Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winner, 'Steel Magnolias' star, dies at 89

Olympia Dukakis (Image from Apollo Dukakis Facebook page)

She was at 89.

Posted: May 1, 2021 3:40 PM

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) - The veteran stage and screen actress Olympia Dukakis has died.

She was at 89.

Her agent says Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City. A cause of death was not immediately released.

Dukakis' natural flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck."

She also played Kirstie Alley’s mom in “Look Who’s Talking” and the sardonic widow in “Steel Magnolias.”

Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, and said it was her ambition “to play the great parts.”

She had three children with her husband and fellow actor Louis Zorich.

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