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Olympia Dukakis, Award Winner

Dukakis in BIG DRIVER.

Olympia Dukakis: Best
Supporting Actress, 1987:

Moonstruck (Comedy/Romance – PG)

Olympia Dukakis won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for portraying Rose Castorini, the sardonic mother of Cher in this classic romantic comedy.

About Olympia Dukakis (1931 – )

olympia-photo-1The daughter of Greek immigrants and a former physical therapist, Olympia Dukakis began her acting career as an adult taking acting classes at Boston University one summer. Over the years she has alternated between stage and film.

Olympia Dukakis is the cousin of the 1988 Democratic party presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

Dukakis won a Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of the strong but world weary mother of the leading character, played by Cher, and adamantly faithful wife of a philandering husband, who she calls on the carpet, in the 1987 comedy Moonstruck. She began her movie career with this role, at age 59, after a lifetime career in the theater as an actor and director, in New York.

In 1989 Olympia Dukakis played the mother of a career-minded woman struggling on her own with a new baby in the comedy Look Who's Talking. She played a corporate personnel director in Working Girl, a cheerful widow in Steel Magnolias, and a school principal in Mr. Holland's Opus.

In the 2006 movie Away From Her, Dukakis played the long-suffering wife of a patient with dementia. She becomes involved with the spouse of another dementia patient and that patient is involved with her own husband.

Olympia Dukakis's notable movie credits include...

Death Wish (1974)
Working Girl (1988)
Look Who's Talking (1989)
Dad (1989)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
In The Spirit (1990)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Dead Badge (1999)
Jerusalem (1996)
Milk & Money (1996)
Picture Perfect (1997)
Never Too Late (1997)
Jane Austen's Mafia (1998)
A Life For A Life (1998)
Better Living (1998)
Brooklyn Sonnet (2000)
The Intended (2002)
The Event (2003)
Charlie's War (2003)
The Thing About my Folks (2005)
Jesus, Mary And Joey (2006)
Away From Her (2006)
Day On Fire (2006)
In The Land Of Women (2007)
Birds Of A Feather (2011)
Cloudburst (2011)
Big Driver (2014)

Olympia Dukakis's television credits include...

Tales Of The City (Cable - 2001)
Sinatra (Mini-Series - 1992)
Guilty Hearts (TV Mini-Series - 2002)
More Tales Of The City (TV Mini-Series 1998)


Olympia Dukakis in Working Girl (1988).


Olympia Dukakis in Moonstruck.



Olympia with Dolly Parton in Steel Magnolias (1989).

Olympia-Dukakis-photo-3dukakis-photo-4 Olympia Dukakis in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995).


Olympia Dukakis in Look Who's Talking (1989).


Olympia Dukakis in The Thing About My Folks (2005).




Olympia Dukakis in Picture Perfect (1997).