Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola is a film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. She directed The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation, winning an Oscar for the latter.


As the daughter of the famous director Francis Ford Coppola who made The Godfather films, Sofia Coppola is a screenwriter, producer, director and actor. She wrote and directed the 1999 film The Virgin Suicides. Her directorial work for Lost in Translation won an Oscar. In 2010, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Early Life

Director, producer, screenwriter and actor Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971, in New York City. The daughter of famed Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia made brief appearances in her father's films throughout her childhood. Acting, however, would not prove to be Sofia's strong suit, as evidenced in her performance in the third installment of The Godfather. Cast at the last minute as Mary Corleone, Coppola was ruthlessly panned by critics for her stiff and false portrayal.

Film Career

Following this experience, Sofia retreated from the spotlight, enrolling in the fine arts program at the California Institute of Arts, concentrating on her photography, experimenting with costume and fashion design and contributing to her brother Roman's film efforts. In 1993, however, she began writing the screenplay adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides. Starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner and Kirsten Dunst, the subtle, haunting film was an overwhelming critical and art house success.

Coppola made headlines again in 2003 when she debuted Lost In Translation, a film she both wrote and directed. With veteran comic actor Bill Murray as her muse, the film tells the story of two Americans strangers: one a young new wife, the other an American movie star turned whisky pitchman — struggling to find kinship and meaning in life during a chance meeting in a hotel in Japan. In 2004, Coppola won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film.

Sofia Coppola's next film wasn't as universally well received as its predecessor. Coppola wrote, directed and produced the imaginative reinvention of a classic figure from French history in 2006's Marie Antoinette. Starring Kirsten Dunst as the title character, the film earned some positive reviews, but it failed to catch on with movie audiences. It was praised its stunning visuals, rock soundtrack and Dunst's portrayal of the self-absorbed teenage royal. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design.

Personal Life

Married to director Spike Jonze in 1999, Coppola separated from her first husband in 2003. The couple was later divorced. In 2006, Coppola had a child with boyfriend Thomas Mars, a French singer. The couple named their daughter Romy.

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