Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis

Highest Rated: 100% Cloudburst (2011)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

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.

Highest rated movies

Cloudburst
Away From Her
Moonstruck
The Idolmaker
The Wanderers
Working Girl
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
Jerusalem

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not to Forget Judge (Character) - 2021
83% 97% Olympia Self - 2018
11% 47% Change in the Air Margaret Lemke (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 Irene & Marie Irene (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 17% Outliving Emily Emily (Character) - 2015
78% 44% 7 Chinese Brothers Grandma (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beneath the Olive Tree Narrator,
Executive Producer
- 2015
50% 29% Big Driver Doreen (Character) - 2014
40% 40% A Little Game YaYa (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% The Last Keepers Rosmarie Carver (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Christmas Spirit Gwen Hollander (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 31% Montana Amazon - The Adventures of the Dunderheads Ira (Character) - 2012
100% 76% Cloudburst Stella (Character) - 2011
80% 85% I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale Unknown (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Promise of Tomorrow 1940-1960 Narrator - 2009
44% 52% In the Land of Women Grandmother (Character) $11.0M 2007
No Score Yet 38% Jesus, Mary and Joey Sophia Vitello (Character) - 2006
94% 81% Away From Her Marian (Character) $4.5M 2006
No Score Yet 49% The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines Margie Carsen (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day on Fire Dr. Mary Wade (Character) - 2006
45% 52% The Thing About My Folks Muriel Kleinman (Character) $814.7K 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whiskey School Unknown (Character) - 2005
36% 68% 3 Needles Hilde the Missionary Nun (Character) - 2005
73% 45% The Great New Wonderful Judie (Character) $150.1K 2005
60% 57% The Librarian: Quest for the Spear Margie Carsen (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mafia Doctor Rose (Character) - 2003
43% 52% The Event Lila (Character) $35.5K 2003
No Score Yet 82% My Beautiful Son Esther Lipman (Character) - 2002
33% 36% The Intended Erina (Character) $7.5K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guilty Hearts Unknown (Character) - 2002
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 No Score Yet Ladies and the Champ Sara Stevens (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 78% 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
47% 37% Picture Perfect Rita Mosley (Character) $31.1M 1997
No Score Yet 20% Milk and Money Goneril Plogg (Character) - 1997
78% 71% A Match Made in Heaven Helen Rosner (Character) - 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) $10.0K 1996
75% 84% Mr. Holland's Opus Principal Helen Jacobs (Character) $82.6M 1995
68% 68% Jeffrey Mrs. Marcangelo (Character) $3.3M 1995
78% 73% Mighty Aphrodite Jocasta (Character) $4.8M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young at Heart Rose Garaventi (Character) - 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 27% Digger Bea (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 57% Sinatra Dolly Sinatra (Character) - 1992
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 No Score Yet Lucky Day Katherine Campbell (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Emily Miller (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 80% In the Spirit Sue (Character) $15.9K 1990
13% 32% Look Who's Talking Too Rosie (Character) $44.2M 1990
60% 60% Dad Bette Tremont (Character) $19.7M 1989
68% 89% Steel Magnolias Clairee Belcher (Character) $79.4M 1989
57% 47% Look Who's Talking Rosie (Character) $137.0M 1989
84% 67% Working Girl Personnel Director (Character) $62.2M 1988
94% 81% Moonstruck Rose Castorini (Character) $80.0M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of America Mama Nicola (Character) - 1982
89% 85% 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% 52% John and Mary John's Mother (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice a Man Young mother (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
83% 70% Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Anna Madrigal (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forgive Me Novalea (Character) 2013 2015 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex & Violence Alex Mandalakis (Character) 2013 2015 2017
No Score Yet 89% 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 92% 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% 93% Frasier Caller 3 (Guest Voice) 2002
85% 75% 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
78% 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