Dolly Parton and Sally Field Remember Late 'Steel Magnolias' Co-star Olympia Dukakis

Jené Liebenberg
May 03, 2021
09:10 A.M.
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Olympia Dukakis passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. She was seen in the 1989 film "Steel Magnolias" alongside Dolly Parton and Sally Field. 


In the wake of Olympia Dukakis' death, her "Steel Magnolias" co-stars are rallying to remember the great actress and woman that she was. Dolly Parton and Sally Field were among those that paid tribute to Dukakis. 

The late actress formed part of the crew of women that portrayed the southern small-town narrative that started on the stage before turning into a hit film in the late 1980s. 

Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley MacLaine at the "Steel Magnolias" New York City Premiere on November 5, 1989 | Getty Images



As Parton and Field navigate the aftermath of Dukakis's death, they both released statements sharing heartfelt words about their co-star. Parton, 75, said in her statement: 

"She has been one of my favorite people that I have ever known or worked with. I really got very close to her and felt like we were good friends."

The country singer also reflected on her friendship with Dukakis, saying that although the two didn't see each other very often, Parton still valued her relationship with Dukakis over the years. 



Field, who played the role of M'Lynn Eatenton in "Steel Magnolias," took to Twitter to share her condolences after hearing the news of Dukakis's death over the weekend. 

Dukakis rounded off her career by hosting acting master classes throughout the country. 

While Field portrayed the role of M'Lynn, a mother who suffered the death of her daughter, in the classic film Oscar-winning Dukakis stepped in alongside her to fulfill the role of the beloved Clairee Belcher. 



More of the actress's co-stars also shared tributes as Cher took to social media to share her praises for Dukakis's work as an actress and express her sadness over her death. Her post reads

"Olympia Dukakis Was an Amazing Academy Award Winning Actress."

They worked together on the 1987 film “Moonstruck.” Dukakis walked away with both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the long-suffering mother, whose daughter was played by Cher. 



The sad news of the award-winning actress's death over the weekend was confirmed by her brother, Apollo Dukakis, and her agent, Allison Levy.

Dukakis's sibling shared in a Facebook post that she passed away in New York City following several months of poor health. She leaves behind her children Christina Zorich, Peter Zorich, and Stefan Zorich.


Having a lifetime of experience as an actress on both the stage and in front of the camera, Dukakis rounded off her career by hosting acting master classes throughout the country. 

Her life was documented in the feature film titled "Olympia," which was released in July 2020. A string of other movies, television programs, and broadway productions also form part of the actress's legacy.