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Sofia Coppola

Highest Rated:   99% The Godfather (1972)
Lowest Rated:   55% Marie Antoinette (2006)
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Birthplace:   New York, New York, USA
Perhaps it makes sense that a woman whose earliest memory was on the set of Apocalypse Now would grow up to direct a dark fable about five adolescent girls who unapologetically and unceremoniously kill themselves, but for Sofia Coppola, the path to the director's chair was an uncertain one. Literally christened into a filmmaking career, the third child and only daughter of Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola was born in Manhattan in the spring of 1971, during the production of her father's masterpiece, The Godfather. When it came time to shoot the baptism scene near the end of the film, the elder Coppola didn't have to look very far for an infant, and the epic became the impromptu actress' first, uncredited role. He found another bit part for the tiny Sofia in The Godfather Part II before her memorable experience on the tumultuous set of Apocalypse, as recorded in Eleanor's 1991 documentary of the making of the film, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Coppola continued to pop up in her father's films in the early '80s and even ventured outside of the clan for a spot in 1987's Anna. It wasn't until father and daughter collaborated on a segment in the 1989 anthology film New York Stories, however, that Sofia began to attract critical attention -- albeit of a disparaging ilk. She and Francis co-wrote the half-hour children's fantasy Life Without Zoe in an attempt to evoke the glamorous, candy-colored world of the classic Eloise children's tales. In her dual role as costume designer, the 17-year-old swathed the film's lead characters in lavish designer jewelry and threads. Unfortunately, the Coppola portion of the film almost universally bewildered critics, who found it too trifling for adults and too baffling for children. By then a high school graduate, Sofia retreated from the world of filmmaking and concentrated on fashion design, contributing her costuming talents to The Spirit of '76 (1990), a Dazed and Confused-style comedy co-written by her brother Roman. Fate intervened, however, when cloudy circumstances forced Winona Ryder to bow out of Francis' much-anticipated The Godfather Part III. Sofia was swiftly cast in the role of Mary Corleone, and rumors regarding her acting chops -- or lack thereof -- began to swirl before she even shot a scene. When the film was released in late 1990, critics had a field day with her minor, but rather wooden, performance, finding it "hopelessly amateurish" and unintentionally comical. Even her aquiline profile became fodder for ridicule, and in March 1991, the Razzie Awards gave her the dubious distinction of Worst Supporting Actress as well as Worst New Star. Again, Coppola recoiled from Hollywood, entering the fine arts program at the California Institute of the Arts. There she began to nurture her interests in photography as well as costuming and experimented with video shorts. As their first post-graduate effort, she and some friends created the TV series High Octane, an offbeat news magazine on cable's Comedy Central network. The show was discontinued in 1994 after just four episodes, and Coppola continued to work on her brother's projects, primarily music videos. Around this time, Coppola read Jeffrey Eugenides' 1993 novel The Virgin Suicides and was captivated by its dark, haunting take of adolescent sexuality. More significantly, she relished the challenge of translating the fervid, pubescent-male viewpoint of the book to the big screen, and she began writing her own screen adaptation of the text. Coppola was undaunted when she found that the rights to the book were already secured by Muse Productions, whose script was much more violent and overtly sexual than hers. Impressed with her work, Muse scrapped their version and backed Coppola. After securing a stellar cast -- including James Woods, Kathleen Turner, and Kirsten Dunst -- and the production assistance of her father, she began shooting the film in Toronto. When the finished work premiered in the Directors Fortnight

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Beguiled
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
78% A Very Murray Christmas
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2015
60% The Bling Ring
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Sunset Strip
  • Actor
2012
71% Somewhere
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2010
No Score Yet 40 X 15
  • Actor
2008
60% Fog City Mavericks
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Marc Jacobs & Louis Vitton
  • Actor
2007
55% Marie Antoinette
  • Director
2006
95% Lost In Translation
  • Producer
  • Director
2003
67% CQ
  • Enzo's Mistress
2002
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2000
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Sache
1999
71% Inside Monkey Zetterland
  • Cindy
1993
No Score Yet Frankenweenie
  • Anne Chambers
1992
67% The Godfather, Part III
  • Mary Corleone
1990
No Score Yet The Godfather Part III: 2008 Digitally Remastered Edition
  • Actor
1990
73% New York Stories
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Anna
  • Noodle
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Nancy Kelcher
1986
71% Rumble Fish
  • Actor
1983
65% The Outsiders
  • Actor
1983
97% The Godfather, Part II
  • Child (uncredited)
1974
99% The Godfather
  • Baby (uncredited)
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest

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