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Olympia Dukakis

Birth Place: Lowell, MA, USA

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New York appearances: Rose (Outer Critics Circle Award), Social Security directed by Mike Nichols, Who's Who in Hell, The Aspern Papers, Night of the Iguana, Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, Peer Gynt, Titus Andronicus, Electra, Vaclav Havel's Memorandum, Brecht's A Man's a Man (Obie Award), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and A View From the Bridge (Theatre World Award). Regional theatre: over 120 productions including founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years, where she directed and appeared in many productions; Timberlake Wertenbaker's Hecuba and Leslie Ayvazian's Singer's Boy (A.C.T.); Lear and her Daughters (Shakespeare & Co.); Trinity Rep's The Glass Menagerie and The Hope Zone; and Williamstown Theatre Festival for 13 seasons where she also served as Associate Director, most recently Hecuba and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. London: Rose (world premiere at the Royal National Theatre). Films: Moonstruck (Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress; NY Film Critics, L.A. Film Critics and Golden Globe awards); Better Living; Picture Perfect with Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Bacon; Mafia!; Mr. Holland's Opus with Richard Dreyfus; Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite; I Love Trouble with Nick Nolte and Julia Roberts; Look Who's Talking 1, Too and Now! with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley; The Cemetery Club; Steel Magnolias directed by Herbert Ross; and Dad co-starring Jack Lemmon. Television: the two mini-series based on Armistead Maupin's novels, "Tales of the City" and "More Tales of the City" (Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations); "Young at Heart" co-starring Frank Sinatra and Louis Zorich (Emmy nomination); "Lucky Day" co-starring Amy Madigan (Emmy nomination); "A Match Made in Heaven," with John Stamos and Della Reese; "The Last Act Is Solo" (ACE Award); the mini-series "Sinatra," as Frank Sinatra's mother (Emmy nomination); and for British TV "A Life for a Life" (BAFTA nomination). Other: NJ Governor's Walt Whitman Creative Arts Award; was active in Michael Dukakis' 1988 presidential campaign; and founding member of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is married to actor Louis Zorich, and they have three children, Christina, Peter and Stefan.

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Olympia Dukakis STAGE CREDITS

Roundabout Revival, 2011
Flora Goforth

Loë Rieman

Encores! Concert, 2006
Ida Dodd


Original Broadway Production, 2000


Sophie Greengrass

Soot Hudlocke





Ingrid/ Greenclad Lady/ Anitra


Mrs. Bethnal-Green/ The Mother/ Stepney Green/ Debden


Anne Dowling

Helen Balcon (Understudy)


Widow Leocadia Begbick

Miss Tina (Understudy)

Miss Bordereau (Understudy)

Assunta (Understudy)

Olympia Dukakis Movies

[1963]Twice a Man Young mother

[1969]John and Mary John's Mother

[1971]Made for Each Other Gig's Mother

[1979]Rich Kids Lawyer

[1979]The Wanderers Joey's Mom

[1980]The Idolmaker Mrs. Vacarri

[1982]Movie Madness Helena Naxos "Success Wanters"

[1985]Walls of Glass Mary Flanagan

[1987]Moonstruck Rose Ctorini

[1988]Working Girl Personnel Director

[1989]Look Who's Talking Rosie

[1989]Steel Magnolias Clairee Belcher

[1989]Dad Bette Tremont

[1990]Look Who's Talking Too Rosie

[1990]In the Spirit Sue

[1992]Over the Hill Alma Harris

[1993]The Cemetery Club Doris Silverman

[1993]Look Who's Talking Now Rosie

[1993]Digger Bea

[1994]I Love Trouble Jeannie

[1995]Jeffrey Mrs. Marcangelo

[1995]Mr. Holland's Opus Principal Jacobs

[1995]Mighty Aphrodite Jocta

[1995]Dead Badge Dr. Doris Rice

[1996]Never Too Late Rose

[1996]Milk & Money Goneril Plogg

[1996]Jerusalem Mother Mrs. Gordon

[1997]Picture Perfect Rita

[1997]Balkan Island: The Last Story of the Century Mother

[1998]Mafia! Sophia

[1998]Better Living Nora

[2000]Brooklyn Sonnet Helen Manners

[2002]The Intended Erina

[2003]The Event Lila Shapiro

[2003]Charlie's War Charlie

[2005]The Thing About My Folks Muriel Kleinman

[2005]Jesus, Mary and Joey Sophia Vitello

[2005]Whiskey School Ellen Haywood

[2005]3 Needles Hilde the Missionary Nun

[2005]The Great New Wonderful Judy Hillerman

[2006]Upside Out Dr. Walker

[2006]Day on Fire Dr. Mary Wade

[2006]Away from Her Marian

[2007]In the Land of Women Phyllis

[2011]Birds of a Feather Olympia

[2011]Cloudburst Stella

[2012]The Misadventures of the Dunderheads Ira

[2013]The Last Keepers Rosmarie Carver

[2014]A Little Game YaYa

[2015]7 Chinese Brothers Grandma

[2016]The Infiltrator Aunt Vicky

[2016]Broken Links Arlene

[2018]Change in the Air Margaret Lemke

[2021]Not to Forget Judge

Olympia Dukakis TV Shows

Bored to Death Belinda

Center of the Universe Marge Barnett

Forgive Me Novalea

Sex & Violence Alex Mandalakis

TripTank Ma, Caller

Olympia Dukakis Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 1963 - Performance

Olympia Dukakis, A Man's A Man

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Olympia Dukakis News

The Lesbian Thespians In Association With ArtServe Announce The Upcoming Florida Premiere Of CLOUDBURST

The Lesbian Thespians in Association with ArtServe announce the upcoming Florida premiere of “Cloudburst”. Ft. Lauderdale-based theatre company brings Thom Fitzgerald's award-winning film to the stage, featuring an older lesbian couple. Don't miss this rare production celebrating women of a certain age. Tickets on sale now.

Never Before Seen OF THINGS PAST Starring Michael Moriarty, Louise Caire Clark and Tara Reid to Debut in October

Of Things Past, a truly unique production, over 37 years in the making, at last will be enjoyed by North American viewing audiences beginning October 3rd on Amazon, Vudu and major cable systems' VOD, the announcement was made today by the film's distributor Jerome Courshon, CEO of Lion Heart Distribution.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Opens September 21 At Westwego Cultural Center

Jefferson Performing Arts Society kicks off its Westbank 46th season stage productions with Steel Magnolias this month at the Westwego Cultural Center on Sala Avenue in Westwego.

WAM Theatre Announces Cast For Summer FRESH TAKES Play Readings

Producing Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and the WAM Theatre team has announced an exciting ensemble of actors who are performing in the upcoming 2023 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The roster features a diverse array of talented performers. For all but one, Fresh Takes 2023 marks their WAM debut. 

THE HOURS Starring Fleming, O'Hara & DiDonato to Screen as Part of The Met's 2023 Summer HD Festival

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023 Summer HD Festival, an annual New York pastime, returns to Lincoln Center Plaza Saturday, August 26 through Monday, September 4.


Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) and Kate Maguire (Artistic Director, CEO) have announced casting for two of its summer 2023 shows: Million Dollar Quartet, a three-time Tony Award–nominated once-in-a-lifetime musical evening back by popular demand with some of the same cast as 2017 and Photograph 51, an intriguing portrait of the race to discover the mysteries of the DNA double helix. 

Jerry Zaks Will Lead The Nation's Top Regional Theater Actors As Master Teacher For The 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program

Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced prominent director Jerry Zaks will serve as Master Teacher for the 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program to serve the future of American theater.

Demetria Joyce Bailey Named as 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow

Walnut Street Theatre has announced that Demetria Joyce Bailey has been selected as one of 10 stage actors in the United States to be a 2023 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow.

Photos: Go Inside The Hollywood Museum's Mother's Day Tribute to MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS

The Hollywood Museum played host to a spectacular photo exhibit, for Mother's Day to pay homage to the matriarchs of the MOTION PICTURE MOTHERS organization and the most celebrated working moms in entertainment with loving and amusing images with their families. Check out photos from the event here!

Julie Taymor to be Honored at Red Bull Theater Gala Benefit Hosted by Patrick Page

Julie Taymor will be honored with the Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater and the Axe-Houghton Foundation will receive the George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater at the Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit on Monday June 5th (6pm).

TheatreWorks Stages New Look At STEEL MAGNOLIAS This Summer

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents a new look at the cherished comic drama Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. A tight-knit group of Southern women flock to Truvy's beauty parlor, where its occupants dish gossip, do hair, and provide strength and support through life's joys and tragedies.

Stu Richel Brings VIETNAM...THROUGH MY LENS to Metropolitan Playhouse This Month

In honor of Vietnam Veterans Day, Metropolitan Playhouse welcomes Stu Richel for one week only March 29 - April 2, 2023, presenting his solo-journey into and through Vietnam as a combat photographer. 

Kate Baldwin, Eisa Davis, Jason Gotay & More to Perform at OUT OF MYSELF �" SONGS OF PETER FOLEY

Prospect Theater Company and the newly launched Peter Foley Music Project have partnered to present Out of Myself—Songs of Peter Foley, a concert celebrating the legacy of the late award-winning composer and lyricist. See how to purchase tickets!

The Studio Players Announces 2023-2024 Season 11

Scott Lilly, CEO and Producing Artistic Director of The Studio Players, has announced their 2023-2024 season 11.

Olney Theatre Center To Announce Extension Of KINKY BOOTS At Tonight's First Preview Performance

Olney Theatre Center is extending the run of KINKY BOOTS (music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein, directed by Jason Loewith) for one week of additional performances. The new closing date is March 26, 2023.

Madhuri Shekar's A NICE INDIAN BOY to Have Regional Premiere at Olney Theatre Center in March

A Nice Indian Boy by Madhuri Shekar and directed by Zi Alikhan will have its regional premiere in Olney Theatre Center’s Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab in a production featuring the work of one of the fastest rising and prolific American playwrights working.

Montclair Hosts World Premiere Of THE 3

Writer and Director, Francesco Paladino brings live theatre back to Montclair, after a long dark period. THE 3 (three simple plays about desire, deceit, and delusion) are three short plays exploring unconventional relationships and debatable reality.

Kate Abbruzzese and Emma Ramos to Star in ESPEJOS: CLEAN at Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage will present the New England premiere of the bilingual drama Espejos: Clean written by Christine Quintana with Spanish translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes. 

Theatre Director Nancy Meckler Releases New Book 'Notes From the Rehearsal Room'

Theatre director Nancy Meckler’s book Notes from the Rehearsal Room is intended for anyone interested, professionally or as a theatregoer, in what is involved in turning words on a page into a theatrical event.

Olney Theatre Center's Remount of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to Open in November

Olney Theatre Center’s remount of its 2021 hit Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs November 9, 2022 - January 1, 2023, on the Mainstage. Jade Jones and Evan Ruggiero, who attracted national attention last year for their stereotype-busting performances in the lead roles, also return to star as Belle and the Beast.


Olympia Dukakis has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Olympia Dukakis has not appeared in the West End

Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Rose and Performance (Obie Awards) for A Man's A Man .

Outstanding Solo Performance (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Rose and Performance (Obie Awards) for A Man's A Man.

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