Olympia Mary Dukakis (Greek: Ολυμπία Δουκάκη; born June 20, 1931) is an American actress. She started her career in theater and won an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her off-Broadway performance in Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man. She later moved to film acting, and in 1987 she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA nomination for her performance in Moonstruck. She received another Golden Globe nomination for Sinatra and Emmy Award nominations for Lucky Day, More Tales of the City, and Joan of Arc.
Dukakis was married to actor Louis Zorich from 1962 until his death on January 30, 2018. They have three children. She is the cousin of Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president. She is a "sudoku fanatic."
Dukakis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of Alexandra "Alec" (née Christos) (1898–1994) and Constantine "Costa" S. Dukakis (1899–1975). Her parents were Greek emigrants, her father originally from Anatolia and her mother from the Peloponnese. She has a brother named Apollo and is a cousin of Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for President in 1988, for whom she was a delegate from New Jersey at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. She is an alumna of Arlington High School in Arlington, Massachusetts, and was educated at Boston University.
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The New Abolitionists
Filmmaker Christina Zorich follows abolitionists throughout Southeast Asia that have dedicated their lives to rescuing, rehabilitating, preventing and prosecuting those involved in human sex trafficki...
The New Greek Americans
A chronicle of the Greek diaspora in the United States, starting from the 60s, when young Greek Americans, despite their conservative and uptight upbringing, started to embrace the flow of change in m...
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Tales of the City
Mary Ann returned to San Francisco twenty years after leaving her family to pursue her career. Mary Ann is drawn back into the world of Anna Madrigal, her chosen family and a new generation of queer y...
Leonard Soloway's Broadway
Through verité documentary footage, humorous storytelling, interviews and archival film material, Leonard Soloway's Broadway captures a Broadway few ever see as told through the eyes of a legendary Br...
Change in the Air
A woman is moving into a community. As they embrace her, the locals will improve their lives. They can't help but notice that their new neighbor has a secret.
Follow Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis behind the scenes in this affectionate profile of a stalwart New Yorker and beloved stage and screen treasure.
The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
One of the world's most beloved storytellers is celebrated in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer.
7 Chinese Brothers
Larry is an unqualified, unemployable, inebriated prankster who rides a tide of booze onto the glorious shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. Taking a part-time job vacuuming and washing windshiel...
Emily & Tim
There are six vignettes in the movie. A look at the marriage of Tim and Emily Hanratty.
Irene & Marie
Olympia Dukakis and Rose Gregorio play Greek-American women in their 70s who create stories to avoid the realities of growing older.
A Little Game
Ostracized at her posh new uptown school and shaken by the death of her beloved grandmother, a 10 year-old downtown girl finds an unlikely mentor in the form of an irascible chess-master, who uses the...
A famous mystery writer sets out for revenge after being attacked.
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Sex & Violence
The lives of a social worker, a victims' advocate, and four others are followed.
The Last Keepers
Two people are the last survivors of an ancient line of goddess worshipers and they sell art. When their teenage daughter Rhea falls in love with a poetically inclined boy, she begins to develop magic...
The Christmas Spirit
Charlotte Hart, a distinguished journalist, is spending time with her family over the holidays when a real estate developer approaches their small town with quite an offer. Charlotte drives to see the...
The Dunderheads have been in the mountains for a long time. One step ahead of the law, Grandma matriarch Ira flees to Canada with her two wildly dysfunctional teenage grand kids, across the American W...
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale
The Deer Hunter was nominated for a Best Picture award. Most people don't know his name. You were a fresh tour through movies that defined a generation.
Away from Her
A man copes with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease when she transfers her affections to another man who is also a patient at the nursing home.
In the Land of Women
Carter moved to Michigan to take care of his ailing grandmother after a bad break up with his girlfriend. The mother and daughters live across the street from him.
Jesus, Mary and Joey
Twenty-something and aimless, Joey Vitello still lives at home with his colorful Italian-American family when he is reunited with a childhood schoolmate, Mary O'Callahan. Once mocked as 'Scary Mary' t...
Moonstruck: At the Heart of an Italian Family
A documentary shows the development of the script into a film. A real Italian father is the source of believability for the film, and it also describes the closeness among Italian families, which come...
Day On Fire
In 2006 a film called Day on Fire was filmed in New York City and Israel. It is written and directed by Jay Anania and features Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. The film was scored by John Medesk...
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines
Flynn Carsen received a map in the mail with the secret location of King Solomon's Mines after retrieving the Crystal Skull in Utah. Flynn is assigned to retrieve the map when the scroll is stolen bec...
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Based on actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide rang...
The Thing About My Folks
One night, Sam showed up with a note from Ben's mother. While Ben's wife and his three sisters try to find her, Ben takes Sam on a day trip to see a farmhouse that's for sale. The day trip turns into ...
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village...
Like many writers, Leopold De Angeli likes the drink a little too much. Theater friends attempt to save Leopold's life by staging an intervention.
The Great New Wonderful
There are five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain New York City.
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Center of the Universe
Center of the Universe is a television series on CBS, which ran from October 27, 2004, until January 19, 2005. The sitcom was canceled after just 10 episodes aired. It was set in downtown Tulsa, Oklah...
The Librarian: Quest for the Spear
A meek Librarian sets out to ensure the safe return of a magical artifact when it is lifted from his library
An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York. Nick, a district attorney invest...
Charlie's War is the story of Charlotte Lewis, a woman who is experiencing serious emotional and mental turmoil brought about by nightmares of increasing intensity. In the dreams, she is a young girl,...
A period drama about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her family.
Quiet and unassuming church organist Jenny Moran is depressed with her marriage to working-class Matt and leaves him. Jenny begins an affair with the manipulative and charming Dr. Stephen Carrow, who ...
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My Beautiful Son
A NYC psychiatrist is diagnosed with leukemia and when he finds out he was adopted, he travels to England in search of his birth mother and some answers. Paul Reiser, amber Sealey, and Lachele Carl.
Further Tales of the City
The denizens of 28 Barbary Lane venture beyond the City by the Bay to the home of a Hollywood icon, even to a remote Alaskan island, in the third part of Armistead Maupin's engaging saga.
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells
After Elizabeth's husband dies, she begins to play her tenor saxophone again, and remembers when she was 15 and a member of the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl (with one exception) swing band. Accompan...
Borough of Kings
Toil and trouble. Jimmy wants to leave South Brooklyn where hoods run the show. Since the death of his firefighter father, Jimmy's family has been the guys at the station house and Tommy, a mobster wh...
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Joan of Arc
Joan d'Arc was the teen who led French forces against the English.
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc was born in the war zone of Northern France. She often witnesses the horrors of war in her youth, but her spirit is kept high by a legend. One day a young maiden will unite the divided cou...
Crimes of Honour
Throughout the Islamic world, each year hundreds of women are shot, stabbed, strangled or burned to death by male relatives because they are thought to have “dishonoured” their families. They may hav...
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A comedy about families, the elements that bind them together, and hope in the face of hardship.
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America
This is a very clear and personalized presentation of the history and human impact of a seriously debilitating disease - one which we in the western world are too often tempted to think of in the past...
An agoraphobic woman who hasn't left her home in 20 years receives a visit from the spirit of her deceased husband who reminds her of a promise she made to scatter his ashes at his favorite vacation s...
The Pentagon Wars
The director of "Made In America" and "The Money Pit" makes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive mistakes in military history. Billions of dollars have been spent on the Bradley Fighting Vehi...
So Graham Norton
So Graham Norton was a British television programme, hosted by Irish personality Graham Norton. It ran from 3 July 1998 to 1 March 2002.
Jane Austen's Mafia!
The son of a Mafia king takes over for his dying father.
More Tales of the City
In this sequel to the controversial PBS mini-series,Mona Ramsey is on a cross-country trip that takes her to a brothel, which may hold a secret about her past. Mouse and Mary Ann went on a cruise toge...
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A young advertising executive's life becomes more complicated when she pretends to be engaged to a man she just met in order to impress her boss.
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
A Match Made in Heaven
A dying widow plays a game with her son and sets him up with a nurse.
Never Too Late
Four old friends reunite to investigate the death of a good friend.
Milk & Money
When David drops out of medical school, he finds out what life isn't really like. He meets beautiful women, holds a box, helps make a movie, and takes care of 21 cows in Manhattan.
A group of Christians are moving to Palestine.
Young at Heart
A matriarch of three generations born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, discovers that her recently-deceased husband has lost their bar and home to a gambling debt.
Weisser is a young college bound man whose future is threatened when his mother interferes with his love life and a pending scholarship. He also discovers that his mother's best friend wishes to get c...
When he and his wife adopted a baby, Lenny realized that his son is a genius and became obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant as well. When he learns th...
Being celibate protects Jeffrey from contracting AIDS. He declared a sex-free existence and met Steve Howard. Jeffrey asked his friends for help.
After a cop dies, his shield goes back on duty. They call it a "dead badge" - a way to honor a fallen officer. Badge #2424 used to belong to Many Torres - a cop who died of a heroin O.D. Now it belo...
Mr. Holland's Opus
Glenn Holland took a day job as a high school music teacher in 1965, believing it was just a small roadblock to his true calling. Holland must redefine his life's purpose as the decades roll by and ge...
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I Love Trouble
Two reporters from Chicago join forces to uncover a conspiracy.
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
Frank Drebin was persuaded to go undercover in a state prison. He is going to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned when he escapes. Jane is desperate for a baby. Frank's problems are made w...
Inside the Actors Studio
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
Touched by an Angel
Touched by an Angel was an American drama series that ran for nine seasons on CBS and ended on April 27, 2003 The series stars Roma Downey as an angel named Monica, and Della Reese as her supervisor. ...
3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Tales of the City
The first novel in the Tales of the City series was the basis for the miniseries.
Look Who's Talking Now!
Before James makes a terrible mistake, his wife, their kids and their two dogs must rescue him, because he is going to spend a romantic Christmas with his new employer.
A young boy is sent to live with relatives when his parents break up. He befriends a boy.
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.
The Cemetery Club
The story of three Pittsburgh widows who meet every year to visit their husband's graves and talk about their lives.
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Look Who's Talking Too
James and Mollie are raising a family, which now includes an older Mikey and a baby sister. When Stuart moves in, there is tension between the siblings. For the first time, Mikey is learning how to us...
In the Spirit
A woman moves back to New York and hires a New Age woman to redecorate her apartment. The movie takes a turn when the two escape to a New Age retreat in upstate New York to escape a murderer who is af...
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Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
The drama is about a beauty shop in Louisana owned by Truvy and the tragedies of her clients.
Look Who's Talking
There is a single working mother who is looking for the perfect father for her child. James, a cab driver turned babysitter, has what it takes to make her baby and her happy. James won't be considered...
A busy executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying. He becomes closer to his father than before. Estranged from his son, the executive realized what was missing in his life.
An ambitious secretary with a unique approach for climbing the ladder to success is the name of the game. When her boss breaks a leg, she takes over. She creates a deal with an investment banker that ...
After accepting a marriage proposal from her doltish boyfriend, Johnny, the Italian-American widow finds herself falling in love with his younger brother, Ronny. She tries to resist, but Ronny lost hi...
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Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...
Aging New York cabbie Flanagan still has hopes of making it as a stage actor. He can recite any Shakespeare sonnet and is facile with accents, but he can't land an agent or a job. During the course of...
The joy and pain of adolescence can be found on the streets of the Bronx. Richard Price wrote a novel about the history of the Italian-American gang.
Two 12 year olds from the broken homes of the Upper West Side are struggling to understand their parents lives and feelings.
Anton Chekhov's play "The Seagull" is brought to life in this acclaimed 1975 production directed by John Desmond. Seeking to reform the theater, Konstantin (Frank Langella) has written an experimental...
A teenager becomes a hero after his family's bakery is destroyed.
After his wife is murdered by street punks, a New York City architect becomes a one-man squad, prowling the streets for would-be muggers after dark.
The Greek military junta was indicted. The film tries to give a reconstruction of the events during the students' uprising in the Athens Polytechnic.
Danielle kills a man. She called the police because she was afraid. When the detective arrived, Grace took matters into her own hands. Joseph Larch is a private investigator who helps her uncover a se...
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Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...
Made For Each Other
An eccentric woman meets an equally odd man at a group therapy session and they begin a relationship.
A rich, jet-setting playboy is also a professional Mafia hitman. His former employers don't like the idea that someone who knows so much about them won't be under their control anymore, so they send t...
John and Mary
John and Mary meet in a singles bar and spend the next day getting to know each other.
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The story of a young intern in a large metropolitan hospital trying to learn his profession, deal with the problems of his patients, and win the respect of the senior doctor in his specialty, internal...
1 TV show
Search for Tomorrow
Search for Tomorrow is an American soap opera that premiered on September 3, 1951, on CBS. The show was moved from CBS to NBC on March 29, 1982. It continued on NBC until the final episode aired on De...
Not To Forget
A judge sentences a self-centered young man to take care of his grandmother, who is affected by Alzheimer's. The young hero gets closer to grandma and the treasure he's been looking for as he learns t...