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Francis Ford Coppola

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Born: April 7, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: Producer ...
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1997:
Directed and scripted screen adaptation of "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker,'" starring Danny Glover and Danny De Vito
1973:
Directed revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) and Gottfried von Einem's opera "The Visit of the Old Lady" for the San Francisco Opera Company
1975:
Founded Niebaum-Coppola winery
1974:
Scripted the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"
1996:
Served as president of jury at Cannes Film Festival
1963:
Directed and co-wrote first legitimate feature "Dementia 13"
1966:
Directed and wrote UCLA thesis feature "You're a Big Boy Now"; received theatrical release
1976:
Published <i>City</i> magazine
1998:
Served as one of the executive producers of the Sci-Fi Channel series "First Wave"
1962:
Worked on various non-mainstream movies "The Playgirls and the Bellboy" (1962) and "Tonight For Sure" (1962)
1982:
American Zoetrope dealt a crippling blow by the failure of the extravagant musical film "One From the Heart"
1989:
Co-wrote (with daughter Sofia) and directed the "Life Without Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"; received the weakest reviews of the three participating directors (also Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen)
1970:
Co-wrote Academy Award-winning screenplay "Patton," directed by Franklin Schaffner
1996:
Dedicated "Jack" (which he produced and directed) to granddaughter Gia Carla, daughter of his son, the late Gian-Carlo
1988:
Directed "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"
1983:
Directed two film adaptations of S.E. Hinton novels, "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish"
1990:
Returned to the Corleone saga for "The Godfather, Part III"; considered the weakest of the trilogy
1996:
With Wayne Wang and Tom Luddy, formed production company Chrome Dragon
1999:
Produced "The Virgin Suicides," the writing and directing debut of his daughter Sofia Coppola
1998:
Won lawsuit against Warner Bros. claiming the studio had stolen his idea for a live-action version of "Pinocchio"; awarded $20 million in compensatory damages by a jury; further awarded $60 million in punative damages; on appeal, however, $60 million damages were dismissed; appelate judge let stand the $20 million award
1993:
Appointed to the board of directors at MGM
1962:
Was credited as Thomas Colchart for adapting <i>Nebo zovyot/The Heaven's Call</i> (1960) into "Battle Beyond the Sun"; served as assistant to director Roger Corman on "The Premature Burial" and as dialogue director on "Tower of London"
1962:
Joined Seven Arts (later Warner Brothers-Seven Arts) as scriptwriter
1998:
Produced first feature through Chrome Dragon, Sherwood Hu's "Lanai-Loa: The Passage"
1985:
Made TV directing debut with "Rip Van Winkle" (Showtime)
2009:
Wrote and directed "Tetro," starring Vincent Gallo
2011:
Wrote, directed, and produced thriller "Twixt"
2012:
Executive produced feature adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," directed by Walter Salles
2003:
Executive produced "Lost in Translation," the award-winning film written and directed by Sofia
1962:
Won the Samuel Goldwyn Award for his UCLA screenplay "Pilma, Pilma" (never produced)
1969:
Established American Zoetrope (later Zoetrope Studios) for which he executive produced John Korty's TV thriller "The People" (1972)
1997:
Launched literary magazine <i>Zoetrope</i>
1992:
Produced and directed "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
1979:
Released "Apocalypse Now" to mixed reviews but a strong box office; mortgaged everything to personally cover some $16 million of the $30 million cost
2007:
Returned to directing after a ten year hiatus with "Youth Without Youth," a low-budget, self-financed project adapted from the novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade
1974:
Co-wrote (with Puzo) and directed sequel "The Godfather, Part II"; won Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Director
1972:
Scored huge success with "The Godfather"; won Oscar for co-writing screenplay with Mario Puzo
1971:
Released the first American Zoetrope film, George Lucas' futuristic "THX-1138"
1973:
Formed The Directors Company (with Peter Bogdanovich and William Friedkin), which produced only two films - Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" (1973) and Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974)
2015:
Directed the proof-of-concept production "Distant Vision"

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