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      Olympia Dukakis

      Olympia Dukakis

      Highest Rated: 100% Cloudburst (2011)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 20, 1931

      Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

      Having long established herself as a respected stage actress and veteran performer in dozens of film and television projects, Olympia Dukakis achieved overnight stardom at the tender age of 56 with her Oscar-winning portrayal in "Moonstruck" (1987). Originally intending to become a physical therapist, Dukakis turned to acting with work on and off-Broadway in productions such as "The Aspern Papers" and "A Man's a Man." Never the ingénue, Dukakis quickly found herself portraying young mothers in films that included "John and Mary" (1969) and "Made for Each Other" (1971). The pattern continued with features like "The Wanderers" (1979) and "The Idolmaker" (1980) until "Moonstruck" placed her at the top of the casting agent's wish list. A slew of roles in high-profile feature films followed, including turns in "Working Girl" (1988), "Look Who's Talking" (1989) and "Steel Magnolias" (1989). Occasional starring roles also presented themselves, as with the comedy-drama "The Cemetery Club" (1993). On television she essayed the character of Mrs. Madrigal in "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'" (PBS, 1993) and its two sequel miniseries, and achieved true pop culture status when she voiced Grandpa Simpson's love interest in a 2002 episode of "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). Living proof that one was never too old to reinvent oneself, the scene-stealing actress continued to delight audiences in a variety of mediums for over four decades.

      Highest rated movies

      Cloudburst
      Away From Her
      Moonstruck
      The Idolmaker
      The Wanderers
      I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
      Working Girl
      Jerusalem

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      Olympia Dukakis 3 NEEDLES, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis, 2005. ©Covington USA 3 NEEDLES, Chloe Sevigny, Olympia Dukakis, Sandra Oh, 2005. ©Covington USA MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS, Richard Dreyfuss, Olympia Dukakis, 1995. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, top, from left: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, bottom, from left: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, 1989. ©TriStar Pictures 3 NEEDLES, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Sevigny, 2005. ©Covington USA STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, 1989. (c) TriStar Pictures. MOONSTRUCK, Olympia Dukakis, Cher, 1987, © MGM CEMETERY CLUB, Diane Ladd, Olympia Dukakis, 1993, ©Buena Vista Pictures STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, 1989 CEMETERY CLUB, Olympia Dukakis (center top), Diane Ladd (top right), Ellen Burstyn (bottom center), Christina Ricci (bottom right), 1993, ©Buena Vista Pictures PICTURE PERFECT, Olympia Dukakis, Jennifer Aniston, 1997, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, 1989. ©TriStar Pictures MOONSTRUCK, Danny Aiello, Olympia Dukakis, 1987. (c) MGM. MOONSTRUCK, Olympia Dukakis, 1987. (c) MGM. STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, 1989 MOONSTRUCK, Olympia Dukakis, Julie Bovasso, Louis Guss, 1987. (c) MGM. I LOVE TROUBLE, fronm left: Nick Nolte, Olympia Dukakis, 1994, © Buena Vista DAD, Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, 1989, (c)Universal IN THE LAND OF WOMEN, Adam Brody, Olympia Dukakis, 2007. ©Warner Independent

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Abolitionists Producer,
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      62% 75% Not to Forget Judge (Character) - 2021
      84% No Score Yet Olympia Self - 2018
      13% 47% Change in the Air Margaret Lemke (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Secret Sessions Arlene (Character) - 2016
      71% 71% The Infiltrator Aunt Vicky (Character) $15.4M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Irene & Marie Irene (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Emily (Character) - 2015
      78% 45% 7 Chinese Brothers Grandma (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beneath the Olive Tree Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      - 2015
      50% 29% Big Driver Doreen (Character) - 2014
      40% 44% A Little Game YaYa (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 44% The Last Keepers Rosmarie Carver (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Spirit Gwen Hollander (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 31% Montana Amazon - The Adventures of the Dunderheads Ira (Character) - 2012
      100% 77% Cloudburst Stella (Character) - 2011
      83% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960 Narrator - 2009
      44% 52% In the Land of Women Grandmother (Character) $11.0M 2007
      No Score Yet 38% Jesus, Mary and Joey Sophia Vitello (Character) - 2006
      94% 81% Away From Her Marian (Character) $4.5M 2006
      No Score Yet 49% The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Margie Carsen (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Day on Fire Dr. Mary Wade (Character) - 2006
      45% 51% The Thing About My Folks Muriel Kleinman (Character) $814.7K 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Whiskey School Unknown (Character) - 2005
      34% 68% 3 Needles Hilde the Missionary Nun (Character) - 2005
      73% 45% The Great New Wonderful Judie (Character) $150.1K 2005
      60% 57% The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Margie Carsen (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
      44% 52% The Event Lila (Character) $35.5K 2003
      No Score Yet 84% My Beautiful Son Esther Lipman (Character) - 2002
      35% 40% The Intended Erina (Character) $7.5K 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty Hearts Unknown (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Further Tales of the City Mrs. Anna Madrigal (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Borough of Kings Helen Manners (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies and the Champ Sara Stevens (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 78% The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Dinah (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Living Nora (Character) $1.4K 2000
      10% 57% Joan of Arc Mother Babette (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 83% The Pentagon Wars Madam Chairwoman (Character) - 1998
      14% 47% Jane Austen's Mafia! Sophia (Character) $19.9M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Scattering Dad Dotty (Character) - 1998
      47% 37% Picture Perfect Rita Mosley (Character) $31.1M 1997
      No Score Yet 20% Milk and Money Goneril Plogg (Character) - 1997
      78% 71% A Match Made in Heaven Helen Rosner (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Too Late Rose (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Mrs. Jay (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Haunted Heart Mrs. Jay (Character) - 1996
      80% 87% Jerusalem Mother (Mrs. Gordon) (Character) $10.0K 1996
      75% 84% Mr. Holland's Opus Principal Helen Jacobs (Character) $82.6M 1995
      70% 67% Jeffrey Mrs. Marcangelo (Character) $3.3M 1995
      78% 73% Mighty Aphrodite Jocasta (Character) $4.8M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Young at Heart Rose Garaventi (Character) - 1995
      22% 33% I Love Trouble Jeannie (Character) $30.8M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Badge Dr. Doris Rice (Character) - 1994
      0% 29% Look Who's Talking Now Rosie (Character) $9.4M 1993
      No Score Yet 27% Digger Bea (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 62% Sinatra Dolly Sinatra (Character) - 1992
      57% 30% The Cemetery Club Doris Silverman (Character) $5.6M 1992
      No Score Yet 80% Over the Hill Alma Harris (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Day Katherine Campbell (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Emily Miller (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 67% In the Spirit Sue (Character) $15.9K 1990
      13% 32% Look Who's Talking Too Rosie (Character) $44.2M 1990
      58% 60% Dad Bette Tremont (Character) $19.7M 1989
      67% 89% Steel Magnolias Clairee Belcher (Character) $79.4M 1989
      55% 47% Look Who's Talking Rosie (Character) $137.0M 1989
      83% 67% Working Girl Personnel Director (Character) $62.2M 1988
      92% 80% Moonstruck Rose Castorini (Character) $80.0M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King of America Mama Nicola (Character) - 1982
      90% 84% The Idolmaker Mrs. Vacarri (Character) - 1980
      89% 87% The Wanderers Joey's Mom (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 50% Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nicky's World Irene Kaminios (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rehearsal Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Made for Each Other Gig's Mother (Character) - 1971
      38% 52% John and Mary John's Mother (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice a Man Young mother (Character) - 1964

      TV

      Credit
      82% 62% Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Anna Madrigal (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex & Violence Alex Mandalakis (Character) 2013 2015 2017
      68% No Score Yet Worst Week Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      0% No Score Yet Center of the Universe Marge Barnett (Character) 2004-2005
      14% No Score Yet It's All Relative Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      95% 94% Frasier Caller 3 (Guest Voice) 2002
      85% 76% The Simpsons Zelda (Guest Voice) 2002
      78% No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City Unknown (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet More Tales of the City Anna Madrigal (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinatra Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Judge Paula G. Walsh (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962