Olympia Dukakis to visit Elon and talk with public

Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis will answer questions from the public on Wednesday, Oct. 17, as part of her two-day visit to Elon University that includes an afternoon master class in the Center for the Arts.

Dukakis, who first earned her reputation on Broadway before moving to the silver screen, is taking part in a question-and-answer session from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Whitley Auditorium. The event is free to the public.

“We are thrilled and honored to have an artist of the caliber and accomplishment of Ms. Dukakis on our campus to interact with our performing arts majors and the campus at large,” said associate professor Fred Rubeck, chair of Elon’s Department of Performing Arts. “Our students will benefit greatly from the time she spends with us.”

Dukakis won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck. She also published a highly acclaimed autobiography, Ask Me Again Tomorrow: A Life in Progress, in 2003. Film credits include Steel Magnolias, Look Who’s Talking and Mr. Holland’s Opus.

A cousin of one-time presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, Olympia – who has also acted in, produced, directed and taught theater – today lives in New York City with her husband and acclaimed actor Louis Zorich.