Who was Olympia Dukakis? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Career, Cause of Death

Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis Wiki – Olympia Dukakis Biography

Olympia Mary Dukakis was an American actress, director, producer, teacher, and activist. She acted in more than 130 theater productions, more than 60 films, and in 50 television series. Best known as a screen actress, she began her career on stage. Shortly after her arrival in New York City, she won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht’s Man Equals Man.

Olympia Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on June 20, 1931, the daughter of Alexandra “Alec” and Constantine “Costa” S. Dukakis. Her parents were Greek immigrants; her father from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese. She had a brother named Apollo, six years her junior. As a child, she dominated sports and was a three-time New England fencing champion. She struggled with pressures within and around her Greek patriarchal family, “in a neighborhood where ethnic discrimination, particularly against Greeks, was routine.”

Olympia Dukakis Age

Olympia Dukakis was 89 years old.

Education

Dukakis was an alumnus of Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Boston University, where she majored in physical therapy, earning a bachelor’s degree, which she used when treating polio patients during the epidemic. She later returned to B.U. and earned a Master of Fine Arts in performing arts.

Olympia Dukakis & Louis Zorich

In 1962, Dukakis married fellow Manhattan stage actor Louis Zorich. Planning a family, they moved out of town in 1970 to settle in Montclair, New Jersey. It was there that they raised their three children: Christina, Peter and Stefan. They had four grandchildren.

Career

In 2008, Dukakis directed the world premiere production of Todd Logan’s “Botanic Garden” at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois. That same year he starred in Tennessee Williams’ revival of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, opposite Kevin Anderson on the Hartford Stage, and co-adapted and starred in the world premiere of Another Side of the Island, based on The Tempest of William Shakespeare, at the Alpine Theater Project in Whitefish, Montana.

In 2011, Dukakis guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She played the role of Debby Marsh, a lawyer. In 2013, she starred in and executive produced the 2013 film Montana Amazon, co-starring Haley Joel Osment. That same year, on May 24, she was honored with star number 2498 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, in the Live Theater category.

In 2018, Dukakis starred in Eleftheromania, which follows an Auschwitz survivor as she recites a true story about a group from the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The following year, Dukakis reprised the role of Anna Madrigal, which she had first played in 1993, in a Netflix update of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of The City.

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Dukakis walks up Market Street as one of the Celebrity Grand Marshals in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade on June 26, 2011, from the movie Olympia.
In 2018, Olympia, an American documentary about her life and career, had its premiere at the DOC NYC festival. The film, directed by Harry Mavromichalis, stars Whoopi Goldberg, Laura Linney, Ed Asner, Lainie Kazan, Armistead Maupin, Austin Pendleton, Diane Ladd, and Dukakis’ cousin, Governor Michael Dukakis. It was released in theaters in the United States on July 9, 2020, and on VOD on March 23, 2021.

In 2021, Dukakis appears in the movie Not To Forget, which aims to raise awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The film, directed by Valerio Zanoli, stars Karen Grassle and five Oscar winners: Olympia Dukakis, Cloris Leachman, Louis Gossett Jr., Tatum O’Neal and George Chakiris.

Cause of Death

After a period of poor health, Dukakis died in hospice care at his home in Manhattan on May 1, 2021, at the age of 89.

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