Coppola, Francis Ford

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Coppola, Francis Ford Gender: M
born on 7 April 1939 at 01:38 (= 01:38 AM )
Place Detroit, Michigan, 42n20, 83w03
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
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Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
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Francis Ford Coppola
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American film director and producer. He burst into the limelight in 1972 as a young director with his five time Academy Award winning film "The Godfather."

The son of Italian immigrants, Coppola's father Carmine was a flutist for Toscanini's ABC Symphony Orchestra. His mother Italia had been an actress whose own father was a playwright and songwriter. Coppola's younger sister, Talia (Shire) went on to win critical acclaim for her roles as Sylvester Stallone's wife in the "Rocky" films. Their older brother August, is father to Oscar-winning actor, Nicolas Cage. At age nine, Coppola contracted polio and spent a year in bed.

In 1962 he married artist Eleanor Neil. Together they had 3 children; Gian Carlo, Roman and daughter Sofia who had an acting part in "The Godfather II". Both his sons worked as production assistants, Gian Carlo was also one of the film editors for his father's movie "Gardens of Stone". It was during this time in 1986 that 22-year old Gian Carlo was killed in a motorboat accident piloted by actor Ryan O'Neal's son, Griffin, who was charged with manslaughter but later acquitted. His daughter, Sofia, made her directing debut in 2000.

In 1962, Coppola won a script-writing award from movie mogul Sam Goldwyn. He also went on to earn a masters degree in cinema in 1968 from UCLA. In 1969 he founded his San Francisco-based film company , American Zoetrope. His first commercial break came in 1972 as a writer-director as well as co-producer to the film "The Godfather." At 36, he created a film that earned $285 million and became a legend as one of Hollywood's greatest films. He personally made almost $7 million in addition to winning an Academy Award for directing the sequel in 1974.

In the 1970's, he used his profits from the first two "Godfather" films to become a one-man impresario. He bought a magazine, a radio station, a restaurant, an office building and part of a movie art-house chain. Most of these enterprises were sold to pay off his increasing debts. It has been said that "The Godfather II" may not have been made had it not been for debts that needed to be paid. In 1990, "The Godfather III" was made largely for the same reason.

In 1982, Coppola found himself heavily in debt and lost his 23-acre Zoetrope studio to creditors after its first film-flop, "One From the Heart." His career had been on a roller coaster ride and was plagued by various business problems and bad investments, forcing him into US bankruptcy court three times in one decade. Although he had made seven movies in the 1980's, his finances were in shambles by early 1989.

His musician-composer father went on to win an Academy Award in 1974 for scoring the soundtrack on "The Godfather II." In 1979, Coppola directed the over-budget "Apocalypse Now." He also collaborated with his son on the film, "The Outsiders" in 1983. The same year, he directed "Rumblefish." Other films included "The Cotton Club," 1984, "Peggy Sue Got Married," 1985 and in 1991, "Bram Stoker's Dracula" which grossed over $200 million worldwide.

In early 1998, jurors awarded Coppola $20 million as compensation for losing the film project, "Pinocchio." This was the largest civil verdict ever against a Hollywood studio. The Los Angeles jury awarded him $60 million in punitive damages on top of the $20 million, stemming from his charges that Warner Brothers sabotaged his intended version.

Coppola's strength lies in the fact that he sees himself as a character in his films. He possesses a willingness to risk it all for his worth.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Lucas, George (born 14 May 1944). Notes: Co-founded American Zoetrope
  • other kin relationship with Cage, Nicolas (born 7 January 1964). Notes: Uncle-Nephew
  • has other family relationship with Cage, Weston (born 26 December 1990). Notes: Great-uncle


  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1949 (Polio, one year in bed)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1962 (Eleanor Neil)
  • Work : Prize 1962 (Script writing award from Sam Goldwyn)
  • Social : End a program of study 1968 (Graduated UCLA masters degree)
  • Financial : Gain significant money 1974 ($7 million for Godfather sequel)
  • Financial : Worst Period 1982 (Heavily in debt, lost house)
  • Death of Child 26 May 1986 at 6:20 PM in Edgewater (Son Gian-Carlo killed in boating accident)
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  • Death of Father 26 April 1991 at 06:00 AM in Northridge (stroke)
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  • Other Family July 1998 (Daughter Sofia announced engagement to Spike Jonze)
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  • Death of Mother 21 January 2004 in Los Angeles (natural causes)
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  • Death of Sibling 27 October 2009 in Los Angeles (brother August died of a heart attack)
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Source Notes

Contemporary American Horoscopes, Gauquelin Book of American Charts.

Category:Films directed by Francis Ford Coppola - Wikipedia


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Polio (Age nine, recovered)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted (Father noted musician and award winner, brother/sister in entertainment field)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One lengthy)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two sons and one daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son Gian killed in boating accident)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Extreme ups and downs
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Bankruptcy (Three times in one decade)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy (Highs and lows)
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur (Restaurant, radio station, office bldg.)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Alcohol business (Vintner, Coppola Estate Wines)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Film Godfather won five awards)