks"|
|2004||The Librarian: Quest for the Spear||Margie Carsen||Television film|
|2004–2005||Center of the Universe||Marge Barnett||12 episodes|
|2006||Numbers||Charlotte Yates||Episode: "Hot Shot"|
|2006||The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines||Margie Carsen||Television film|
|2008||Worst Week||June||Episodes: "The Ring", "The Wedding"|
|2010–2011||Bored to Death||Belinda||4 episodes|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Debby Marsh||Episode: "Pop"|
|2013||The Christmas Spirit||Gwen Hollander||Television film|
|2013–2015||Sex & Violence||Alex Mandalakis||Television miniseries|
Also executive producer
|2013–2015||Forgive Me||Novalea||9 episodes|
|2013||Mike & Molly||Narrator on TV||Episode: "The Princess and the Troll"|
|2014||F to 7th||Marie||Television series|
Episode: "Down to Zero"
|2014||Big Driver||Doreen||Television film|
|2016||TripTank||Ma / Caller||Voice role|
- "Olympian heights". The Guardian. London. June 12, 1999.
- An Interview with Olympia Dukakis (BroadwayWorld.com)
- "Olympia Dukakis: The newest fan of the Chicago way". Chicago Tribune. January 30, 2008.
- "Keck's Exclusives: SVU Secures Oscar Winner Olympia Dukakis". TVGuide.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- IMDb — Biography for Michael Dukakis. Retrieved October 18, 2009.
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