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Sofia Carmina Coppola
14 May 1971, New York City, New York, USA
5' 5 1/2"

-   'Spike Jonze' (qv) (26 June 1999 - 9 December 2003) (divorced)

-   'Thomas Mars' (qv) (27 August 2011 - present); 2 children

-   Sun filmed through leaves

-   Character seen gazing out of a car window from the outside, looking in

-   Character walking down a long hallway

-   Introduction scene focusing on the main character during an unidentified point in time, shown to express their loneliness

-   Cousin of 'Jason Schwartzman' (qv) and 'Robert Schwartzman' (qv).

-   Daughter of director 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv) and 'Eleanor Coppola' (qv) (nee' Neil).

-   Cousin of 'Nicolas Cage' (qv), 'Marc Coppola' (qv) and 'Christopher Coppola (I)' (qv).

-   Her film debut: as the baby (boy!) in the christening scene toward the climax of _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv).

-   Designer for street fashion label Milkfed, which she calls "a small t-shirt company"

-   Replaced 'Winona Ryder' (qv) in the role of Mary Corleone in _The Godfather: Part III (1990)_ (qv).

-   Sister of 'Roman Coppola' (qv) and 'Gian-Carlo Coppola' (qv).

-   Is the third woman in history and the First American Woman to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award.

-   In 2004, she became the first American woman ever nominated for best director Oscar. The two other past Oscar nominees were 'Jane Campion' (qv) who is a New Zealander and 'Lina Wertmüller' (qv) who is Italian.

-   Sofia and her ex-husband 'Spike Jonze' (qv) have both received Oscar nominations for Best Director, having been the first married couple to do so.

-   With her 2004 Oscar win for screen writing, she joined her family, The Coppolas, to becoming the second family to have Oscar winners in three generations with her father, 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv), grandfather, 'Carmine Coppola' (qv), and cousin, 'Nicolas Cage' (qv), all winners. The first family is the Hustons - 'Anjelica Huston' (qv), 'John Huston (I)' (qv) and 'Walter Huston' (qv).

-   A friendship of many years with 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv) blossomed into a serious relationship recently following Sofia's separation from her husband, 'Spike Jonze' (qv).

-   Is one of a select few who has won both an Academy Award and a Razzie.

-   Niece of 'Talia Shire' (qv), 'David Shire' (qv), 'Jack Schwartzman' (qv) and 'August Coppola' (qv).

-   Studied photography at Mills College in Oakland, California, just east of San Francisco, and painting at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts) in Valencia, California, just north of Los Angeles.

-   Designer 'Marc Jacobs (V)' (qv) named a bag after her: The Sofia Bag.

-   Is one of two "Star Wars" cast members to direct a cast mate in a movie. 'Frank Oz' (qv) directed 'Ian McDiarmid' (qv) in _Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)_ (qv) and 'Terence Stamp' (qv) in _Bowfinger (1999)_ (qv). Coppola directed 'Hayden Christensen' (qv) in _The Virgin Suicides (1999)_ (qv) and 'Rose Byrne' (qv) in _Marie Antoinette (2006)_ (qv).

-   Has stated that her favorite band is 'The Chemical Brothers' (qv).

-   Has mainly Irish and Italian ancestry, along with some English.

-   Her first appearance on film was as the baby in the Baptism sequence in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv). This was the inspiration for a scene in _Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)_ (qv), in which Chancellor Palpatine declares the formation of the Empire while Anakin Skywalker kills the separatist leaders. Coppola appeared earlier in the Star Wars series, as the handmaiden Sache in _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv).

-   Friend of 'Zoe R. Cassavetes' (qv).

-   She was one of the cast members who were involved in all three of The Godfather films, along with 'Al Pacino' (qv). She played as the christened baby in _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), as a child on a steamboat in _The Godfather: Part II (1974)_ (qv), and eventually as Mary Corleone in _The Godfather: Part III (1990)_ (qv). Nevertheless, her appearances in the first and second movie were left uncredited.

-   Great-granddaughter of 'Francesco Pennino' (qv).

-   Aunt of 'Gia Coppola' (qv).

-   Granddaughter of 'Carmine Coppola' (qv) and 'Italia Coppola' (qv).

-   Is an alumnus of the children's theatre group MET2 along with 'Adam Lambert (II)' (qv), 'Nicolas Cage' (qv) , Matt McFarland, 'Kylie Tyndall' (qv), 'Keaton Tyndall' (qv), 'Vivian Bayubay' (qv), 'Nathan Norton' (qv), 'Derek Klena' (qv), 'Lauren Klena' (qv), & 'Roma Watkins' (qv).

-   At age 32, became the youngest woman ever to be Oscar-nominated as Best Director for _Lost in Translation (2003)_ (qv).

-   Her favorite films are _Rumble Fish (1983)_ (qv), _The Last Picture Show (1971)_ (qv), _Sixteen Candles (1984)_ (qv), _Lolita (1962)_ (qv) and _À bout de souffle (1960)_ (qv).

-   Collaborated with french fashion house Louis Vuitton on a collection of handbags (2008) and the resort collection 2012 (2011).

-   Gave birth to her first child at age 35, a daughter Romy Croquet on November 28, 2006. Child's father is her boyfriend [now second husband], 'Thomas Mars' (qv).

-   Gave birth to her second child at age 39, a daughter Cosima Croquet on May 18, 2010. Child's father is her boyfriend [now second husband], 'Thomas Mars' (qv).

-   Married to her longtime boyfriend 'Thomas Mars' (qv), with whom she has two daughters - 4-year-old Romy and 1-year-old Cosima. It is her second marriage. [August 27, 2011].

-   Designs her own line of clothing called Milk Fed

-   Directed music video for 'Air' (qv)'s "Playground Love".

-   In the music video "Deeper And Deeper" by 'Madonna' (qv), she was with Madonna and 'Debi Mazar' (qv) at the house party (color segment).

-   She was the gymnast in 'The Chemical Brothers' (qv) video, "Electrobank". The video was directed by her then boyfriend, 'Spike Jonze' (qv).

-   Print Ad for Marc Jacobs Perfume (Fall 2001)

-   Directed video 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' by 'The White Stripes' (qv).

-   Directed video for 'Kevin Shields (I)' (qv)' "City Girl" that appears in DVD of _Lost in Translation (2003)_ (qv).

-   Co-designed a bag with friend/designer 'Marc Jacobs (V)' (qv).

-   Appeared in 'The Black Crowes' (qv)' "Sometimes Salvation" music video as a Times Square junkie. (1992)

-   Interviewed in "Directors Close Up: Interviews with Directors Nominated for Best Film by the Directors Guild of America", ed. by 'Jeremy Kagan' (qv), Scarecrow Press, 2006.

-   Directed music video, "Shine", by Walt Mink.

-   Starred as 'Joan Crawford (I)' (qv) in 'Sonic Youth' (qv)'s "Mildred Pierce".

-   Print advertisement for Louis Vuitton quality luggage (with father 'Francis Ford Coppola' (qv)). Setting: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Slogan: Inside every story, there is a beautiful journey (2008).

-   (2008) Directed a popular commercial for 'Christian Dior (I)' (qv)'s Miss Dior Chérie fragrance. The commercial starred model 'Maryna Linchuk' (qv) and was shot in Paris.

-   (1996) Directed the music video, "This Here Giraffe", by 'The Flaming Lips' (qv).

-   (2012) TV commercial for "Miss Dior Chérie" French fragrance featuring 'Natalie Portman' (qv) - Director / (soundtrack song "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" by 'Jane Birkin' (qv) and 'Serge Gainsbourg' (qv))

-   On taking her stage name, "Domino", at the age of 11: "I thought it was glamorous."

-   "You're considered superficial and silly if you are interested in fashion, but I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity." - when discussing the topic of her movie, _Marie Antoinette (2006)_ (qv).

-   That's the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.

-   [on _Marie Antoinette (2006)_ (qv)] All I can say is that I set out to challenge myself with each movie, and having to do a period film was a huge challenge. How to do it in a fresh way, and from the point of view of a strange girl in a strange world? If you attempt something new, it's always a risk.

-   I was going to art school and trying different things. I was interested in a lot of, mostly visual arts. I didn't know what I wanted to do and then I made a short film and felt like it was a combination of all these interests of mine with design and photography and music. But it was really when I read the book The Virgin Suicides that made me wanna make a movie.

-   I'm always a sucker for a love story.

-   [on _Marie Antoinette (2006)_ (qv)] I was drawn to the idea of this girl being so young, and that our perceptions of Marie Antoinette, the myth, how she was turned into this villainous queen, are so different to the actual person, and she was just this kid that got sucked into a weird situation.

-   We were always around my dad, so he wasn't absentee at all. I don't think it was normal, but it was exciting. You always had lots of creative people around, and my parents took us everywhere. I got exposed to so many different cultures and people. I mean, I got to go to 'Akira Kurosawa' (qv)'s house as a child.

-   My dad came on the set of _The Virgin Suicides (1999)_ (qv) and told me, "You should say 'Action' louder, more from your diaphragm." I thought, O.K., you can go now. I'm not going to say it wasn't intimidating, but when you direct is the only time you get to have the world exactly how you want it. My movies are very close to what I set out to do. And I'm superopinionated about what I do and don't like. I may say it differently, but I still get what I want.

-   There's so many more female directors than when I started. That's encouraging. Maybe it's because it's such an all-encompassing job, and if you have a family, it's harder to do. But there are female surgeons. And there's plenty of women working in the film business.

-   "Suomen Kuvalehti" (Finland), 27 October 2006, Vol. 90, Iss. 43, pg. 56-60, by: Leena Sharma, "Sofian valinnat"

-   "Urban Cinefile" (Australia), 8 October 2000, by: Jenny Cooney Carrillo, "Coppola, Sofia"

-   "The Times Magazine" (UK), 22 April 2000, Vol. 5, Iss. 17, pg. 14-18, by: Martyn Palmer, "The family way"

-   "Filmmaker" (USA), 2000, Vol. 8, Iss. 2, pg. 64-67+101-102, by: Chuck Stephens, "Four Non Blondes"

-   "Telegraph Magazine" (UK), 4 December 2010, pg. 28-29, 31, 33-34, by: Sheryl Garratt (words) Andrew Durham (photograph), "LA Confidential"

-   "Premiere" (USA), October 2006, Vol. 20, Iss. 2, pg. 62-65, by: Brooke Hauser, ""Women In Hollywood - Icon 2006: Sofia Coppola"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 3 October 2003, Vol. 1, Iss. 731, pg. 51, by: Karen Valby, "Fresh Heir"

-   "The New York Times Magazine" (USA), 31 August 2003, pg. 35ff, by: Lynn Hirschberg, "The Coppola Smart Mob"

-   "Empire" (UK), June 2000, Iss. 132, pg. 82-83, by: Clark Collins

-   "US Weekly" (USA), 15 May 2000, Iss. 274, pg. 66-69, by: Josh Rottenberg, "Sofia's Choice"

-   "Premiere" (USA), March 2000, Vol. 13, Iss. 7, pg. 90-93, by: Christine Spines, "Sofia's Choice"

-   "Ciné Live" (France), October 1998, Iss. 17, pg. 106, by: Olivier Rajchman, "La soupe au piston"

-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), October 2004, Iss. 34, pg. 4-7, by: staff, "Waiting For Translation"

-   "Télépro" (Belgium), 20 May 2004, Iss. 2620, pg. 4-5, by: M.G., "Au 57e Festival de Cannes, le glamour fait son retour sur fond d'actualité sociale"

-   "Cosmopolitan" (Hungary), June 2000, pg. 20, by: Mária Varga, "Az alma meg a fája"

-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 2000, Vol. 13, Iss. 8, pg. 78-79, by: staff, "Good Breeding: The Virgin Suicides"

-   "Playboy" (USA), March 1994, Vol. 41, Iss. 3, pg. 68, by: photographer Michel Comte, "Safe Sex, Great Sex"

-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1994, Vol. 7, Iss. 5, pg. 42-43, by: staff, "Ms. Directed: Sofia Coppola"

-   "Telegraph Magazine" (UK), 4 December 2010

-   "Veronica" (Netherlands), 2 March 1991, Iss. 9

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Acting in movies

  1. Sunset Strip (2012)
  2. "Cinema 3" (1984) {(2011-09-29)}
  3. "Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition" (2006) {Directing 5 (#5.12)}
  4. "In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber" (2009) {Helen Mirren/Sofia Coppola/Stephen Dorff/Jon Lovitz (#3.2)}
  5. "Made in Hollywood" (2005) {(#6.11)}
  6. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2010-12-22)}
  7. La traversée du désir (2009)
  8. "The Girls Next Door" (2005) {Uncover Girls (#6.5)}
  9. 40 x 15 (2008)
  10. Fog City Mavericks (2007)
  11. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007) (TV)
  12. Penélope, camino a los Oscar (2007) (TV)
  13. The Making of 'Marie Antoinette' (2007) (V)
  14. "Miradas 2" (2004) {(2007-01-04)}
  15. Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2006) (TV)
  16. Cannes, la alfombra roja (2006) (V)
  17. Cut Shorts (2006) (V)
  18. The Godfather (2006) (VG)
  19. "Corazón de..." (1997) {(2006-05-25)}
  20. "Film '72" (1971) {(2006-10-16)}
  21. "Imagine" (2003) {The Movie Brats, Take Two (#8.4)}
  22. "Cinema mil" (2005) {(#1.2)}
  23. "Cinema mil" (2005) {(#1.3)}
  24. "La nuit des Césars" (1976) {30ème nuit des Césars (#1.30)}
  25. Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of 'Lost in Translation' (2004) (V)
  26. The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) (TV)
  27. The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) (TV)
  28. The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV)
  29. The Independent Spirit Awards Nomination Show (2004) (TV)
  30. "Gomorron" (1992) {Om filmen 'Lost in Translation'}
  31. "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) {(2004-02-13)}
  32. The Chemical Brothers: Singles 93-03 (2003) (V)
  33. The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2003) (V)
  34. "The Charlie Rose Show" (1991) {(2003-09-18)}
  35. On the Set of 'CQ' (2002) (V)
  36. 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001) (TV)
  37. CQ (2001)
  38. Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) (V)
  39. The 52nd Annual Directors Guild Awards (2000) (TV)
  40. The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV)
  41. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  42. Torrance Rises (1999)
  43. Beastie Boys: Sabotage (1994) (V)
  44. Ciao L.A. (1994) (V)
  45. "Hi Octane" (1994) {(#1.2)}
  46. Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
  47. Sandra After Dark (1992) (TV)
  48. The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 (1992) (V)
  49. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
  50. The 19th Annual Rudolph Valentino Awards (1991) (TV)
  51. The 43th Annual Directors Guild Awards (1991) (TV)
  52. The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990) (TV)
  53. The Godfather: Part III (1990)
  54. The Spirit of '76 (1990)
  55. Anna (1987)
  56. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  57. "Faerie Tale Theatre" (1982) {The Princess Who Had Never Laughed (#5.2)}
  58. Frankenweenie (1984)
  59. The Cotton Club (1984)
  60. The Princess Who Had Never Laughed (1984) (TV)
  61. Rumble Fish (1983)
  62. The Outsiders (1983)
  63. "The Godfather: A Novel for Television" (1977) {(#1.1)}
  64. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
  65. The Godfather (1972)


  1. Torrance Rises (1999)

Costume Designed by Coppola, Sofia

  1. The Spirit of '76 (1990)


  1. The Bling Ring (2013) (screenplay) <1,1,1>
  2. Somewhere (2010) (written by) <1,1,1>
  3. Marie Antoinette (2006) (written by) <1,1,1>
  4. "Platinum" (2003) (creator and story)
  5. Lost in Translation (2003) (written by) <1,1,1>
  6. The Virgin Suicides (1999) (written by) <2,1,1>
  7. Lick the Star (1998) (screenplay) <1,1,2>
  8. New York Stories (1989) (written by) (segment "Life without Zoe") <3,1,2>

Movies Produced

  1. The Bling Ring (2013) (producer)
  2. Somewhere (2010) (producer)
  3. Marie Antoinette (2006) (producer)
  4. "Platinum" (2003) (executive producer)
  5. Lost in Translation (2003) (producer)
  6. "High Octane" (2002) (executive producer)
  7. Beastie Boys: Video Anthology (2000) (V) (producer) (segment "Ciao L.A")
  8. Lick the Star (1998) (producer)
  9. "Hi Octane" (1994) (producer)
  10. Ciao L.A. (1994) (V) (producer)


  1. New York Stories (1989) (title designer: main titles) (segment "Life without Zoe")