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“Well, you know what they say: if you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!” The Academy Award-winning actress behind this famous Steel Magnolias quote is coming to Pace!

If you don’t know her from Steel Magnolias, maybe her infamous “don’t sh*t where you eat” Moonstruck quote is what you remember her by. In any case, Performing Arts at Pace presents The Masters Series: An Evening with Olympia Dukakis on Monday, November 25.

Oscar-winning actress, producer, author, director, and social activist Olympia Dukakis is joining Pace University Performing Arts students for a conversation about her career on stage and screen. Olympia Dukakis has appeared in more than 40 films, 100 plays, and 26 television movies, and has played parts ranging from her Oscar-winning role in 1987 as Cher's mother in Moonstruck, which made her famous, to the transsexual landlady in television's Tales of the City and More Tales of the City. She has also directed, taught acting, helped found five theaters, including the Whole Theater, and won numerous awards. The event, which will be held on Monday, November 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Schimmel Theatre, will be moderated by Cosmin Chivu, the Director of the BA International Performance Ensemble/ Pace Performing Arts. The event is free for all Pace students, faculty, and staff.

Additional information about Dukakis: Broadway credits include Rose (Drama Desk Award Nominee), Social Security, Who's Who in Hell. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: The Milktrain Doesn’t Stop Here AnymoreThe Tempest, Singing ForestThe Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving ClassTitus AndronicusA Man’s a Man (Obie Award), Electra and Peer Gynt at the Public Theatre.

She won an Academy Award for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel MagnoliasDadLook Who’s Talking I, II & IIIMighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. 

Television credits include: Bored to Death (most recent), Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy nominee), and Further Tales of the City, among more than 40 others. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. She will be seen at Shakespeare & Co. this summer in the title role of Mother Courage and Her Children. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at NYU for 14 years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.