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Olympia Dukakis

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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Look Who's Talking
Moonstruck Rose Castorini
Away from Her
Away from Her Marian
Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias Clairee Belcher


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 2016 Broken Links (completed)
  Change in the Air (post-production)
Margaret Lemke
  The Secret of the Gods (announced)
Nadira Repmant (rumored)
 2016 The Infiltrator
Aunt Vicky
 2015 Emily & Tim
Emily (Segment 6)
 2015 7 Chinese Brothers
 2014 A Little Game
 2013 The Last Keepers
Rosmarie Carver
 2011 Cloudburst
 2011/I Birds of a Feather
 2006 Upside Out
Dr. Walker
 2005 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")
 2003 Charlie's War
 2003 The Event
Lila Shapiro
 2002 The Intended
 2000 Brooklyn Sonnet
Helen Manners
 1998 Mafia!
 1996 Milk & Money
Goneril Plogg
 1996 Jerusalem
Mother (Mrs. Gordon)
 1996 Never Too Late
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Principal Helen Jacobs
 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 Over the Hill
Alma Harris
 1990 In the Spirit
 1989 Dad
Bette Tremont
 1985 Walls of Glass
Mary Flanagan
 1982 Movie Madness
Helena Naxos ("Success Wanters")
 1980 The Idolmaker
Mrs. Vacarri
 1979 Rich Kids
 1979 The Wanderers
Joey's Mom
 1974 The Rehearsal
 1974 Death Wish
Cop at the Precinct (uncredited)
 1972 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
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She acted in Arthur Laurents' play, "The Time of the Cuckoo," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Vivian Vance and William Roerick in the cast. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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Sometimes I feel as if four thousand years of silencing women, of the fear of women who were burned in oil or eviscerated in front of their daughters, is imprinted deep within me and has altered my DNA. See more »


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

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