RIP Olympia Dukakis

In memory of Olympia Dukakis, who died this weekend at 89, the following is an updated article from July 2020, written on the occasion of the release of the feature documentary, Olympia.

Called a “compelling profile of a woman who’s defiantly marched to the beat of her own drum” by The Hollywood Reporter, Olympia follows the Oscar winner through her roles of actor, teacher, wife, mother and social activist.

Olympia can be streamed from $3.99 at Google Play, Apple TV, Vimeo and FandangoNow.

Olympia, filmed from 2011 to 2014, features interviews with her Cemetery Club (1993) co-stars Diane Ladd and Lainie Kazan; her Tales of the City (all iterations, 1993-2019) co-star Laura Linney and writer Armistead Maupin; her cousin and 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis; and fellow thespians Whoopi Goldberg, Lynn Cohen, Austin Pendleton and Ed Asner.

Notably absent from the above list was anyone associated with Moonstruck (1987), the romcom film that earned Dukakis an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Since Moonstruck may be the movie you’ll want to see before or after screening Olympia, we’ll feature it here. Here’s a scene with Best Actress winner Cher:

And here’s Olympia’s Oscar moment:

Moonstruck is available to Amazon Prime and Hulu subscribers, or free with ads on Tubi. You can also rent it for $3.99 from Amazon, Google Play, AMC on Demand or other providers.

If your local library is associated with Hoopla you can stream The Cemetery Club. Or you can rent the comedy for $3.99 from several providers.

For more info on Olympia, visit

(Top photo: Olympia Dukakis in ‘Olympia.” Source: Facebook)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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