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Olympia Dukakis (I)

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and TV) fans have discovered what the East coast ... See full bio »

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 2016 Broken Links (post-production)
 2016 You Can Call Me Eve (pre-production)
The Woman
 2016 Infiltrator (post-production)
Aunt Vicky
 2014 The Secret of the Gods (announced)
Nadira Repmant (rumored)
 2011 Outliving Emily (Short) (post-production)
Emily Hanratty
 2013-2015 Forgive Me (TV Series)
- Holy Mary (2015) ... Novalea
- Of Thy Womb (2015) ... Novalea
- Full of Grace (2015) ... Novalea
- Hail Mary (2015) ... Novalea
- Deliver Us from Evil (2013) ... Novalea
 2015 TripTank (TV Series)
Ma / Caller
- Hot Box (2015) ... Ma (voice)
- Cold War 2 (2015) ... Ma (voice)
- The W.A.N.G. (2015) ... Caller (voice)
- How the Sausage Is Made ... Ma (voice)
 2015 Outliving Emily
Emily (Segment 6)
 2015 7 Chinese Brothers
 2013-2015 Sex & Violence (TV Mini-Series)
Alex Mandalakis
- Episode #2.6 (2015) ... Alex Mandalakis
- Episode #2.5 (2015) ... Alex Mandalakis
- Episode #2.4 (2015) ... Alex Mandalakis
- Episode #2.3 (2015) ... Alex Mandalakis
- Episode #2.2 (2015) ... Alex Mandalakis
 2014 Big Driver (TV Movie)
 2014 F to 7th (TV Series short)
- Down to Zero (2014) ... Marie
 2014 A Little Game
 2013 The Christmas Spirit (TV Movie)
Gwen Hollander
 2013 The Last Keepers
Rosmarie Carver
 2010-2011 Bored to Death (TV Series)
- Two Large Pearls and a Bar of Gold (2011) ... Belinda
- We Could Sing a Duet (2011) ... Belinda
 2011 Cloudburst
 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Debby Marsh
- Pop (2011) ... Debby Marsh
 2011/I Birds of a Feather
 2010 Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle (Short)
Mother Rose
 2009 Hove (The Wind) (Short)
 2008 Worst Week (TV Series)
- The Wedding (2008) ... June
- The Ring (2008) ... June
 2006 Upside Out
Dr. Walker
 2006 Numb3rs (TV Series)
Charlotte Yates
- Hot Shot (2006) ... Charlotte Yates
 2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Sophia Vitello
 2005 Whiskey School
Ellen Haywood
 2005 3 Needles
Hilde the Missionary Nun
 2005 The Thing About My Folks
Muriel Kleinman
 2005 The Great New Wonderful
Judy Hillerman (segment "Judy's Story")
 2004-2005 Center of the Universe (TV Series)
Marge Barnett
- Marathon Woman (2005) ... Marge Barnett
- The New Neighbors (2005) ... Marge Barnett
- If You Love Something Leave It Alone (2005) ... Marge Barnett
- The Work of Art (2005) ... Marge Barnett
 2003 It's All Relative (TV Series)
Colleen O'Neil
- Thanks, But No Thanks (2003) ... Colleen O'Neil
 2003 Charlie's War
 2003 Mafia Doctor (TV Movie)
 2003 The Event
Lila Shapiro
 2002 The Intended
 2002 Frasier (TV Series)
Caller #3
- Frasier Has Spokane (2002) ... Caller #3 (voice)
 2002 The Simpsons (TV Series)
- The Old Man and the Key (2002) ... Zelda (voice)
 2002 Guilty Hearts (TV Movie)
Amanda Patterson
 2001 Strange Relations (TV Movie)
Esther Lipman
 2001 Ladies and the Champ (TV Movie)
Sara Stevens
 2001 And Never Let Her Go (TV Movie)
Marguerite Capano
 2000 Brooklyn Sonnet
Helen Manners
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
 1999 Joan of Arc (TV Mini-Series)
Mother Babette
 1998 A Life for a Life (TV Movie)
Charlotte Kiszko
 1998 Jane Austen's Mafia!
 1998 The Pentagon Wars (TV Movie)
Madam Chairwoman
 1998 Scattering Dad (TV Movie)
 1997 A Match Made in Heaven (TV Movie)
Helen Rosner
 1997 Heaven Will Wait (TV Movie)
 1996 Milk & Money
Goneril Plogg
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
- A Joyful Noise (1996) ... Clara
 1996 Jerusalem
Mother (Mrs. Gordon)
 1996 Never Too Late
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Principal Helen Jacobs
 1995 Young at Heart (TV Movie)
Rose Garaventi
 1995 Mother (Video)
Mrs. Jay
 1994 I Love Trouble
Jeannie, Peter's Secretary
 1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Olympia Dukakis (uncredited)
 1994 Dead Badge
Dr. Doris Rice
 1993 Look Who's Talking Now
 1993 Digger
 1993 The Cemetery Club
Doris Silverman
 1992 Sinatra (TV Movie)
Dolly Sinatra
 1992 Over the Hill
Alma Harris
 1991 Fire in the Dark (TV Movie)
Emily Miller
 1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV Series)
Laura Cunningham
- The Last Act Is a Solo (1991) ... Laura Cunningham
 1991 Lucky Day (TV Movie)
Katherine Campbell
 1990 In the Spirit
 1989 Dad
Bette Tremont
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Judge Paula G. Walsh
- Shades of Darkness (1986) ... Judge Paula G. Walsh
 1985 Walls of Glass
Mary Flanagan
 1982 The Neighborhood (TV Movie)
 1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness
Helena Naxos ("Success Wanters")
 1982 One of the Boys (TV Series)
- His Cheatin' Heart (1982) ... Professor
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mama Nicola
- King of America (1982) ... Mama Nicola
 1980 Breaking Away (TV Series)
- The Cutters (1980)
 1980 The Idolmaker
Mrs. Vacarri
 1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year (TV Movie)
 1979 Rich Kids
 1979 The Wanderers
Joey's Mom
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Marina Angelis
- The Beast of Athens (1977) ... Marina Angelis
 1975 Great Performances (TV Series)
- The Seagull (1975) ... Pauline
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1974 Death Wish
Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)
 1974 Nicky's World (TV Movie)
Irene Kaminios
 1973 Sisters
Louise Wilanski (uncredited)
 1971 Made for Each Other
Gig's Mother
 1969 John and Mary
John's Mother
 1969 Stiletto
Mrs. Amato (uncredited)
 1964 Lilith
Patient (uncredited)
 1964 Twice a Man
Young mother
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Anna Nieves
- The Legacy (1962) ... Anna Nieves
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Ioana Chiriac
- Frieda (1962) ... Ioana Chiriac
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Dr. Barbara Moreno (1983)
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(February 1999-July 1999; December 1999-April 2000) She acted in the Royal National Theatre Repertoire season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and the Laurence Olivier Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," "The Merchant of Venice," "Troilus and Cressida;" Leonard ... See more »

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Worked as a physical therapist in the 1950s in order to earn enough to train as an actress. See more »

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