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Also Known As: Sofia Carmina Coppola, Domino Died:
Born: May 14, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, screenwriter, director, TV host, costume designer, actor, fashion designer

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Somewhere (2010)
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  Lost in Translation (2003) Director
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  Virgin Suicides, The (1999) Director
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  Bed, Bath and Beyond (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 CQ (2001) Enzo'S Mistress (Cameo Appearance)
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 Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992) Cindy
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 Godfather, Part III, The (1990) Mary Corleone
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 Anna (1987) Noodle
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 Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) Nancy Kelcher
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 Cotton Club, The (1984) Street Child
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 Frankenweenie (1984)
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1971:
Born in New York during the filming of father Francis Ford Coppola's epic "The Godfather"
1972:
Made film debut as an infant in the climactic baptism scene in "The Godfather"
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Raised primarily in Napa Valley, California, but moved around frequently with father on movie locations
1983:
Had small roles in her father's adaptations of the S.E. Hinton novels "Rumblefish" and "The Outsiders"; credited as Domino
1984:
Appeared in Coppola's "The Cotton Club"; credited as Domino
1984:
Acted in Tim Burton's short "Frankenweenie"
1986:
Played the younger sister of Kathleen Turner's character in the comedy "Peggy Sue Got Married"; directed by her father
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Worked as an intern at Chanel under Karl Lagerfield while in high school
1987:
Appeared in Yurak Bogayevicz's drama "Anna," starring Sally Kirkland and Paulina Porizkova
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
1990:
Was costume designer for the flashback comedy "The Spirit of '76," which was produced by her brother Roman Coppola
1990:
Made her lead acting debut quite notoriously as Mary Corleone in "The Godfather, Part III"
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
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Began designing her own clothing line Milk Fed
1993:
Directed first music video "Shine" by Walt Mink
1994:
Along with Zoe Cassavettes, hosted the limited run lifestyle magazine series "Hi-Octane" on Comedy Central.; director Spike Jonze worked on the project
1996:
Edited and co-directed (with Ione Skye and Andrew Durham) the 28-minute video production "Bed, Bath and Beyond"
1997:
Starred as a gymnast performing a routine to the song "Elektrobank" by The Chemical Brothers in the music video directed by Jonze
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
1999:
Played Sache, one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens in "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
2000:
Made feature directorial debut with "The Virgin Suicides," a 1970s suburbia-set adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' cult novel; also scripted
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 Achievement in Feature Film; also received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture
2006:
Directed Kirsten Dunst as the ill-fated French queen in "Marie-Antoinette"; cast her cousin Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI
2008:
Directed first commercial, an advertisement for the Christian Dior fragrance Miss Dior Chérie
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
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Education

St Helena High School: Napa Valley , California -
Mills College: Oakland , California -
California Institute of the Arts: Valencia , California -

Notes

"I couldn't have worked at Chanel when I was 15 if I'd grown up on a farm."---Coppola on the opportunities afforded her by her famous lineage, quoted in USA Today, February 3-5, 1995.

Coppola on using the teenage perspective in "The Virgin Suicides": "Your memory of being young is very simple and I wanted it to look like that. I wanted the movie to be from a kid's point of view, a kid's world. You can get away with obsessiveness then, I feel like when you're at that age, everything is really melodramatic, everything is a huge deal." --to director Wes Anderson in Interview, October 1999

On her much maligned turn in "The Godfather III": "After that, I definitely did not want to be an actress." --quoted in Time, January 24, 2000

Mark Ebner: With "Virgin Suicides," have you finally found your metier?

Sofia Coppola: Directing? Yeah, I think so. I spent most of my 20s worrying, "Oh no. I don't know what I want to do" and "I'll try this and try that." It's really huge to find something that you really enjoy, something that you can really contribute something to. And I really love doing it, and I feel like it's something that combines so many other things that I love.

--From Salon magazine (www.salon.com), February 1, 2000

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husband:
Spike Jonze. Director. Married on June 26, 1999; collaborated with Coppola on Comedy Central's "Hi-Octane"; directed her in The Chemical Brothers' "Elektrobank" music video; separated December 2003.
companion:
Quentin Tarantino. Director, writer, actor. Dating as of May 2004.

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great-grandfather:
August Coppola. Pianist. Emigrated to USA from Naples as Enrico Caruso's piano accompanist.
grandfather:
Carmine Copppola. Flutist, composer and musical arranger. Born on July 11, 1910; died on April 26, 1991; Italian-American; played in Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra; scored some of Francis Ford Coppola's films, including "The Godfather, Part II", for which he shared an Oscar.
grandmother:
Italia Coppola. Actor.
grandfather:
Clifford Neil. Inventor. Born in 1891; died in 1945.
great-uncle:
Archimedes Coppola. Engineer, musician. Born in 1909; died in 1927.
great-uncle:
Michael Coppola. Inventor. Born in 1914.
great-uncle:
Antonio Coppola. Conductor. Born in 1917 conductor of symphony orchestras; also with the San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera; also conducted Broadway musicals like "My Fair Lady"; was opera advisor on "The Godfather, Part III".
uncle:
August Coppola. Writer, professor. Dean of the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University; involved with "Audio Vision" which provides a taped soundtrack of a narrator describing visual information for blind filmgoers.
father:
Francis Ford Coppola. Director. Directed daughter in films including "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "The Godfather, Part III"; collaborated on the "Life With Zoe" segment of "New York Stories".
mother:
Eleanor Coppola. Set decorator, artist. Born c. 1936; married Francis Ford Coppola in February 1963; directed documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse".
uncle:
William Neil. Special effects technician. Born in 1939.
aunt:
Talia Rose Coppola. Actor, producer, director. Born on April 25, 1945; formerly married to composer David Shire who scored Francis Ford Coppola's "The Conversation"; subsequently wed to producer Jack Schwartzman from August 23, 1980 until his death from cancer in 1994.
cousin:
Marc Coppola. Actor. Born in 1957; son of August Coppola.
cousin:
Christopher Coppola. Director, screenwriter, producer. Born in 1962; son of August Coppola.
cousin:
Nicolas Cage. Actor. Son of August Coppola; born on January 7, 1964; won Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas"; married to and divorced from actress Patricia Arquette.
brother:
Gian-Carlo Coppola. Born on September 17, 1963; killed in boating accident in May 1986.
brother:
Roman Coppola. Producer, director, visual effects technician, sound mixer. Born in 1965; headed Black Diamond Productions.
cousin:
Jason Schwartzman. Actor, musician. Son of Talia Shire and late producer Jack Schwartzman; born on June 26, 1980; star of comedy hit "Rushmore".
cousin:
Robert Schwartzman. Actor. Born on December 24, 1982; son of Talia Shire and the late Jack Schwartzman.
niece:
Gian Carla Coppola. Daughter of late Gian-Carlo Coppola and Jackie De La Fontaine; born six months after Gian-Carlo's death in 1986.
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