One of Dukakis’s most memorable roles was also one of her last: In 1993, Dukakis earned accolades for originating the role of Anna Madrigal in Armistead Maupin’s groundbreaking PBS miniseries Tales of the City. Dukakis married fellow stage actor Louis Zorich in 1992, and together they went on to co-found the Whole Theater Company in Montclair, New Jersey, where she served as artistic director. She would revive the role in the show’s 1998 and 2001 follow-ups, as well as in Netflix’s Tales of the City revival in 2019. On Twitter, colleagues and fans are remembering her as a talented actress, a friend, and a teacher. According to a Facebook post made by her brother, Dukakis died in New York City on Saturday, May 1. She was the acting teacher who spoke to me (and many, many others) with clarity and humor and NO censor. pic.twitter.com/YQOLCz4hj4— Alex Winter (@Winter) May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis was a great actress who loved the work and loved the theatre. Photo: WireImage
Olympia Dukakis, the Oscar–winning actress who brought beloved roles like Rose Castorini in Moonstruck and Clairee in Steel Magnolias to life, has died at the age of 89. Dukakis went on to receive accolades on Broadway for her performances in plays including Social Security, directed by Mike Nichols, in 1986, and the one-woman play Rose in 2000. In 1987, she won the Academy Award for Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of the strong, sympathetic matriarch Rose Castorini in Moonstruck. 1/2— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) May 1, 2021
Moonstruck Is the Morbid Spaghetti Rom-Com We All Need Right Now
Get to Know Tales of the City’s First Chapter
Tags: But to many, Dukakis was best known for her work in film and television. RIP to my old Montclair neighbor, beautiful artist and co-founder of the Whole Theater company, Olympia Dukakis. Two years later, Dukakis stood out and shone as Clairee Belcher in the ensemble Steel Magnolias. He wrote, “After many months of failing health, she is finally at peace and with Louis.” No official cause of death has been released. Dukakis began her acting career in the theater, playing regional festivals before moving to Off Broadway, where she won an Obie Award for her performance as Widow Leocadia Begbik in Man Equals Man in 1963.