Francis Ford Coppola

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  • Birth Name: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Birth Place: Detroit, MI
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/07/1939, Aries
  • Profession: Director; producer; writer
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Francis Ford Coppola Fast Facts:
  • Was bedridden for almost a year as a child after contracting polio, during which time he created short films and puppet shows.
  • Worked as an assistant to low-budget director Roger Corman while in graduate school, serving as a writer, editor and dialogue director, among other roles.
  • Directed a soft-core Western called Tonight for Sure in 1962.
  • Befriended George Lucas while in film school and helped arrange financing for Lucas' first feature (1971's THX-1138); also produced Lucas' breakthrough film American Graffiti (1973).
  • Nearly went bankrupt after putting up $16 million of his own money to make Apocalypse Now (1979).
  • Like the Hustons (Walter, John and Anjelica), there are three generations of Oscar winners in his family: his daughter Sofia Coppola, his father Carmine Coppola and nephew Nicolas Cage. 
  • Owns a vineyard called the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in California's Napa Valley.
  • Francis Ford Coppola Relationships:
  • Gian-Carlo Coppola - Son
  • Italia Coppola - Mother
  • Eleanor Coppola - Wife
  • Nicolas Cage - Nephew
  • Robert Schwartzman - Nephew
  • August Coppola - Brother
  • Sofia Coppola - Daughter
  • Carmine Coppola - Father
  • Jason Schwartzman - Nephew
  • Marc Coppola - Nephew
  • Talia Shire - Sister
  • Christopher Coppola - Nephew
  • Roman Coppola - Son
  • Francis Ford Coppola Awards:
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1980 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Winner
  • 1979 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Director - Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1972 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Winner
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Winner
  • 1979 Oscar: Best Achievement in Directing - Nominee
  • 1973 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1970 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Winner
  • 1972 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Winner
  • 1979 Oscar: Best Motion Picture of the Year - Nominee
  • 1979 BAFTA Film Awards: The Anthony Asquith Award - Nominee
  • 1974 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Nominee
  • 1979 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Direction - Winner
  • 1974 Oscar: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) - Nominee
  • 2010 Oscar: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award - Winner
  • 1974 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Screenplay - Nominee
  • 1974 Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prix - Winner
  • 1992 Venice Film Festival: Lifetime Achievement - Winner
  • College:
  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (BA in Drama, 1960); University of California, Los Angeles, CA (MFA in Film, 1967)

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