Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis

Highest Rated: 100% Cloudburst (2011)

Lowest Rated: 0% Look Who's Talking Now (1993)

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
11% 50% Change in the Air Margaret Lemke (Character) - 2018
85% No Score Yet Olympia Herself (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Her Secret Sessions Arlene (Character) - 2016
72% 71% The Infiltrator Aunt Vicky (Character) $15.4M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beneath the Olive Tree Narrator,
Executive Producer
- 2015
No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Emily (Character) - 2015
78% 44% 7 Chinese Brothers Grandma (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Irene & Marie Irene (Character) - 2015
40% 43% A Little Game YaYa (Character) - 2014
50% 29% Big Driver Doreen (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Spirit Gwen Hollander (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 44% The Last Keepers Rosmarie Carver (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 31% Montana Amazon - The Adventures of the Dunderheads Ira (Character) - 2012
100% 77% Cloudburst Stella (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960 Narrator - 2009
80% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
44% 52% In the Land of Women Grandmother (Character) $11M 2007
94% 81% Away From Her Marian (Character) $4.5M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day on Fire Dr. Mary Wade (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 49% The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Margie Carsen (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 38% Jesus, Mary and Joey Sophia Vitello (Character) - 2006
36% 68% 3 Needles Hilde the Missionary Nun (Character) - 2005
73% 45% The Great New Wonderful Judie (Character) $150.1K 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whiskey School Unknown (Character) - 2005
45% 52% The Thing About My Folks Muriel Kleinman (Character) $814.7K 2005
60% 57% The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Margie Carsen (Character) - 2004
43% 52% The Event Lila (Character) $35.5K 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
33% 36% The Intended Erina (Character) $7.5K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty Hearts Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 82% My Beautiful Son Esther Lipman (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies and the Champ Sara Stevens (Character) - 2001
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 79% 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 86% 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
No Score Yet 20% Milk and Money Goneril Plogg (Character) - 1997
78% 71% A Match Made in Heaven Helen Rosner (Character) - 1997
47% 37% Picture Perfect Rita Mosley (Character) $31.1M 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) $10K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young at Heart Rose Garaventi (Character) - 1995
78% 73% Mighty Aphrodite Jocasta (Character) $4.8M 1995
75% 84% Mr. Holland's Opus Principal Helen Jacobs (Character) $82.6M 1995
68% 68% Jeffrey Mrs. Marcangelo (Character) $3.3M 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 20% Digger Bea (Character) - 1993
57% 32% The Cemetery Club Doris Silverman (Character) $5.6M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Over the Hill Alma Harris (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 57% Sinatra Dolly Sinatra (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Emily Miller (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Day Katherine Campbell (Character) - 1991
13% 32% Look Who's Talking Too Rosie (Character) $44.2M 1990
No Score Yet 80% In the Spirit Sue (Character) $15.9K 1990
56% 47% Look Who's Talking Rosie (Character) $137M 1989
60% 60% Dad Bette Tremont (Character) $19.7M 1989
68% 89% Steel Magnolias Clairee Belcher (Character) $79.4M 1989
84% 67% Working Girl Personnel Director (Character) $62.2M 1988
94% 81% Moonstruck Rose Castorini (Character) $80M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of America Mama Nicola (Character) - 1982
89% 86% 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
42% 53% John and Mary John's Mother (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice a Man Young mother (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
100% 71% Tales of the City Anna Madrigal (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forgive Me Novalea (Character) 2018 2015 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex & Violence Alex Mandalakis (Character) 2017 2015 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015 2011
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Debby Marsh (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet Guest 2009
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
93% 94% Frasier Caller 3 (Guest Voice) 2002
85% 77% The Simpsons Zelda (Guest Voice) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet And Never Let Her Go Unknown (Character) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Joan of Arc Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City Unknown (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 Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962

QUOTES FROM Olympia Dukakis CHARACTERS

Clairee Belcher says: They were both high. They'd been smokin' everything but their shoes.

Clairee Belcher says: I've just been to the dedication of the new children's park.

Truvy Jones says: Yeah, how did that go?

Clairee Belcher says: Janice Van Meter got hit with a baseball. It was fabulous.

Truvy Jones says: Was she hurt?

Clairee Belcher says: I doubt it. She got hit in the head.

Clairee Belcher says: The only thing that separates us from the animals that are our ability to accessorize.

Clairee Belcher says: I love ya more than my luggage.

Clairee Belcher says: Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today - you run over a small child or somethin'?

Clairee Belcher says: Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on.

Clairee Belcher says: Well, you know they say: if you don't have anything nice things to say about anybody, come sit by me!

Esther Lipman says: Jerry: Toxteth, Mother, Toxteth. Sort of a combination of toxic and death. Esther: so it's a slum? Jerry: It aspires to be a slum.

Dr. Jerry Lipman says: Toxteth, Mother, Toxteth. Sort of a combination of toxic and death.

Esther Lipman says: So it's a slum?

Dr. Jerry Lipman says: It aspires to be a slum.

Esther Lipman says: I've never been accused of being an affectionate person. I know I'm a cold fish.But you must know that I love you. And that I would gladly take that filthy cancer into my own body if I could get it out of yours.Because I am your mother and God knows it, knows I am your mother. But what I am not, my beautiful son, is your birth mother.

Rose Castorini says: Old man, if you give those dogs another piece of my food, I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!

Rose Castorini says: Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!

Rose Castorini says: Do you love him, Loretta?

Loretta Castorini says: No.

Rose Castorini says: Good. When you love 'em, they drive you crazy. 'Cause they know they can.