Viola Davis, Bradley Whitford and More Pay Tribute to Olympia Dukakis: ‘An Actor’s Actor’

And it is. Amid the sweat and the angst, don't forget the fun. "Olympia Dukakis was a great actress who loved the work and loved the theatre. Actor Michael McKean also expressed his admiration for Dukakis and recalled the lessons he learned from her. Rest in peace, Olympia." She was the acting teacher who spoke to me (and many, many others) with clarity and humor and NO censor," he wrote. "She would tell us: don't forget that the reason you wanted to do this was that it looked like fun. Before appearing in "This is Spinal Tap," McKean studied acting under Dukakis at New York University.


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A true Steel Magnolia within a more common forest. Rest now among the heaves, Olympia." Ah, what a life force, her later years her best. "Olympia Dukakis has departed our company. We were Moonstruck by her, as she told us Great Tales of the City. Invoking titles from Dukakis' filmography, actor George Takei reflected on her talent.


"The West Wing" actor Bradley Whitford paid tribute to Dukakis, calling her a "brilliant, strong, hilarious soul. An actor's actor."


"After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis," brother Apollo Dukakis wrote in Facebook post. With the news of Dukakis' death, Hollywood flocked to social media to express similar sentiments and pay their respects to the character actors' illustrious legacy. Dukakis died on Saturday at age 89 in New York City.


"I love you more than my luggage," Olympia Dukakis' Clairee Belcher says to Shirley MacLaine's Ouiser Boudreaux in the beloved 1989 movie "Steel Magnolias."

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