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Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ actress, has died

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning ‘Moonstruck’ actress, has died

Olympia Dukakis, an Oscar-winning actress for her role in “Moonstruck,” died Saturday in New York City. She was 89 years old.

“After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis,” Apollo Dukakis posted on Facebook. Olympia Dukakis’ publicist, Allison Levy, also confirmed the death to CNN.

Although she had a stage career that spanned decades, Dukakis became best-known for her portrayal of Rose Castorini, the nosy-but-sensitive Italian mother in the 1987 film “Moonstruck,” stealing many scenes from Cher, who played her daughter. Dukakis and Cher both won Academy Awards for their performances.

Later roles included Clairee Belcher in the 1989 film “Steel Magnolias,” in which she encourages a grieving M’Lynn Eatenton, portrayed by Sally Field, to slap Shirley MacLaine’s character, saying, “Knock her lights out, M’Lynn!”

Dukakis passed away three years after the death of her husband, fellow actor Louis Zorich.

A native of Massachusetts, Dukakis was the first cousin of former state Gov. Michael Dukakis, who became the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, but ultimately lost to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush.

Dukakis introduced her cousin at the Democratic National Convention, and also served as a delegate-at-large.

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On Monday, MTV will debut its inaugural UNSCRIPTED portion of the award ceremony, to celebrate reality TV shows and moments.

Details on the shows follow below.

Where to watch:

The 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards will air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, simultaneously on MTV, MTV2, BET, BET Her, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, Nick at Nite, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1.

The hosts:

The always hilarious Leslie Jones will host Sunday’s ceremony. Comedian Nikki Glaser will host the UNSCRIPTED show on Monday.

Notable honors

Sacha Baron Cohen will be honored with the “Comedic Genius Award” and Scarlett Johansson will receive the “Generation Award.”

Presenters

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