Olympia Dukakis won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Dukakis told George that nothing was never the same after that.
"That changed my whole life," said Dukakis. "My daughter was going to college on credit cards when I did that movie. And after we were able to send our children to college with no problems."
One of the benefits of becoming an award-winning actress was the effect it had on her family.
"It felt like I was going to be a good parent," she said. "You know how it feels like when you can't do those things? You feel like you failed. But the fact that... we were able to do that made me feel that, y'know, I provided."
Dukakis' newest project is the OUTtv television show Sex and Violence. Her interview with George airs Tuesday, December 17 at 7 pm on CBC.
Moonstruck - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor (MGM)
Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The City - American Playhouse
Sex & Violence - Emotion Pictures
Oscar Win - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Steel Magnolias – TriStar Pictures
Cloudburst – Emotion Pictures
Never Too Late – Allegro Film Productions III Inc., Telefilm Canada