Maple wood. – Olympia Dukakis, Veteran stage and screen actress whose talent for maternal roles led her to win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedyFor “Moonstroke” (“Moon Mantra”), died. He was 89.
His agent Alison Levy at Innovative Artists said on Saturday that Dukes died at his home in New York in the morning. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Olympia Dukakis wins Oscar
Dukakis won his Academy Award after a surprising series of circumstances with the recommendation of author N.Meryl begs Efron to play Streep’s mother. In the film adaptation of Efron’s book “Heartburn” (“The Loving Art of Loving”). Dukakis played the role, but his scenes were cut from the film. To make up for him, director Mike Nichols cast him in his hit stage play “Social Security”. The director Norman JewsN saw her in that role and hired her for “Moonstruck”.
Dukakis received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Cher won the trophy for Best Actress.
He called his 1988 victory “the year” Dukakis“Because it was also the year that Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukes, his cousin, was the Democratic Party presidential candidate. At the ceremony he held his statue and shouted,” Okay, Michael, let’s go! “
Dukakis had longed to become an actress from an early age and was expected to study theater at university. His parents, Greek immigrants, insisted that he study something more practical, so he attended physical therapy at Boston University on a grant from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, he worked in a mindless hospital for communicable diseases in Marmet, West Virginia, and at the hospital.
But theater greed eventually led him to study drama at Boston University.
It was a shocking change, he told an interviewer in 1988, stating that he had moved from a quiet world of science to one in which students regularly shouted at teachers.
“I thought they were all crazy,” he said. “It was amazing”.
However, his first performance in grade school was a disaster: he was left speechless, frozen on stage.
His teacher helped him after a teacher Visible panic, Started working on the summer sunset. He made his Off-Broadway debut in 1960, and two years later he had a small role in “The Aspern Papers” on Broadway.
After three years at the Boston Regional Theater, Dukis moved to New York and married actor Louis Jorich.
During the first years of her marriage, acting jobs were scarce and Dukaki worked as a waitress and waitress, among other trades.
He and Jorich had three children: Christina, Peter and Stephen. He decided that raising children in New York on a limited income was very difficult, and he moved to a century-old home in Montclair, New Jersey, a New York suburb.
Her win at the Oscars led to more maternal roles in the film. She was the mother of Christie Elle in “Look Who’s Talking” (“Look Who’s Talking”) and its sequel, “Look Who’s Talking” (“Look Who’s Talking”). The sardonic widow in “Steel Magnolias” and the brilliant wife of Jack Lemmon (and Ted Danson’s mother) in “Dad” (“My Old Man”).
But theater was his first love.
“My ambition was not to win an Oscar,” he remarked after his win “Moonstroke”. “It was playing big parts.”
In New York, he did so in productions such as Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and His Children”, Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Days Journey in Night” and “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams.
For two decades he ran the Whole Theater Company in Montclair, New Jersey, which specialized in classic plays.
When his passion was on stage, a dialogue from his character Rose in “Moonstruck” seems appropriate: “I just want you to know that whatever you do, like all of you, is about to die.”