Olympia Dukakis

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Olympia Dukakis

Born

6/20/1931, Lowell, Massachusetts

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Olympia is one of those character actresses who infallibly lends a touch of class to whatever picture she's in. Despite her extraordinary dignity and class, she is able to make even the most outrageous character believable. Though she is well regarded in film, Olympia has spent the bulk…more

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  • Trivia

    • Olympia has three children, one daughter Christina, and two sons Peter and Stefan, with actor/husband Zorich.

    • Olympia has been nominated for three Emmy awards. In 1991 she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special for Lucky Day. In 1998 she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for More Tales of The City. In 1999 she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Joan of Arc.

    • Olympia has been married to Louis Zorich since December 5, 1962.

    • Olympia is cousin to the 1988 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

    • Olympia and actress Anita Gillette have shared the same on-screen love interest, twice. Larry Haines in Search For Tomorrow and Vincent Gardenia in Moonstruck.

    • Olympia's Best Supporting Actress Oscar statuette was stolen from her kitchen in 1989. The burglar left only her nameplate.

    • Olympia is the sister of Apollo Dukakis.

  • Quotes

    • Olympia: You don't stay married for thirty-nine years because of sex or even because of love, but rather because your partner is a real friend to you, because they respect and regard you.

    • Olympia: Winning is everything in Hollywood.

    • Olympia: When my children were born, I didn't have them baptized because I felt baptism was about erasing Original Sin something the Church said children got from their mother, and I absolutely refused to believe women carry Original Sin.

    • Olympia: When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my bed every night before I went to sleep, and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.

    • Olympia: I constantly play women who are damaged and out of touch, who are seeking without knowing, or knowing without the skills to transform their lives. But then, that's really the fate of many women today.

    • Olympia: My husband is a fall-away Catholic, but with a vengeance. He's actually more of a feminist than I am.

    • Olympia: Most of us are not real eager to grow, myself included. We try to be happy by staying in the status quo. But if we're not willing to be honest with ourselves about what we feel, we don't evolve.

    • Olympia: I think we're socialized out of being women, and then we have to find our way back to it. That's hard to do.

    • Olympia: I think we have to be careful about what we label as a prerequisite for spirituality. I don't think you have to know a lot to have a spiritual life, but knowing gives life richness.

    • Olympia: I think most of us talk one way and live another. There are a few people who truly, truly walk the talk.

    • Olympia: I talk to women's groups all over the country and see women struggling with this. The fear of not being accepted, of being different, of not having a man, all make it hard for a woman to do what she really believes is right for her.

    • Olympia: I sometimes truly despair at ever being meaningfully altered and affected by the things I claim are so important to me.

    • Olympia: I always look for ways to move the character to places within herself where it becomes necessary to confront something, to learn something new.

    • Olympia: God is not something I think about but something I experience as an energy, a Presence. I do find it easier to pray to a female Presence or an androgynous Presence.

    • Olympia: I don't turn down a lot of film work. I like to work, so I decided that just because projects came that didn't fulfill all my criteria, that didn't necessarily mean I shouldn't do them. When that kind of work is coming my way, I figure I shouldn't question it too much.

    • Olympia: I had no idea what my role in Moonstruck would end up meaning to me. All I knew was that it was a good part, good money, and good people to work with.

    • Olympia: People have this fantasy of Greeks smashing plates and dancing. They really are much more introspective, a very nose-to-the-grindstone people.

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