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Olympia Dukakis was an actress who was known for her role as Cher’s mother in “Moonstruck.”

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Published in The Outlook on May 3, 2021.
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June 19, 2021
will see you later!
Elizabeth Capuzzo-Peixoto
June 15, 2021
She made a difference in good ways! She and her talent will be missed. RIP
Marny Fischer
May 22, 2021
You were a great actress, may you rest in peace. From an admirer.
May 21, 2021
To the family, many, many friends, colleagues and fans of this wonderful actress Ms. Olympia Dukakis fine comfort with you during this difficult time in your lives. We hope many of the encouraging words and thoughts on this site comforts you during this difficult time as well. We enjoyed the many shows and movies to whom she brought much laughter and joy too. May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives.
Darlene
May 17, 2021
Great actress!
May 15, 2021
You will be sorely missed I loved your humor and you’re acting wonderful
May 11, 2021
Olympia thank you for just being you,
you have touched so many hearts over the years through the people you Have played.
Its just sad to think ill never see you play another part as the curtains have closed on,
You final performance.
you may be gone but you will never be forgotten.
With love and sincere respect.
Paul England
May 10, 2021
May God be with the Dukakis family at this time, so very sorry for the loss of Olympia, so many will miss her wonderful talent.
May 10, 2021
May be God be with the Dukakis family, truly sorry for the loss of Olympia, the world will miss her wonderful talent.
May 9, 2021
When I was young and had dreams of acting I took a class at the Whole Theatre Company in Montclair NJ with Olympia Dukakis. This was, I guess the seventies. What a privilege to have met her and taken her class. Blessings to her family.
Moya Murphy
Student
May 9, 2021
Olympia was an outstanding actress. She owned every part she played.
Another great one called home, Rest in Peace.
Sandy Cummings
May 8, 2021
They only thing that keeps us apart from the animals is our ability to accessor
ize!!!
Amie Casados
Acquaintance
May 8, 2021
Olympia more than shared her life, she inspired and gave us a place to
let our creative writing soar. (The Whole Theatre) "The Gathering", her
special women writers support group. Our prayers are with her family.
In Loving Memory Phyllis C. Byers , Writer / Poet
Phyllis C.Byers
Coworker
May 8, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the family of a very talented actress. May you find comfort from God's written word and from each other.
May 8, 2021
Olympia was such a beautiful woman and excellent actress. I especially loved her in Cloudburst. Late bloomer. She will be missed. I will remember her always.
Lori Crean
May 7, 2021
Linda Tracy
May 7, 2021
On behalf of the family of Peter G. Regan, M.D, pediatrician from Montclair, NJ, we send our deepest sympathy to the children of Mrs. Zurich. As teenagers in the 70's who worked for our dad in his office, we remember when your mom would bring you into Dad's office. What a beautiful spirit she was! Sending thoughts for comfort in the days ahead. Fondly, all of the Regan's.
Bernadette Regan Smith
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
No one could read The Charge of the Goddess like she did,RIP great Lady
Denise Bisaillon
Student
May 7, 2021
I am deeply saddened by this news! I absolutely adored her. She is still my go to when I need a good laugh (& cry) in Steel Magnolias. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. She will be forever cherished.
Michelle Morris
May 7, 2021
To the Dukakis family I send my deepest condolences for the loss of Olympia. At this sad time, may the God of tender mercies comfort you and may your memories be held close to your heart.
Mary
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
I loved her.she brought so much joy to so many.
Take comfort in prayer.
Philliia Berio
Friend
May 7, 2021
She will be greatly missed i loved her in the move steel magnolias she was so funny so had my laughing so much R.I.P
Gloria Madrid
May 6, 2021
She will be sadly miss great actress and person sorry for your loss Georgia Velasquez Denver Col
Georgia Velasquez
Friend
May 6, 2021
Many prayers for the Dukakis family, truly sorry for your loss.
R B
May 6, 2021
Ms Dukakis: beautiful person and very talented actress. Rest In Peace
Linda Levy
Friend
May 6, 2021
She was a very beautiful women actress may she RIP
audrey perea
Acquaintance
May 6, 2021
I worked for Olympia as the House Manager at the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ during the “Moonstruck” years. I also had the pleasure of doing her make up for many of her interviews she did on camera. My condolences to her brother Apollo and her three children. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.
Pam Kaplan
Coworker
May 6, 2021
Beautiful woman, brilliant actress ❤
Yvonne
May 6, 2021
To Olympia Dukakis, You were a very talented actress. I really enjoy watching you in the movies Moonstuck. Steel Magnolias and look who´s talking parts1&2. My prayers go to your family and friends., Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
May 6, 2021
My condolences go out to the Dukakis family on the death of Olympia. She’ll be missed by many.
LeeRoy
May 5, 2021
In memory of Olympia Dukakis, who encouraged my late brother Paul to "keep plugging on", as Paul's Uncle Dan expounded years ago, when Paul lived with AIDS. Olympia encouraged him to teach acting improvisation at NYU when he was on IV medicine for AIDS. She asked Paul to act with her in a small show, even when he was afflicted wifh AIDS.
She visited Paul with her daughter Christina when Paul was in ICU at Beekman Downtown Hospital before he died in 1993, as my other broher Perry recalls.
When Paul could travel, Olympia brought Paul to work at her Whole Theater in Montclair NJ.
I will always cherish Olympia's goutstanding performance in the movie "Moonstruck". She was wit and wisdom to the finest.
I will also always recall her and the music from Moonstruck each time I notice a full moon in the sky.
Alfred Walker
Acquaintance
May 5, 2021
My heart and paryers go out to the family. May the good lord watch over you and keep you in his most loving care. Rest in Eternal peace.
Dennis Malone
May 5, 2021
MY,HEART AND PARYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. Rest In Eternal Peace. God's Blessing Be With The Family. And Keep You In His Most Loving Care
Dennis P Malone
May 5, 2021
MY,HEART AND PARYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. Rest In Eternal Peace. God's Blessing Be With The Family. And Keep You In His Most Loving Care
Dennis P Malone
Friend
May 5, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dennis P Malone
May 5, 2021
I visited Olympia at her home in sommerville ma when we were around 10. She was so much fun to be with. Our mothers were good friends.
I hsve never forgotten her. Love always to a great girl.
Katherine Salemis Seidenberg.


Katherine Salemis. Seidenberg
Acquaintance
May 5, 2021
Olympia and family, I will truly miss your warmth and wonderful performances that will touch people for many lifetimes. I had the pleasure to appear in "Picture Perfect" which featured Olympia as Jennifer Ashton's Mom. Sending love and prayers to her family and fans around the world. My deepest condolences and sympathy to her famil. Till We meet again.♡ Joey Sontz
Joey Sontz
Friend
May 5, 2021
Kent & Carol Sivadge
May 5, 2021
Sincerest condolences to Olympia Dukakis family and friends. May the beautiful memories she gave us live on in yours hearts. May God comfort each one of you.
May 5, 2021
My sincer
e condolences to the Dukakis family. May the God of all the comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
May 4, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May 4, 2021
Dear Dukakis Family Rory and I would luv to express our condolences's on the loss of Olympia Dukakis.she'll surely be missed very much and may she rest in peace.best faith/rory
faith/rory tobin/dockett
Acquaintance
May 4, 2021
Lady you will be missed. Truly enjoyed meeting you in 2007. We wined and dined together for hours.You are my inspiration. REST IN PEACE A LIFE WELL LIVED.
JOAN WILLIAMS
May 4, 2021
An amazing actress and one that will be missed. She made us laugh and cry and laugh again. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and Heaven received a new angel.
Lisa Donohue
Friend
May 4, 2021
OLYMPIA, YOU KNOW I LOVE YA MORE THAN MY LUGGAGE.
I WILL MISS YOU
Sheri Gulka
May 4, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jackie Dunning
May 4, 2021
One of my favorites. My gratitude to her for her excellence, my prayers for the family.
Dianne Williams
Acquaintance
May 4, 2021
I offer my sincere condolences to the family of Olympia Dukakis. What a wonderful actress. I enjoyed all the shows she was in. May God give your family comfort and peace as you mourn her loss. Philippians 4:7
Chris
May 4, 2021
I loved her roll in Steal Magnolias. She was funny and extremely talented.
maryann corona
May 4, 2021
To Olympia Dukakis,
You were a very talented actress. I loved watching you in the movies Steel magnolias, moonstruck & look who’s talking parts 1&2. My prayers go to your family and friends. Lisa Weiner
Lisa Weiner
Acquaintance
May 4, 2021
To the Dukakis Family: I want to offer my deepest condolences on the passing
of a such a fine actress. She will be greatly missed by her fans who loved her and respected her work in the television industry. I especially liked her
performance in Steel the Magnolias as
Claire and the acting mother of Kristie
Alley in Look Whose Talking Now. May
she rest peacefully with the heavenly
angels in paradise.
Respectfully Submitted,
Tijuana G. Jones



Tijuana Jones
Acquaintance
May 4, 2021
To The Family ::
Prayers and Thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Dukakis a Wonderful Actress. Peace be with you dear Lady. God Bless You ..
Diana Clendenin
May 3, 2021
Eternal rest grant unto Olympia, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen
May 3, 2021
SHE WAS TRULY WONDERFUL IN EVERY ROLE THAT SHE EVER PLAYED. MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY.

BARBARA WISBEY PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
Barbara Wisbey
Friend
May 3, 2021
You acting will be remembered.
Stephanie Schell
May 3, 2021
Sending condolences to Mrs Olympias family during this difficult time. I always loved you as Claire in Steel Magnolias. The world has lost an incredible actress and earth angel. RIP Mrs Olympia. Your talent and gift to us all was first class all the way.
Gabriela
May 3, 2021
Remember her from television shows and movies over the years.
Stephanie D Schell
May 3, 2021
Classy lady .Rest peacefully.
Rose
May 3, 2021
Goodnight, and Godspeed Olympia. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful and numerous film and TV memories. Unforgettable.
Harry Simpson
May 3, 2021
There is certainly light years more to her career than one can begin to comprehend at this moment. Olympia Dukakis will always be 'Rose Castorini' to me - another woman everyone wishes was in their life. Our heartfelt condolences to her beloved husband and to all of her family and friends. May God comfort you. Ti Amo, Olympia. Rest in sweet peace.
May 3, 2021
My memories of Olympia go back to our days at Boston University's Drama Dept. I remember how we shared an apartment with a third friend, Annie.
Olympia has always had the values I admire. She loved acting for itself. She valued plays and the theatre as the art form it is. She was not looking for fame, but only the immense satisfaction of practicing her art and craft.
As a human being she had enormous empathy for other people and their perceptions and struggles. I felt for a time as if she were my older sister.
When she married Lou Zorich and ran the Whole Theatre in Montclair, I was incredibly impressed by the productions they did.
My deepest sympathy goes out Apollo, and to her family, even though I have never had the pleasure of meeting her children. I am sure that they have many of their parents' qualities, valuing their work for its inherent substance.
Olympia was also a very practical person and that is important. She was well rooted in the practicalities of the theatre world.
Dear Apollo, I do remember you and hope you have done well. I am sure this loss is so very hard for you.
I do feel very sad knowing that Olympia is no longer with us. Losing her has destroyed a piece of my life.
Sandra Kissam (formerly Sandra Fischer)
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Sandra Kissam (Fischer)
Friend
May 3, 2021
Olympia was a wonderful actress. Her life experience is filled with accomplishments. Losing a loved one can bring great pain and sorrow. Our Heavenly Father knows our sadness and is there to comfort us. Roman 15:4,5 describes our Heavenly Father as a comforter. He knows how it feels to lose a loved one in death and therefore, knows how to wipe our tears away.
Beth Lowey
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
Hi how are you I am good u I was writing to you to give my condolences to you and your family etc. RIP. I loved her movies etc.. she was a nice person . I will.miss her so. Take care bye.
Mr jody Brachman
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
Rip ❤ If you don’t have any thing good to say about some one come sit beside me. I love that line in the movie. Prayers to her family.
Kathleen
May 3, 2021
Scott Chamberland
May 3, 2021
Very few actresses have the gift that she possessed. My sincere condolences to her children and those she held dear. She will never be forgotten.
Gwendolyn
May 3, 2021
I loved the roles she played during her acting career. I know she will be missed. May God who comforts those who mourn be with all of her family in their time of sorrow.
May 3, 2021
Truly a stellar actress, such a joy to watch. thankfully, her work will live on. My sincere sympathies to the Dukakis family and friends, so very sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and strength as you endure this most difficult time of your loss.
May 3, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Felicia Sharon Yates
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
My condolences to the family members of Olympia who's lost her life. Just know that Olympia is at rest.
Felicia Sharon Yates
Acquaintance
May 3, 2021
What an amazing actress, she was so very funny. Heartfelt condolences to the Dukakis family and friends, truly sorry for your loss. May God be with you to carry you through this most difficult time of your loss.
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