Remembering Olympia Dukakis With Her Best “Steel Magnolias” Lines

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On the morning of Saturday, May 1, Apollo Dukakis made a heartbreaking announcement on Facebook.

“My beloved sister, Olympia Dukakis, passed away this morning in New York City,” he wrote. “After many months of failing health she is finally at peace and with her Louis.”

“Her Louis,” who Apollo referred to in his Facebook post, was actor Louis Zorich, Olympia’s husband of 56 years, who passed away in 2018. They had three children together, Christina, Stefan, and Peter.

Olympia began acting on the stage and had a decades-long career, but she is best known for her role in 1987’s Moonstruck. She played Rose Castorini, the nosy mother of Loretta, played by Cher. They both took home Academy Awards for their roles.

Upon hearing of her passing, Cheer took to Twitter to mourn her co-star and friend.

In 1989, she starred in Steel Magnolias alongside Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Darryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, and Julia Roberts, playing Clairee Belcher, the former mayor’s cheerful, witty, and feisty widow.

Clairee was known for her one-liners. Here’s a list of some of her best ones:

Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me.”

“Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today – you run over a small child or something?”

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”

And of course, “Hit this! Go ahead M’Lynn, slap her!” followed by, “M’Lynn, you just missed the chance of a lifetime! Half o’ Chiquapin Parish’d give their eye teeth to take a whack at Ouiser!”