Dolly Parton, Sally Subject honor ‘Metal Magnolias’ co-star Olympia Dukakis: ‘What can I say however I cherished her’

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2021-05-04 20:31:47

Dolly Parton and Sally Subject have come ahead to honor their “Metal Magnolias” co-star Olympia Dukakis.

The veteran stage and display screen actress who received an Oscar for enjoying Cher’s mom within the romantic comedy “Moonstruck” handed away on Saturday at age 89.

“I used to be so sorry to listen to that Olympia Dukakis had handed away,” Parton, 75, tweeted on Monday. “She has been certainly one of my favourite those that I’ve ever identified or labored with. I actually obtained very near her and felt like we have been good buddies.”

“Although I didn’t get to see her a lot, I considered her typically and knew that she was such a high quality human being,” the nation star continued. “She will probably be missed by her followers, her household, and people of us that have been fortunate sufficient to get to know her personally.”


(L-R) Actresses Dolly Parton, Sally Subject and Olympia Dukakis on the premiere of the movement image ‘Metal Magnolias.’ 
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“What can I say however I cherished her,” tweeted Subject, 74. “Everybody cherished her. She was a present..distinctive and proficient and certainly one of a form. Relaxation in peace my buddy Olympia.”

“Metal Magnolias,” which relies on Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the identical identify, explores the bond {that a} group of Southern girls shares as they deal with the dying of certainly one of their very own. The 1989 movie additionally starred Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and Dylan McDermott, amongst others.

Whereas a reason for dying was not instantly launched, the late star’s household stated in an announcement that she had been in failing well being for months.

Dukakis received her Oscar by a shocking chain of circumstances, starting with writer Nora Ephron’s advice that she play Meryl Streep’s mom within the movie model of Ephron’s e-book “Heartburn.” 


Cher and Olympia Dukakis during The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. 

Cher and Olympia Dukakis throughout The fifteenth Annual Folks’s Alternative Awards at Disney Studios in Burbank, California, United States. 
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Dukakis obtained the position, however her scenes have been lower from the movie. To make it as much as her, director Mike Nichols forged her in his hit play “Social Safety.” Director Norman Jewison noticed her in that position and forged her in “Moonstruck.”

Dukakis received the Oscar for finest supporting actress and Cher took dwelling the trophy for finest actress.

She referred to her 1988 win as “the yr of the Dukakii” as a result of it was additionally the yr Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, her cousin, was the Democratic Social gathering’s presidential nominee. On the ceremony, she held her Oscar excessive over her head and known as out: “OK, Michael, let’s go!”

Her Oscar victory stored the motherly movie roles coming. She was Kirstie Alley’s mother in “Look Who’s Speaking” and its sequel “Look Who’s Speaking Too,” the sardonic widow in “Metal Magnolias” and the overbearing spouse of Jack Lemmon (and mom of Ted Danson) in “Dad.”


Actress Olympia Dukakis holds her Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for 'Moonstruck' at the Academy Awards April 11, 1988, in Los Angeles, CA. 

Actress Olympia Dukakis holds her Finest Actress in a Supporting Function Oscar for ‘Moonstruck’ on the Academy Awards April 11, 1988, in Los Angeles, CA. 
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Dukakis is survived by her youngsters Christina, Stefan and Peter; her brother Apollo Dukakis; and 4 grandchildren. Her husband, actor Louis Zorich, died in January 2018 at age 93.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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