Dukakis‘ brother announced that she died on Saturday morning (May 1) in New York City after “many months of failing health.”
Best known for her Academy Award-winning work in the movie Moonstruck, Olympia was also known for her roles in Steel Magnolias, Look Who’s Talking, and the series Tales of the City. She most recently starred in the Netflix reboot of the series.
Cher, who played Olympia‘s daughter in Moonstruck, took to Twitter and wrote, “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing, Academy Award Winning Actress. Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck, & Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We😂ALL The Time. She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis, Her ”Handsome Talented, Husband.” I Talked To Her 3 Wks Ago. Rip Dear One.”
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RIP Olympia Dukakis…the consummate actor. You made all around you step up their game. A joy to work with. Rest well. “May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest”.💛💛💛https://t.co/9uC2Ld4rTU
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis was a great actress who loved the work and loved the theatre. She was the acting teacher who spoke to me (and many, many others) with clarity and humor and NO censor. 1/2
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis has departed our company. We were Moonstruck by her, as she told us great Tales of the City. A true Steel Magnolia within a more common forest. Ah, what a life force, her later years her best. Rest now among the heavens, Olympia.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 1, 2021
Some movies you watch because of an actor in it. You don’t need to know what it’s about, what genre, you just know, because that actor is in it, it’s going to be good.
Olympia Dukakis was one of those actors, RIP
— Titus (@TitusNation) May 1, 2021
RIP Olympia Dukakis you wonderful woman, Oscar Winner for ‘Moonstruck,’ Dies at 89 – The Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/tqqc9exYjm
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis was such an impressive talent and woman. She once told me, “l LOVE how strong women are today. They are achieving so much. But what the HELL is up with those shoes?!”
At the time, 5-inch heels were the rage.
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) May 1, 2021
Loved her so much. Rest In Peace Olympia Dukakis ❤️
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) May 1, 2021
Good by Olympia Dukakis. Was an honor to work with you. Rest In Peace. ❤️
Adiós Olympia Dukakis, ha sido un honor trabajar contigo. Descansa en paz ❤️
— Daniela Vega (@danivega) May 1, 2021
Thank U for so many timeless movie moments Olympia Dukakis🎬💔
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) May 1, 2021