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Actress Olympia Dukakis, who won Oscar for 'Moonstruck' performance, dies at 89

Olympia Dukakis
Posted at 4:32 PM, May 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-01 16:49:33-04

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Olympia Dukakis, the Oscar-winning actress, has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

Her brother, Apollo Dukakis, confirmed the news in a Facebook post, saying she passed away Saturday morning in New York City.

“After many months of failing health, she is finally at peace with her Louis (Zorich),” wrote her brother, who didn't provide further details about how she died.

Dukakis won her Academy Award for her supporting role as the mother in “Moonstruck,” opposite Cher, who also took home an Oscar that year for leading actress.

Fans may also know Dukakis for her work in other films and on TV shows, like “Steel Magnolias,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” or the multi-series “Tales of the City.”

Dukakis’ longtime husband, actor Louis Zorich, died in 2018 at the age of 93, the Hollywood Reporter reports. They had three children together.