May 17, 2021

Oscar-winning ‘Moonstroke’ actress Olympia Dukokis has passed away

“After many months of ill health, he is finally at peace with Louis,” said his brother, Apollo Dukokis. Posted on Facebook. His agent, Alison Levy, also reported his death on CNN.

The family said in a statement that Dukakis died “by his side” along with his daughter Christina Zorich.

“Thank you to your brother Apollo Dukakis, his sons Stephen and Peter Zorich and four grandchildren for your loving, prayerful and loving memories during this difficult time,” the family said.

Although she has had a stage career for decades, Dokakis is best known for her portrayal of the noisy but sensitive Italian mother Rose Castorini in the 1987 film “Moonstroke” who stole several scenes starring her daughter, Serin.

At the 1988 Academy Awards, Dukokis won Best Supporting Actress, while Cher won Best Actress for her performance in the film.

In later roles, Claire Belcher slaps Shirley McLean’s character in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias”, a sad M’line character portrayed by Sally Field, as “Knock on her lights, M’line!”

Throughout her fame, the actress appeared on more than 130 Broadway productions, including the Broadway plays “The Osborne Papers,” “Abraham Cochrane” and one of her female plays, “Rose.” According to IMDB.

Her television roles include transgender owner Anna Matrix’s 1993 short story “Tales of the City”. According to the IMDB, he reviewed the sequel to “More Tales of the City” in 1998 and “More Tales of the City” in 2001.

The fourth edition, “Armised Moppins Tales of the City” was streamed on Netflix in 2019. Dukakis reappeared in the miniseries, which was his last television role.

Dukakis passed away three years after the death of her husband co-star Luis Zorich. The couple married in 1962 and co-operated with The Whole Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, directing from 1971 to 1990, according to IMDP.

A native of Massachusetts and the daughter of Greek immigrants, Dukakis was the first cousin of former state governor Michael Dukakis, who became the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, but eventually lost to then-vice president George HW Bush.

Dukakis introduced his cousin to the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta in 1988 and also served as a delegate.