07.04.

1939: The Coppola Family – A Hollywood Dynasty with a Collection of Oscars

1939: The Coppola Family – A Hollywood Dynasty with a Collection of Oscars
Photo Credit To flickr.com/ Francis Ford Coppola

Story Highlights

  • Historical event:
  • 7 April 1939
  • Film director Francis Ford Coppola is the uncle of actor Nicholas Cage. Sophia Coppola is the daughter of Francis Ford and is also an Academy Award winner, like her father. Family Coppola has many well-known members in the world of film.

On this day the famous film director Francis Ford Coppola was born.

He gained lasting fame with the Godfather series of films, but is also known for directing other films during his career (he won a total of five Academy Awards). The Coppola family came to the United States from southern Italy, more precisely from Bernalda in the Italian province of Basilicata.

Most people aren’t aware that Francis Ford Coppola is the uncle of actor Nicholas Cage (who was born as Nicolas Kim Coppola). Namely, Cage’s father, August Coppola, is the older brother of Francis Ford Coppola. Furthermore, Sophia Coppola is the daughter of Francis Ford and is also an Academy Award winner, like her father.

The Coppola family has many well-known members in the world of film. For example, the sister of Francis Ford Coppola is named Talia Shire and she starred in films from The Godfather series, as the only daughter of Vito Corleone – Connie Corleone – with whose wedding ceremony the first film begins. Also, she played the girlfriend/wife of Rocky Balboa in the famous series starring Sylvester Stallone.

It is interesting that even the father of Francis Ford – named Carmine Coppola – won an Oscar, for the Best Original Score (he was a flutist and a composer). All in all, when you add up all of the Oscars won by the Coppola family, your get the number 9 (Francis Ford 5, Sophia 1, Carmine 1, Nicholas Cage 1). The brother in law of Francis Ford Coppola – David Shire, husband of Talia Shire – won yet another Oscar.

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