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Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-Winning Star Of Moonstruck And Steel Magnolias, Dies Aged 89

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Oscar-winning actor Olympia Dukakis, has died aged 89.

The veteran stage and screen star was best known for her roles as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck and as Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias.

Allison Levy, her agent at Innovative Artists, said that Olympia died on Saturday at her home in New York City. Her cause of death was not given.

Olympia’s brother, Apollo Dukakis, also announced her death in a post on Facebook, writing: “My beloved sister ... passed away this morning in New York City. After many months of failing health she is finally at peace.”

Olympia rose to prominence in 1987 when she was 56, following her role as Rose in Moonstruck.

She won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film, while Cher took home the trophy for Best Actress.

Olympia won her Oscar through a surprising chain of circumstances, beginning with author Nora Ephron’s recommendation that she play Meryl Streep’s mother in the........

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