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For Montclair, it was a ‘privilege and a pleasure’ to know Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis didn’t care much for awards and accolades, her son, Peter Zorich said. But Montclair rallied around one of its own when Dukakis’ 1988 performance in “Moonstruck” won her an Academy Award for best supporting actress — praise for a performance that captured the world’s attention, as Rose Castorini, the sensitive Italian mother of Cher’s Loretta Castorini. Then-Gov. Thomas Kean gave her a sendoff when she flew to Hollywood for the ceremony; Montclair gave her a parade when she returned.
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Remembering Olympia Dukakis: Actress Died at 89

It could be said that this year keeps delivering hits that are every bit as hard as 2020 but that wouldn’t be accurate. Instead, the passing of Olympia Dukakis should remind us that enjoying those we have while they’re here is important since at one point in time they’re going to be gone, and all that will be left are the memories. It’s amazing what a person can learn about someone if they just read up a little since Olympia had a degree in physical therapy and helped people with polio when she was much younger. She was also an exceptional athlete and a fencing champion in her youth, which is impressive to learn about. But her acting career is what many people remember her for and as one of the more talented women in the field Olympia rose to prominence after a great deal of time spent on the stage. From the theater to TV to the movies she had a style that wasn’t so unique that it couldn’t be used by anyone else, but pretty much like anyone else she had a style that was still her own since she proved to be one of the great older actresses as she matured, the type that could spout a sarcastic reply whenever it was needed and was witty beyond belief when it suited her needs. In quite a few movies she was one of the most noticed actresses in the cast, but in a couple of them, she couldn’t help but be noticed for various reasons since she was just that good and ended up kind of upstaging a few of the other actors, hopefully not by design. Her passing is a sad one to be certain, but after a period of illness, she died on May 1st, a month or so shy of her 90th birthday.
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Remembering Olympia Dukakis, the Smartest Grande Dame in the Room

Olympia Dukakis, who died on May 1 at 89, had a face like no one else’s. Stern but perpetually amused, with a warm leer of a grin that could light up a scene, she looked like the comedy and tragedy masks fused together. That’s a fitting reference, since Dukakis was of Greek heritage and, in a stage career that stretched back to 1961, appeared in classics from “Electra” to “Titus Andronicus” to “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Yet even when she was carving out her place in movies and TV, often cast as the Grande Dame Who’s Smarter Than Anyone in the Room (it’s telling that she took on that role as far back as the 1969 Dustin Hoffman/Mia Farrow trifle “John and Mary,” when she was just 38), the Dukakis face, part cherub and part statue, made it seem that whatever reality she was confronting, she saw the absurdity of it, and the heartbreak as well. She hopscotched from one ethnicity to the next: Italian in “Moonstruck,” Southern aristocrat in “Steel Magnolias,” Jewish in films like “The Cemetery Club.” But that was because of the universal language of which Dukakis was the grandmaster. In role after role, she spoke mom: imperious, testy, kind, haughty and, in the end, always looking out for you.
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Steel Magnolia stars Dolly Parton and Sally Field remember Olympia Dukakis: 'She was a gift'

Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis passed away Saturday at the age of 89 and her Steel Magnolia costars Dolly Parton and Sally Field paid tributes to their friend on Monday. "I was so sorry to hear that Olympia Dukakis had passed away," Parton told The Today Show in a statement on Monday. "She has been one of my favorite people that I have ever known or worked with. I really got very close to her and felt like we were good friends. Even though I didn't get to see her much, I thought of her often and knew that she was such a quality human being. She will be missed by her fans, her family, and those of us that were lucky enough to get to know her personally."
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Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis dies aged 89

Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis has died aged 89, her family has announced. The Hollywood star - who won an Academy Award for her role 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck - was "at peace" after suffering ill health, her brother wrote in a statement. "After many months of failing health she is...
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Olympia Dukakis, star of film and Broadway, is remembered after her death at 89

Score up to 40% off MZ Wallace bags, ProFlowers and more Mother's Day gifts. We apologize, this video has expired. From Hollywood films like “Moonlighting” to Broadway plays, Oscar-winning actress Olympica Dukakis is being remembered this morning by her fans and former colleagues. She died over the weekend at the age of 89. NBC’s Joe Fryer looks back on her life and legacy.
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Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ star, dies

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actor whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89. Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City, according to Allison Levy,...
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Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning star, dies

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. — Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actor whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89. Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City, according to Allison Levy, her...
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Oscar Winner, and BU Alum, Olympia Dukakis Dies at 89

Actor was “a model for how to go out into the world and realize your dreams”. In a career that spanned more than six decades, actor Olympia Dukakis appeared in classic stage plays like Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Sophocles’ Electra, and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, but it was her performance as Cher’s sardonic mother, Rose Castorini, in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck that brought her fame—and an Academy Award for best supporting actress.