Sally Field Mourns Death of ‘Steel Magnolias’ Co-Star Olympia Dukakis in Touching Tribute

by Clayton Edwards

Iconic character actor and co-star of Steel Magnolias, Olympia Dukakis passed away yesterday morning. The star left a mourning family, as well as several close friends from Hollywood behind. Those dear friends took to social media to mourn and pay tribute to Dukakis. Among those was fellow Steel Magnolias star Sally Field.

The actor’s brother announced her death yesterday. In doing so, he said that Olympia Dukakis passed away after months of “failing health.” However, he noted that she was at peace. He also added that his sister was finally with her loving late husband Louis Zorich again. It didn’t take long for the internet to explode with messages from people who worked with or looked up to the veteran actress. To steal a phrase from her Steel Magnolias character Clairee Belcher, they loved her more than their luggage. They made that love obvious with their online tributes to the late actor.

Sally Field Remembers Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis’s friends and former co-stars had many words to describe her. They called her an actor’s actor, a rare talent, as well as a brilliant teacher. However, Sally Field may have said it best in her tweet.

The Steel Magnolias star kept her tribute short, simple, and to the point. At the same time, it was incredibly touching. Of the late actor Field said, “What can I say but I loved her? Everyone loved her.” Field went on to say that Olympia Dukakis was “…a gift. Unique and talented and one of a kind.”

There is a reason behind the outpouring of tributes to Olympia Dukakis. Not only was she, by all accounts, sweet, funny, and easy to work with, but she also had a long and varied career. Dukakis took roles on the stage, small screen, and big screen alike.

Olympia Dukakis started her career as an actress on the stage in the summer of 1963. Over the years she would hold several Off-Broadway roles in various productions. Her last turn on the stage was in 2013 as the lead in Mother Courage and Her Children.

Her film career was long and varied. Moviegoers know Olympia Dukakis for her roles in films such as Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias. However, she did not limit herself. She was in several raucous comedies like Mafia! and Naked Gun 33 1/3. Dukakis also appeared in the 1974 Charles Bronson revenge/crime thriller Death Wish. Her final role was that of the judge in the upcoming film Not To Forget. That film is currently in post-production, according to IMDb.