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Remembering Olympia Dukakis: Actress Died at 89

TVOvermind
 2021-05-04

Cover picture for the articleIt 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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