She passed away at the age of 89.American actress Olympia Dukakis, winner of an Academy Award and a Golden Glober for her role in the comedy Bewitched by the moon 1987. The sad announcement was made by the actress’s brother, Apollo, who shared a touching message in which her late husband Louis Zorich is also mentioned.
“My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, died this morning in New York City. After many months of poor health she is finally at peace with her husband Louis.” wrote Apollo Dukakis on Facebook.
Born in 1931 in Lowell, Mass., Dukakis moved to New York in the late 1950s after studying acting at Boston University. She became most famous in the late 1980s and early 1990s for her role in romantic comedies like Steel Flowers, A Career Woman and Look Who’s Talking. The Oscar for best supporting actress, however, arrived in 1988 with Stregata alla luna, cult in which she plays the mother of the protagonist Loretta Castorini (played by Cher).
Cher herself paid tribute to the late actress through a post on her social profiles: “Olympia Dukakis was an amazing Oscar-winning actress. Olympia played my mother in Bewitched by the Moon and even though her part was that of a suffering woman, we laughed together all the time. She loved Louis very much, her ‘talented and beautiful’ husband. I spoke to her three weeks ago. She rested in peace. “
In 2013 he received the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanks to his contributions to the seventh art.