Olympia Dukakis, known best for her performances of spunky Clairee Belcher in the 1989 classic Steel Magnolias.
Academy Award winner Olympia (best name ever, btw) was remembered after her recent death by her Steel Magnolias costars Sally Field and Dolly Parton. “I was so sorry to hear that Olympia Dukakis had passed away,” Parton, 75, told Today. “She has been one of my favorite people that I have ever known or worked with.”
Parton added, “I really got very close to her and felt like we were good friends. Even though I didn’t get to see her much, I thought of her often and knew that she was such a quality human being. She will be missed by her fans, her family, and those of us that were lucky enough to get to know her personally.”
Field, 74, paid tribute on Twitter, writing, “What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her. She was a gift… unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace, my friend Olympia.”
Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing,Academy Award Winning Actress.Olympia Played My Mom In Moonstruck,& Even Though Her Part was
That Of a Suffering Wife, We?ALL The Time.She Would Tell Me How MUCH She Loved Louis,Her”Handsome Talented,Husband”.I Talked To Her 3Wks Ago. Rip Dear One pic.twitter.com/RcCZaeKFmz
— Cher (@cher) May 1, 2021
What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her. She was a gift..unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace my friend Olympia.
— Sally Field (@sally_field) May 2, 2021