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Olympia Dukakis won the Academy Award¨ and the Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Rose Castorini in the 1988 film Moonstruck. The role brought her to national prominence and the additional honor of awards from the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the National Board of Review, as well as garnering her the American Comedy Award.

Dukakis has also starred in Picture Perfect, Jeffrey, Mighty Aphrodite, Mr. Holland's Opus, I Love Trouble, The Cemetery Club, Working Girl, Steel Magnolias, Dad, The Idolmaker, Jim Abrahams' Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, and in Look Who's Talking and its two sequels. She most recently starred in the forthcoming features The Color Grey and Better Living.

She won a CableACE Award for her performance in the A&E telefilm The Last Act is a Solo, and received an Emmy Nomination for Lucky Day and a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Dolly Sinatra in the miniseries Sinatra. She received critical acclaim for her leading role in the highly praised miniseries based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, which aired on PBS, and most recently starred in its forthcoming sequel, More Tales of the City. Her other telefilm credits include A Match Made in Heaven, A Fire in the Dark, and the recent Scattering Dad.

Born in Massachusetts, Dukakis made her motion picture debut in 1963, and her career as an actress, director, producer and teacher has spanned over 30 years. She earned both her bachelor's and her master's of fine arts degrees from Boston University. Renowned for her theater work, she debuted in New York off-Broadway and went on to appear on Broadway and at regional theaters in over 125 plays.

She has won two Obie Awards for her performances in Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Bertolt Brecht's A Man's Man, and won the Theater World Award for A View From the Bridge. She has starred on Broadway in Social Security, Abraham Cochrane, Night of the Iguana, The Aspern Papers and Who's Who in Hell, and has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival in Peer Gynt. She has recently starred in Hecuba at San Francisco's ACT, in Mother Courage at the Great Lakes Theater Festival, and in The Glass Menagerie with the Trinity Repertory Company.

Dukakis has been a master teacher in drama at New York University and at Yale, and she was a founding member of the Charles Playhouse in Boston, and founder of The Whole Theater in Montclair, New Jersey, as well as serving as its artistic director for 19 years. The Whole Theater won the State's Artistic Achievement Award and was nominated for a Tony Award before closing in 1990.

updated 28-Aug-2002