Olympia Dukakis, Moonstruck actress and Oscar winner, dead at the age of 89

The stage and film actress Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her appearance in Moonstruck in 1988, has passed away. She was 89 years old.

Dukakis died on Saturday morning, and news of her death was shared on Facebook by her brother Apollo Dukakis. “My beloved sister Olympia Dukakis passed away this morning in New York City,” he wrote. “After many months of poor health, she is finally at peace and with her Louis.”

The actress has starred in more than 120 stage productions, as well as in more than 60 films during her career. In 1988, in addition to her award as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, she won a Golden Globe award for best actress in a supporting role. She also starred on the Look Who’s Talking franchises, Steel Magnolias and Away From Her, along with many others.

On the TV side, Dukakis received three Primetime Emmy nominations for her work on Lucky Day (1991), More Tales of the City (1998), and the mini-series Joan of Arc (1999). She was also nominated for Best Performance by a supporting actress in a series, miniseries, or film for television for her work on the Sinatra miniseries in 1992.

Her recent TV credits have included the Netflix revival of Tales From the City (where she repeated her role as Anna Madrigal from previous iterations of the show) as well as episodes from Mike & Molly, Bored to Death and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Outside of her on-screen work, she published an autobiography in 2003 called Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress. Last year, Olympia, a full-length documentary about her life, was released in the United States.

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