Cher has led the Hollywood royalty paying tribute to the late actress Olympia Dukakis.
The Oscar-winning actress died at the age of 89 on Saturday morning in New York City.
Her brother Apollo Dukakis revealed on Facebook on Saturday: “My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City.
“After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis.”
Olympia had been married to actor Louis Zorich from 1962 until his death in 2018. They shared three children together.
Tributes have poured in from across the world of Film and Television, from co-stars of the late actress to great admirers of her body of work.
In addition to her Oscar-winning turn in 1987’s Moonstruck opposite Cher and Nicolas Cage, Dukakis also starred in the films Steel Magnolias and Lucky Day.
She was also known for her beloved role as the mothering transgender San Fransisco resident Mrs Madrigal in the drama series Tales of the City, which returned for a mini-series on Netflix in 2019 with original star Laura Linney and new cast additions including Elliot Page.
Last year, a documentary entitled Olympia was released about her life and featured many of her peers from her career, including Laura Linney, Diane Ladd, Whoopi Goldberg and Ed Asner.
Now, Olympia’s Moonstruck co-star Cher has tweeted: “Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress.
“Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was That Of a Suffering Wife, We [laughing emoji] ALL The Time.
“She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis,Her”Handsome Talented,Husband”
“.I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One”.
She later tweeted: “Wrote This Hrs Ago,But Didn’t hit Twt [sad face emoi].Heard Olympia Was Sick So Called Her Daughter & Said Could I Talk 2 Her.
“She Said ‘She might Not HEAR or SPEAK’.
“I Called In2 The Receiver’Olympia It’s Cher,I [heart emoji] You’.
“Remember Moonstruck, She Said ‘oh cher,I[heartemoji’you’SheWasWeakButHappyRIPO”[heartemoji’you’SheWasWeakButHappyRIPO”
The pair both won Academy Awards for their performances in Moonstruck back in 1988, with Cher winning Best Actress and Dukakis winning Best Supporting Actress.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has also tweeted: “Olympia Dukakis brought warmth, humor and wit to the stage and screen for almost 60 years, including a stellar run of unforgettable roles in “Steel Magnolias” “Tales of the City” and “Moonstruck,” for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She will be missed.”
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis also shared her thoughts of the late actress, penning: “RIP Olympia Dukakis…the consummate actor. You made all around you step up their game. A joy to work with. Rest well. ‘May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest’.”
Meanwhile, Star Trek legend George Takei tweeted: “Olympia Dukakis has departed our company. We were Moonstruck by her, as she told us great Tales of the City.
“A true Steel Magnolia within a more common forest. Ah, what a life force, her later years her best. Rest now among the heavens, Olympia.”
The West Wing star Bradley Whitford penned: “Brilliant, strong, hilarious soul. An actor’s actor. Rest In Peace Olympia Dukakis.”
Meanwhile, actress Betty Buckley wrote on Twitter : “So very sad to hear this. Olympia Dukakis, such a wonderful actress & beautiful person. #RIP “.
Rest in peace, Olympia.
Olympia Dukakis (1931-2021)