Feb 20, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun
Actress Olympia Dukakis, center, a Lowell native, was recognized Tuesday at the Statehouse by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and state. Sen. Eileen Donoghue, right. At left at is Tony Simotes, artistic director of Shakespeare & Company. Courtesy photo
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BOSTON — Lowell-born actress Olympia Dukakis received an achievement award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council on Tuesday for her contributions to the arts community.
“This is not only because she is one of the most outstanding actresses I have admired since I was a girl, but because of the role model she has played,” Sen. Eileen Donoghue, D-Lowell, said, presenting Dukakis with her award. “The double thrill is that she’s from Lowell.”
The council, a state agency that funds cultural nonprofits and community-arts projects, presents the Commonwealth Awards biannually for achievement in arts and humanities in Massachusetts.