Dolly Parton, Sally Field honor ‘Steel Magnolias’ co-star Olympia Dukakis: ‘What can I say but I loved her’
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"I was so sorry to hear that Olympia Dukakis had passed away," Parton, 75, tweeted on Monday. "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."
"Even though I didn’t get to see her much, I thought of her often and knew that she was such a quality human being," the country star continued. "She will be missed by her fans, her family, and those of us that were lucky enough to get to know her personally."
(L-R) Actresses Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Olympia Dukakis at the premiere of the motion picture 'Steel Magnolias.' (Photo by Robin Platzer/Twin Images/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)
"What can I say but I loved her," tweeted Field, 74. "Everyone loved her. She was a gift..unique and talented and one of a kind. Rest in peace my friend Olympia."
"Steel Magnolias," which is based on Robert Harling’s 1987 play of the same name, explores the bond that a group of Southern women shares as they cope with the death of one of their own. The 1989 film also starred Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and Dylan McDermott, among others.
While a cause of death was not immediately released, the late star’s family said in a statement that she had been in failing health for months.
Dukakis won her Oscar through a surprising chain of circumstances, beginning with author Nora Ephron’s recommendation that she play Meryl Streep’s mother in the film version of Ephron’s book "Heartburn."