(June 20, 1931 – May 1, 2021)
Olympia Dukakis, a character actress, director, producer, teacher, and activist who received an Academy Award for her portrayal of a mother in the film "Moonstruck," died at the age of 89 at her home in Manhattan following a period of ill health under hospice care. Her brother Apollo announced her death on social media.
She was a theater veteran who became famous in the film later in her career. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
Dukakis won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the mother of a young widow played by Cher in the romantic comedy "Moonstruck" (1987). Dukakis was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. The actress has also honored for her performance in the 1989 film "Steel Magnolias," which starred Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, and Daryl Hannah.
Until 1988, the surname Dukakis was associated with her Oscar, as well as her cousin Michael Dukakis, who was elected to the Democratic presidential nomination. "OK, Michael, let's go," Dukakis said as he spoke at the award ceremony, raising a statuette. While Michael Dukakis lost the election to George H.W. Bush, she and her cousin remained politically engaged.
Dukakis appeared in over 130 stage plays, 60 films, and 50 television shows during his career. She started her acting career in the theatre before moving on to becoming a well-known film actress. She received an Obie Award for Best Actress in 1963 for her off-Broadway role in 'Man Equals Man,' a play by German modernist playwright Bertolt Brecht, not long after she arrived in New York City (originally offered by The Village Voice newspaper to theatre artists and groups in New York City).
She was nominated for another Golden Globe for the CBS biographical drama miniseries "Sinatra"(1992), stars Philip Casnoff, Joe Santos, Gina Gershon, Nina Siemaszko, and Bob Gunton, as well as Emmy nominations for "Lucky Day"(1991), "More Tales of the City"(1998) sequel to the controversial PBS mini-series, and epic historical drama film directed by Luc Besson "Joan of Arc" (1999). Olympia, a feature-length documentary about her life directed by Harry Mavromichalis, was released theatrically in the United States in 2020.
Dukakis' Oscar statuette was stolen from her New Jersey home in 1989.
Cause of death: unknown.
(September 17, 1932 – May 1, 2021)
Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Woodrow Hatchett died of natural causes in Tallahassee, according to a social media statement by Florida Supreme Court spokesperson Craig Waters. Hatchett, who served as Florida's 65th justice after statehood in 1845, was 88 years old.
Because of Jim Crow rules, a young Joseph W. Hatchett did not stay in the Miami hotel where the Florida Bar exam was administered in 1960. Hatchett would become the first African American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court in less than a decade. Hatchett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1954.
From 1954 to 1956, he was a lieutenant in the United States Army. In 1959, he received his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law (also known as Howard Law or HUSL). From 1959 to 1966, Hatchett worked as a private attorney in Daytona Beach. From 1977 to 1988, he was a lieutenant colonel and judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
From 1963 to 1966, he worked as a contractor for the Daytona Beach Urban Renewal Department. From 1966 to 1971, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida. From 1967 to 1971, he served as the First Assistant United States Attorney. From 1967 to 1968, he worked for the US Department of Justice as a special hearing officer for conscientious objectors.
Governor Reubin Askew voted Hatchett to Florida's supreme court in 1975. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1979, where, according to the Florida Supreme Court, “At the moment, he was the first African American to serve on a federal circuit that included the Deep South.”
Hatchett embarked on a new challenge twenty years later, after retiring in 1999, when he teamed up with the NAACP to campaign for the preservation of statewide preference services for minorities and women in Florida. He joined the law firm Akerman LLP ( a law firm based in Miami, Florida that was founded in 1920) in Tallahassee, Florida, in April 2018.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(December 11, 1978 – May 2, 2021)
Eric McClure, a former American NASCAR driver and team owner who made almost 300 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, died at the age of 42, according to his family. The cause of Eric's death is yet to be determined.
McClure was a graduate of Emory and Henry College and was born in Chilhowie, Virginia. He had seven daughters and was dating. From 2003 to 2016, McClure competed in NASCAR. In 2003, he made his Busch Series debut at Rockingham Speedway. The Xfinity Series, NASCAR's second-tier, was where he made the majority of his starts.
He competed in 288 races over 14 seasons, with his only top-10 finish coming in the season-opening race at Daytona in 2013. McClure paired up with Davis Motorsports for a 32-race series for the 2007 season. McClure finished eighth in the race a year after placing 16th in the points standings, which was a career-high. Larry has been a co-owner of Morgan-McClure Motorsports with Tim Morgan since July 2015, and the team played in the Cup Series full-time from 1983 to 2007.
Fourteen races were won by the No. 4 Morgan-McClure car, including three Daytona 500s. When racing with the club, Ernie Irvan won the 1991 Daytona 500, and Sterling Marlin won back-to-back Daytona 500s in 1994 and 1995. McClure's final NASCAR event was in the Xfinity Series race at Daytona in 2016, where he drove the No. 0 Chevrolet Camaro for JD Motorsports.
McClure's house in Abingdon, Virginia, was severely damaged by a tornado on April 27, 2011. McClure and his family, on the other hand, waited out the hurricane in their basement and were unharmed.
McClure was investigated for domestic violence in 2018 after one of his daughters reported him to the police; Miranda said Eric choked and beat her in front of their children. After a long appeals process, McClure was found guilty of misdemeanor domestic assault and pleaded no contest.
Cause of death: unknown.
(2 February 1938 – 2 May 2021)
Former Geelong president, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Frank Costa (Frank Aloysius Costa) has died of cancer, according to his family and the Geelong Football Club. He was 83. The only person to be called an AFL legend without ever having played for the Cats has passed away peacefully.
Costa took over as president of Geelong in 1998, when the AFL club was in deep financial difficulty, and oversaw a massive rebuild that resulted in one of the club's most profitable periods. Costa led the Cats to two championships in 2007 and 2009, and a third in 2011, the year he turned the reigns over to Colin Carter. The Cats went from being a financially troubled team to a dynasty that snapped a 44-year slump by winning the AFL premierships in 2007, 2009, and 2011.
Costa was admired at the Cats for his selfless attitude, which aided the club's cultural transformation into one of the most well-respected organizations in the AFL for most of this century. He was also approachable, down to earth, and had close links to supporters, players, coaches, executives, and the AFL's upper echelons.
Mr. Costa and his brother Adrian, a giant figure in Victoria's second-largest region, took over the family fruit and vegetable business in 1958 and grew Costa Group into a billion-dollar corporation. Costa was the driving force behind the Costa Group's transformation into Australia's biggest fruit and vegetable wholesaler since taking over the family business with his brother at the age of 21.
The Financial Review Rich List valued his net worth at $802 million in 2020. But the father of eight is perhaps better known for leading the Geelong Cats as president from 1998 to 2010. It would be difficult to write the club's biography without including Frank at the center over the last two decades. Costa willed a fractured club to become the club we know today.
In 1997, Costa received the Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to youth and the environment. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015. For his contributions to Australian society, he was awarded the Governor-Centenary General's Medal in 2003. Mr. Costa was officially inducted into the club's legends, becoming the 26th male and the first non-player to do so.
Cause of death: cancer.