Francis Ford Coppola

  • Birth Name: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Writer
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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.

Awards

  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1990, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Cannes Film Festival — International Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1975, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Winner
  • 1980, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 1974, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1974, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1992, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1975, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1973, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Drama: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1979, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1972, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1974, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium): Nominee
  • 1971, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Winner
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  • 1975, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1997, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1974, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1979, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1967, Writers Guild Awards — Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Sofia Coppola — Daughter
  • August Coppola — Brother
  • Nicolas Cage — Nephew
  • Roman Coppola — Son
  • Gian-Carlo Coppola — Son
  • Italia Coppola — Mother
  • Christopher Coppola — Nephew
  • Carmine Coppola — Father
  • Jason Schwartzman — Nephew
  • Marc Coppola — Nephew
  • Talia Shire — Sister
  • Eleanor Coppola — Wife
  • Robert Schwartzman — Nephew

College

  • Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, United States (BA in Drama, 1960); University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States (MFA in Film, 1967)

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