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Olympia Dukakis ACTOR

Olympia Dukakis was born on June 20th, 1931 in Lowell, Massachusetts, born to Constantine and Alexandra Dukakis.  Her father was part of an acting troupe and he encouraged his daughter to perform with them as a teenager.  
After graduating from Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts she went on to study Physical Therapy at Boston University earning her degree and later returning to the same school to pursue a graduate degree in performing arts.
While trying to break into the film industry she supported herself with physical therapy jobs and first found work as a stage actress performing in summer stock as well as with a number of Shakespearean companies throughout the country.
Some of her early stage roles were in such productions as, "The Aspern Papers", "Abraham Cochrane" and "Who's Who in Hell".  Soon she began adding such film credits to her resume as, "John and Mary" (1969), "Made for Each Other" (1971), "The Idolmaker" (1980) and "Moonstruck" (1987), for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Other successful film roles soon followed such as, "Steel Magnolias" (1989), "Dad" (1989), "Look Who's Talking" (1989), "The Cemetery Club" (1993) and "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995).
Later in her career she chose to also work at New York University as a master instructor.  She also maintained her love for the stage and added such plays to her credits as, "A Man's a Man", "The Cherry Orchard", "Mother Courage", "The Rose Tattoo", "The Seagull" and "The Marriage of Bette and Boo".
Olympia Dukakis has married only one time to Louis Zorich whom she wed in 1962 and has three children with.  Her and her husband founded the Whole Theatre Company in Montclair, New Jersey which they ran from 1973 through 1988.
In addition to her career as an actress she has been involved on the other side of the industry as a director on such productions as, "Orpheus Descending", "The House Bernarda Alba", "Uncle Vanya", "A Touch of the Poet" and "Kennedy's Children" among others.
More recently, Olympia has been seen in the films, "In the Land of Women" (2007), "Montana Amazon" (2011), "Birds of a Feather" (2011), "The Last Keepers" (2011), "Adventures of the Dunderheads" (2012) and the television series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2011) and "Bored to Death" (2010-2011).


2012   Adventures of the Dunderheads 

2011   Outliving Emily 

2011   The Last Keepers

2010-2011  Bored to Death

2011   Cloudburst 

2011   Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2011   Birds of a Feather

2011   Montana Amazon

2010   Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle 

2009   Hove 

2008   Worst Week

2007   In the Land of Women 

2006   The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

2006   Day on Fire

2006   Away from Her 

2006   Numb3rs

2006   Jesus, Mary and Joey

2006   Upside Out

2005   Whiskey School

2005   3 Needles

2005   The Thing About My Folks 

2005   The Great New Wonderful

2004-2005  Center of the Universe 

2004   The Librarian: Quest for the Spear 

2003   It's All Relative

2003   Charlie's War

2003   Mafia Doctor 

2003   The Event 

2002   The Intended

2002   Frasier

2002   The Simpsons 

2002   Guilty Hearts 

2001   Strange Relations

2001   Further Tales of the City 

2001   Ladies and the Champ

2001   And Never Let Her Go

2000   The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 

2000   Brooklyn Sonnet 

1999   Dead Badge 

1999   Joan of Arc

1998   Better Living 

1998   Jane Austen's Mafia!

1998   More Tales of the City 

1998   The Pentagon Wars 

1998   Scattering Dad 

1998   A Life for a Life

1997   A Match Made in Heaven

1997   Picture Perfect

1997   Balkan Island: The Last Story of the Century

1997   Heaven Will Wait

1997   Never Too Late 

1996   Milk & Money 

1996   Touched by an Angel

1996   Jerusalem

1995   Mr. Holland's Opus

1995   Mighty Aphrodite 

1995   Jeffrey

1995   Young at Heart 

1995   Mother 

1994   I Love Trouble

1993   Look Who's Talking Now 

1993   Tales of the City 

1993   The Cemetery Club

1993   Digger 

1992   Sinatra 

1992   Over the Hill 

1991   Fire in the Dark 

1991   The General Motors Playwrights Theater 

1991   Lucky Day 

1990   Look Who's Talking Too

1990   In the Spirit 

1989   Steel Magnolias 

1989   Dad 

1989   Look Who's Talking

1988   Working Girl 

1987   Moonstruck 

1986   The Equalizer

1985   Walls of Glass

1983   Search for Tomorrow

1982   The Neighborhood

1982   National Lampoon's Movie Madness 

1982   One of the Boys 

1982   American Playhouse

1980   Breaking Away 

1980   The Idolmaker

1980   F.D.R.: The Last Year

1979   Rich Kids 

1979   The Wanderers

1977   The Andros Targets 

1975   Great Performances 

1974   Death Wish

1974   Nicky's World

1974   The Rehearsal 

1973   Sisters 

1971   Made for Each Other 

1969   John and Mary 

1969   Stiletto 

1964   Lilith 

1964   Twice a Man

1962   Dr. Kildare 

1962   The Doctors and the Nurses

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