Sofia Coppola

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
As a member of a filmmaking dynasty that included such heavy-hitters as father Francis Ford Coppola, cousin Nicolas Cage and various other Hollywood luminaries, writer-director Sofia Coppola parlayed her industry clout ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1971 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

CQ 2002 (Movie)

Enzo's Mistress (Actor)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

Sache (Actor)

Hi-Octane 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

Mary Corleone (Actor)

Anna 1987 (Movie)

Noodle (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Nancy Kelcher (Actor)

Frankenweenie 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

Street Child (Actor)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

Patty's Sister (Actor)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Little Girl (Actor)
Director (9)

Lick the Star 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Platinum 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Bed, Bath and Beyond 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Lick the Star (TV Show)

Director
Writer (8)

Lick the Star 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hi-Octane 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (5)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hi-Octane 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Producer
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (2)

The Spirit of '76 1990 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Costume Designer)
Editor (1)

Bed, Bath and Beyond 1995 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

As a member of a filmmaking dynasty that included such heavy-hitters as father Francis Ford Coppola, cousin Nicolas Cage and various other Hollywood luminaries, writer-director Sofia Coppola parlayed her industry clout into acting, modeling and fashion design before becoming an Academy Award-winning filmmaker with "Lost in Translation" (2003). Prior to becoming a bona fide director in her own right, Coppola had the notorious distinction for being accused by some critics for almost singlehandedly destroying "The Godfather Part III" (1990) with her often stilted performance as Mary Corleone. Though she had appeared onscreen before in various other films - namely ones directed by her father - Coppola effectively ended her career in front of the camera amidst rampant calls of nepotism. After drifting through various other creative endeavors, she made a huge splash by tackling risky source material to helm an inventive and imaginative adaptation of "The Virgin Suicides" (2000), which earned serious praise on the festival circuit while establishing her as a serious filmmaker to watch. But it was her second film, "Lost in Translation," that announced her arrival in earnest. She followed up with the controversial "Marie Antoinette" (2006), which divided both critics and audiences over its non-political and historically devoid take on the famed Queen of France. Nonetheless, Coppola managed to pursue her filmmaking ambitions on her own terms, without the pressure of having to live up to her family name.

Relationships

Nicolas Cage Actor

Cousin
Born Jan. 7, 1964 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang; won an Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995)

Francis Ford Coppola Actor

Father
Born April 7, 1939 Directed daughter in films including "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1990) Collaborated on the "Life With Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"

Eleanor Coppola Actor

Mother
Born May 4, 1936; married Francis Ford Coppola in 1963 Directed the documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" (1991) about the making of her husband's film "Apocalypse Now"

August Coppola

Great-Grandfather
Emigrated to U.S. from Naples, Italy as Enrico Caruso's piano accompanist

Christopher Coppola Actor

Cousin
Born Jan. 25, 1962 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang; brother of Nicolas Cage and Marc Coppola

Antonio Coppola

Great-Uncle
Born in 1917 Conductor of symphony orchestras; also with the San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera; conducted Broadway musicals such as "My Fair Lady" Was opera advisor on "The Godfather, Part III" (1990)

Roman Coppola Actor

Brother
Born April 22, 1965; headed Black Diamond Productions

Archimedes Coppola

Great-Uncle

Marc Coppola Actor

Cousin
Born April 29, 1958 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang

Michael Coppola

Great-Uncle

Gian Coppola

Niece
Born in 1986, six months after Sofia's brother Gian-Carlo's death; mother, Jackie De La Fontaine

Carmine Coppola

Grandfather
Born June 11, 1910; Italian-American; played in Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra; scored some of Francis Ford Coppola's films, including "The Godfather, Part II" (1974), for which they shared an Oscar Died on April 26, 1991

Italia Coppola Actor

Grandmother
Born Dec. 12, 1912; paternal grandmother; published a cookbook called Mama Coppola's Pasta Book Died Jan. 20, 2004

Gian-Carlo Coppola Actor

Brother
Born Sept. 17, 1963 Killed in boating accident on May 26, 1986

August Coppola Actor

Uncle
Born Feb. 16, 1934; pioneer in studies for the blind; father of Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola and Christopher Coppola Died Oct. 27, 2009 of a heart attack

Spike Jonze Actor

Husband
Collaborated on Comedy Central's "Hi Octane" (1994) Began dating in 1997; Jonze directed Coppola in The Chemical Brothers' "Elektrobank" music video Married June 26, 1999 Divorced Dec. 9, 2003

Thomas Mars Actor

Husband
Announced they will marry in August 2011 at her family's villa in southern Italy Married Aug. 27, 2011 in a civil ceremony in Bernalda, Italy

Romy Mars

Daughter
Born Nov. 28, 2006 in Paris, France; father, Thomas Mars

Cosima Mars

Daughter
Born June 2010 in New York City; father, Thomas Mars

Clifford Neil

Grandfather
Born in 1891 Died in 1945

William Neil Actor

Uncle

Robert Schwartzman Actor

Cousin
Born Dec. 24, 1982 to Talia Shire and Jack Schwartzman; member of Los Angeles-based band Rooney

Jason Schwartzman Actor

Cousin
Born June 26, 1980 to Talia Shire and Jack Schwartzman; starred in the comedy hit "Rushmore" (1998) Directed by Coppola in "Marie Antoinette" (2006)

Talia Shire Actor

Aunt
Born April 25, 1945; played Connie Corleone in "The Godfather" films and Adrian Balboa in the "Rocky" series

Quentin Tarantino Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated c. 2004 No longer together

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California

Mills College

Oakland , California

St Helena High School

Napa Valley , California
graduated

Milestones

2010

Wrote and directed the semi-autobiographic "Somewhere," starring Stephen Dorff as a Hollywood bad-boy who is forced to reevaluate his life when his daughter arrives unexpectedly

2008

Directed first commercial, an advertisement for the Christian Dior fragrance Miss Dior Chérie

2006

Directed Kirsten Dunst as the ill-fated French queen in "Marie-Antoinette"; cast her cousin Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI

2003

Produced, wrote and directed her second feature, "Lost in Translation," starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director; earned a nomination by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Ac

2000

Made feature directorial debut with "The Virgin Suicides," a 1970s suburbia-set adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' cult novel; also scripted

1999

Played Sache, one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens in "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

1998

Produced, directed and wrote the black and white comedy short "Lick the Star"; screened at festivals and aired on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel

1997

Starred as a gymnast performing a routine to the song "Elektrobank" by The Chemical Brothers in the music video directed by Jonze

1996

Edited and co-directed (with Ione Skye and Andrew Durham) the 28-minute video production "Bed, Bath and Beyond"

1994

Along with Zoe Cassavettes, hosted the limited run lifestyle magazine series "Hi-Octane" on Comedy Central.; director Spike Jonze worked on the project

1993

Directed first music video "Shine" by Walt Mink

1992

Had a featured role as Patricia Arquette's lover in the comedy "Inside Monkey Zetterland"

1992

Appeared in the music video for Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper"

1992

Was featured in the music video "Sometimes Salvation" by The Black Crowes

1990

Made her lead acting debut quite notoriously as Mary Corleone in "The Godfather, Part III"

1990

Was costume designer for the flashback comedy "The Spirit of '76," which was produced by her brother Roman Coppola

1989

Contributed to the "Life Without Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"; shared screenwriting credit with father who also directed; also received credit for costume design and main title design

1987

Appeared in Yurak Bogayevicz's drama "Anna," starring Sally Kirkland and Paulina Porizkova

1986

Played the younger sister of Kathleen Turner's character in the comedy "Peggy Sue Got Married"; directed by her father

1984

Appeared in Coppola's "The Cotton Club"; credited as Domino

1984

Acted in Tim Burton's short "Frankenweenie"

1983

Had small roles in her father's adaptations of the S.E. Hinton novels "Rumblefish" and "The Outsiders"; credited as Domino

1972

Made film debut as an infant in the climactic baptism scene in "The Godfather"

1970

Born in New York during the filming of father Francis Ford Coppola's epic "The Godfather"

Began designing her own clothing line Milk Fed

Worked as an intern at Chanel under Karl Lagerfield while in high school

Raised primarily in Napa Valley, California, but moved around frequently with father on movie locations

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