Dukakis died in her home with her daughter Christina Zorich “by her side,” the family said in a statement.
“Your brother Apollo Dukakis, your sons Stefan and Peter Zorich and four grandchildren thank you for your love, prayers and friendly memories during this difficult time,” said the family.
Despite having had a decade-long stage career, Dukakis is best known for her portrayal of Rose Castorini, the curious but sensitive Italian mother in the 1987 film Moonstruck, who stole many scenes from Cher, who played her daughter.
At the 1988 Academy Awards, Dukakis won Best Supporting Actress, while Cher took home the Best Actress Award for her performance in the film.
Later roles included Clairee Belcher in the 1989 film Steel Magnolias, in which she encouraged a grieving M’Lynn Eatenton, portrayed by Sally Field, to punch Shirley MacLaine’s character and say, “Knock herlights, M ‘Lynn! “
Her television roles included transgender landlady Anna Madrigal in the 1993 miniseries “Tales of the City”. She repeated the role in the sequels “More Tales of the City” from 1998 and “Further Tales of the City” from 2001, according to IMDB .
A fourth version, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, was streamed on Netflix in 2019. Dukakis reappeared in the miniseries that was her final television role.
Dukakis died three years after the death of her husband, his fellow actor Louis Zorich. The couple married in 1962 and co-founded the Whole Theater Company in Montclair, New Jersey, which ran from 1971 to 1990, according to IMDB.
Dukakis is from Massachusetts and is the daughter of Greek immigrants. He was the first cousin of former Governor Michael Dukakis, who was named a Democratic candidate for president in 1988 but ultimately lost to then Vice-President George HW Bush.
Dukakis introduced her cousin at the 1988 Democratic National Convention in Atlanta and also acted as a delegate.