SOFIA CARMINA COPPOLA (/ˈkoʊpələ/ KOH-pə-lə ; born May 14,
1971) is an American screenwriter , director , producer and former
She is the daughter of director, producer and screenwriter Francis
Ford Coppola , and made her film debut as an infant in her father's
acclaimed 1972 crime drama
The Godfather . She later appeared in a
supporting role in
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and portrayed Mary
Corleone , the daughter of
Michael Corleone , in The Godfather: Part
III (1990). The latter film earned her much derision and critical
backlash, effectively ending her acting career. Coppola then turned
her attention to film-making.
She made her feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama The
Virgin Suicides (1999), based on the novel of the same name by Jeffery
Eugenides . It was the first of her collaborations with actress
Kirsten Dunst . In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best
Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation , and
became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best
Director . In 2006, Coppola directed the historical drama Marie
Antoinette , starring Dunst as the ill-fated French queen . In 2010,
with the drama Somewhere , she became the first American woman (and
fourth American filmmaker) to win the
Golden Lion , the top prize at
Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival . In 2013, she directed the satirical crime
The Bling Ring , based on the crime ring of the same name .
2017 Cannes Film Festival , Coppola became the second woman
(and the first American woman) in the festival's history to win the
Best Director award , for the movie The Beguiled .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Early career
* 2.2 Filmmaking
* 2.3 Television
* 2.4 Modeling
* 2.5 Stage direction
* 3 Awards
* 4 Personal life
* 5 Filmography
* 5.1 Director
* 5.1.1 Film
* 5.1.2 Music videos
* 5.1.3 Advertisements
* 5.2 Actress
* 5.2.1 Film
* 5.2.2 Music videos
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Sofia Coppola was born in
New York City
New York City , New York , the youngest
child and only daughter of set decorator/artist
Eleanor Coppola (née
Neil) and director
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola . Her father is of Italian
descent. She was raised on her parents' farm in Rutherford,
California , a rural area in Napa Valley , and graduated from St.
Helena High School in 1989. She later attended
Mills College and the
California Institute of the Arts . At fifteen, she interned with
Chanel . After dropping out of college, Coppola started a clothing
line called Milkfed, which is now sold exclusively in Japan. Among
her extensive Hollywood family is her aunt
Talia Shire and her first
Nicolas Cage and
Jason Schwartzman .
Coppola's acting career, marked by frequent criticisms of nepotism
and negative reviews, began while she was an infant, as she made
background appearances in seven of her father's films. The best known
of these early roles is her appearance in
The Godfather as the infant
Michael Francis Rizzi in the baptism scene. Coppola returned to her
father's trilogy in both the second and third Godfather films, playing
an immigrant child in Part II and playing Michael Corleone's daughter
in Part III , after the originally cast actress Winona Ryder
discontinued her involvement with the film. Coppola responded to a
question about her role in
The Godfather Part III in a 2013 interview:
Let's see. Did I not wanna do it? Um. I was game. I was trying
different things. It sounded better than college. I didn't really
think about the public aspect of it. That took me by surprise. The
whole reaction. People felt very attached to the Godfather films. I
grew up with them being no big deal. I mean, I understand they're
great films but... I dunno. I'm not surprised. It makes sense that
people would have an opinion about it but I got a lot of attention I
wasn't expecting. I was going to art school anyway so I was able to
get back to what I was doing. It was before the Internet so magazines
would come out but then the next month they were gone. There wasn't
even as much paparazzi around then.
Coppola also acted in her father's films The Outsiders (1983), in a
Matt Dillon , Tommy Howell , and
Ralph Macchio are eating
Dairy Queen ;
Rumble Fish (1983); The Cotton Club (1984); and as
Kathleen Turner 's sister Nancy Kelcher in Peggy Sue Got Married
(1986) who she would later work with on her feature film directing
debut, The Virgin Suicides.
Frankenweenie (1984) was the first film that she performed in that
was not associated with her father; however, it often goes unnoted due
to her stage name "Domino", which she adopted at the time because she
thought it was glamorous. The 1989 short film, entitled Life Without
Zoe , was released as part of a tripartite anthology film New York
Stories , and was co-written by a teenage Coppola with her father, who
also directed the film.
After she was critically panned for her performance in The Godfather
Part III, for which she was named "Worst Supporting Actress" and
"Worst New Star" at the
1990 Golden Raspberry Awards , Coppola ended
her acting career, although she appeared in the 1992 independent film
Inside Monkey Zetterland , as well as in the backgrounds of films by
her friends and family: for example, she appeared as Saché in George
Lucas ' Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 1999. She has
since been quoted as saying that she was not hurt by the criticism
from her role in
The Godfather Part III, because she never especially
wanted an acting career.
Coppola also appears in several music videos from the 1990s: The
Black Crowes ' "Sometimes Salvation";
Sonic Youth 's "Mildred Pierce";
Madonna 's "
Deeper and Deeper ";
The Chemical Brothers ' "Elektrobank
", which was directed by her future husband
Spike Jonze ; and later
Phoenix 's "Funky Squaredance".
Coppola in 2003
Coppola's first short film was
Lick the Star (1998). It played many
times on the
Independent Film Channel . She made her feature film
directing debut with
The Virgin Suicides (1999). It received critical
acclaim upon its premiere in North America at the 2000 Sundance Film
Festival and was released later that year.
Her second feature was Lost in Translation (2003). Coppola won the
Academy Award for her original screenplay and three Golden Globe
Awards including Best Picture Musical or Comedy. After Lina
Jane Campion , Coppola became the third female
director to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing and the
second to win the Original Screenplay award, after Campion in 1994
(Wertmüller was also nominated), thus making a pattern for the female
directors to be nominated for both awards. Her win for best original
screenplay in 2003 made her a third-generation Oscar winner. In 2004,
Coppola was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Her third film was the biopic
Marie Antoinette , adapted from the
biography by British historian
Antonia Fraser .
Kirsten Dunst plays
the title character, who marries King Louis XVI , played by Jason
Schwartzman , Coppola's cousin. It debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film
Festival where, despite boos in the audience, it received a standing
ovation. Critics were divided.
Her fourth film was Somewhere (2010). The movie was filmed at Chateau
Marmont . The plot focuses on a "bad boy" actor portrayed by Stephen
Dorff who is forced to reevaluate his life when his daughter, played
Elle Fanning , arrives unexpectedly. In November 2010, Coppola was
Joel Coen , who professed his admiration of Coppola's
work, at the DGA screening of Somewhere in New York City.
Coppola's next film,
The Bling Ring (2013), was based on actual
events centered around the
Bling Ring , a group of California
teenagers who burgled the homes of several celebrities over 2008 and
2009, stealing around $3 million in cash and belongings. Emma Watson
Taissa Farmiga ,
Leslie Mann ,
Israel Broussard ,
Katie Chang ,
Claire Julien starred in the film. The film opened the Un Certain
Regard section of the
2013 Cannes Film Festival . Coppola in
An announcement in mid-December 2013 stated that American Zoetrope
had successfully attained the screen rights for the memoir Fairyland:
A Memoir of My Father and that Coppola will adapt the book with Andrew
Durham. Coppola will also produce the film with her brother Roman.
In March 2014, it was reported that Coppola was in negotiations to
direct a live-action adaptation of
The Little Mermaid from a script by
Caroline Thompson . Coppola wanted to shoot her version underwater ,
and although she later admitted that such a prospect was unrealistic,
test footage was shot. In June 2015, it was announced Coppola had
dropped out of the film due to creative differences.
Coppola collaborated again with her Lost in Translation star Bill
A Very Murray Christmas , which starred Murray and was
co-written by herself, Murray and
Mitch Glazer . The film, an homage
Christmas -themed variety shows , was released in December
Coppola directed The Beguiled , a remake of the 1971 Western film of
the same name , starring
Nicole Kidman ,
Elle Fanning and Kirsten
Dunst . The film premiered at the
2017 Cannes Film Festival , where
Coppola became the second woman (and the first American woman) to win
the Best Director award .
In the mid-1990s, she and best friend
Zoe Cassavetes helmed the
short-lived series Hi Octane on
Comedy Central which spotlit
performers in underground music . The show was cancelled after four
In December 2008, Coppola's first commercial premiered during an
Gossip Girl . The advertisement which she directed for the
Christian Dior fragrance Miss Dior Chérie which was shot in France
Maryna Linchuk was very well received and continues to be
In October 2014, Coppola launched a series of
Christmas ads for the
clothing chain Gap .
At the beginning of the 1990s, she was often featured in
girl-oriented magazines like Seventeen and YM . In 1998, she cofounded
the clothing line Milk Fed in Japan with friend Stephanie Hayman in
Sonic Youth 's
Kim Gordon . In 2002, fashion designer
Marc Jacobs chose the actress/director to be the 'face' of his house's
fragrance. The campaign involved photographs of her shot by
Jürgen Teller in his signature over-exposed style. The
July 2013 issue of Elle featured photographs shot by Coppola of Paris
Hilton at her Beverly Hills mansion (which makes a cameo in The Bling
In May 2016, the
New York Times
New York Times reported that Coppola would be making
her debut as an opera director. She is currently directing a
La Traviata for the Teatro Nazionale in
Rome , Italy.
Coppola was nominated for three
Academy Awards for her 2003 film Lost
in Translation, in the categories of Best Picture , Best Director ,
and Best Original Screenplay . She would go on to win for Best
Original Screenplay , but lost the other two nominations to Peter
Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King .
Her nomination for Best Director made her the first American woman in
history to be nominated in that category, and the third woman overall,
Lina Wertmüller and
Jane Campion . In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow
became the fourth woman to be nominated, and the first to win the
award. Coppola, however, remains the youngest woman to be nominated in
the Best Director category.
Her win for Best Original Screenplay resulted in her family becoming
the second three-generation Oscar-winning family, her grandfather
Carmine Coppola and her father
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola having previously
won Oscars. The first family to achieve this feat was the Huston
family: Walter , John , and Anjelica .
For her work on Lost in Translation, Coppola also won the Best Motion
Picture and Best Screenplay Golden Globes, in addition to receiving
BAFTA Award nominations.
On September 11, 2010, Somewhere won the
Golden Lion , the top prize
Venice International Film Festival
Venice International Film Festival . Coppola is the first
American woman to win the award.
On May 28, 2017, Coppola was awarded the Best Director Award at the
Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival for The Beguiled, making her the second ever
woman (and the first American woman) to win the award.
In 1992, Coppola met director
Spike Jonze ; they married in 1999 and
divorced in 2003. In an official statement, Coppola's publicist
explained that the divorce decision was reached "with sadness". It is
widely believed that a minor character in Lost in Translation is based
on Jonze, as Coppola stated after the film's release, "There are
elements of Spike there, elements of experiences."
Coppola married musician
Thomas Mars on August 27, 2011 at Palazzo
Margherita in Bernalda, Italy. They met while producing the
soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides. They have two daughters: Romy
(born November 28, 2006), whose name is a homage to Coppola's brother
Roman , and Cosima (born May 2010).
Coppola and her family lived in Paris for several years before moving
New York City
New York City in 2010.
Lick the Star
The Virgin Suicides
Lost in Translation
The Bling Ring
A Very Murray Christmas
Netflix holiday special
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* "Playground Love" by Air (2000)
* "City Girl " by
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* "I Just Don\'t Know What to Do with Myself " by The White Stripes
* "Chloroform " by Phoenix (2013)
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