LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Oscar-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, known for her roles in “Moonstruck” and “Steel Magnolias,” died Saturday at the age of 89.
Her brother, Apollo, shared the news Saturday in a Facebook post saying, “My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City. After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis.”READ MORE: Palisades Fire: Hundreds Under Evacuation, 1 Detained For Questioning In Arson Investigation
Dukakis is also known for her roles in “Working Girl” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”
Following the news of her passing, she was praised on social media by Hollywood.
“Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor, and wit to the stage and screen for almost 60 years, including a stellar run of unforgettable roles in `Steel Magnolias’ `Tales of the City’ and `Moonstruck,’ for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She will be missed,” the Academy of Motion Pictures tweeted Saturday.
Wrote This Hrs Ago,But Didn’t hit Twt😔.Heard Olympia Was Sick So Called Her Daughter & Said Could I Talk 2 Her.She Said
“She might Not HEAR or SPEAK”.I Called In2 The Receiver”Olympia It’s Cher,I ❤️You”.Remember Moonstruck,She Said
“oh cher,I❣️you”She Was Weak But Happy. RIP O
— Cher (@cher) May 1, 2021
“Brilliant, strong, hilarious soul. An actor’s actor. Rest In Peace Olympia Dukakis,” actor Bradley Whitford tweeted.
“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,” tweeted actor George Takai.READ MORE: Israel Continues Air Assault On Gaza Strip, Almost 200 Palestinians Killed
What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her. She was a gift..unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace my friend Olympia.
— Sally Field (@sally_field) May 2, 2021
“RIP to my old Montclair neighbor, beautiful artist and co-founder of the Whole Theater company, Olympia Dukakis,” actor Alex Winter tweeted.
“Oympia 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,” actor Michael McKean tweeted.
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013 for her work in the live theater.
She is survived by their children Christina, Peter and Stefan.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Outside Hacienda Heights Gas Station
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