She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. Looking for something to watch? 2020 Showbiz Cheat Sheet, All Rights Reserved. Favorite Oscar-Winning Gold Standard Couple? Sofia Coppola is an American actress and director. They have two children. Meanwhile, a New York Post critic said Coppola just about wrecked the picture by casting his daughter. “I even did read-throughs of the script before they cast Winona Ryder,” she told EW. But the pressure of the role started getting to Sofia early in the shoot. It didn’t help that the press fixated on her being cast in a large role in her father’s Godfather franchise. 'The Godfather: Part III' has taken a lot of heat over the years, and a good deal of it was directed at Sofia Coppola, who played Mary Corleone. Sofia Coppola is an American actress and director. 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In 1989, when production began for The Godfather: Part III, Ryder was a rising star. 57 wins & 79 nominations. The Godfather Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Many critics zeroed in on the performance of Sofia Coppola, the director’s daughter who played Mary Corleone. Emilia Clarke and Angela Bassett Talk Diversity and Representation at Tribeca’s Through the Lens Luncheon, Oscar-winning collaborations by directors and actors: From John Wayne and John Ford to Frances McDormand and Joel Coen, Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola reunion for ‘On the Rocks’ could bring them back to the Oscars, Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of June 18, Favorite Movie dresses from the Victorian Era, Directors Not Nominated for Best Director Oscars 2018, Surprising Stars of the 'Star Wars' Movies. She also played an uncredited role as a girl on the ship which carried Vito Corleone to New York. After receiving heavy criticism for playing Mary Corleone in The Godfather Part III (which she only appeared in after Winona Ryder dropped out), Sofia became better known as a director, being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Lost in Translation. “I find it hard to understand why you included The Godfather: Part III in your article about sequels of hit films that flopped,” Coppola wrote to the Times. The daughter of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola, Sofia made her first film appearance in The Godfather as the infant Michael Rizzi. Time’s critic said her lack of grace was almost enough to ruin the film. “She was the one Winona was like,” he said on Today. At that point, Coppola had already delayed the shooting schedule in Rome to accommodate Ryder’s late arrival. Meanwhile, Coppola had already passed on Madonna, who’d screen-tested for the part. After critics saw an early screening, many blasted her performance. Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. Coppola had a point there. Biography. Playing Mary Corleone in Coppola’s high-profile production would have be the logical next step. It could have gone differently had Winona Ryder, whom Coppola originally cast, played the character. Another But she was the real thing, playing a 19-year-old Italian girl in love with her own cousin.”, ‘The Sopranos’: John Ventimiglia Said He Based Artie Bucco on a ‘Godfather II’ Character. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Then he got the idea to turn to a literally “in-house” solution for the Mary Corleone role. In 1991, three months after the release of The Godfather: Part III, the New York Times printed a letter to the editor from a well-known reader. “I want to show Sofia a new version,” he told Deadline in 2019. In fact, she said her father had based the character on her. And yet, here we are, discussing what 81-year-old Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary director of The Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, was like when his only daughter, now 49, was growing up. While that’s a distant memory for most people now, Coppola kept it with him over the years. Coppola considered Annabella Sciorra and Laura San Giacomo but decided against both actresses. Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. When he decided to re-cut The Godfather: Part III for a December 2020 re-release, he had some specific aims in mind. The daughter of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola, Sofia made her first film appearance in The Godfather as the infant Michael Rizzi. So the production had to act quickly. Sofia Coppola, Actress: The Godfather: Part III. That reader was Francis Ford Coppola, the four-time Oscar winner and director of the first two Godfather installments. She is a director, known for. Yes, she was inexperienced, but her father believed it to be an asset. While filling Ryder’s shoes might seem like a heavy lift for an actress who’d only played small roles, Sofia Coppola knew the script. But the picture remained an object of ridicule for many. She has two daughters: Romy (born November 28, 2006) named after her brother Roman and Cosmia (born May 18, 2010) with Thomas Mars, who played Carmine Coppola in The Godfather Part II. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She also played an uncredited role as a girl on the ship which carried Vito Corleone to New York. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. And he had another point when he mentioned the two Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Director) he’d received for III. She also appeared in The Outsiders and Frankenweenie. But Ryder might have been too hot an actress at the time. She also appeared in The Outsiders and Frankenweenie. She is the only actor to appear in all three films in the series in different roles. In some cases, the treatment of the young actress was brutal. From left, Sofia Coppola, Rashida Jones and Bill Murray on the set of On the Rocks. Ryder was exhausted, and a doctor who examined her advised producers to send her home. From The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation to On the Rocks, IMDb dives into the cinematic stylings of Academy Award-winning writer and director, Sofia Coppola. Sofia Coppola, Al Pacino and Andy Garcia in The Godfather Part III Credit: Alamy But then there was Sofia. “This film has already grossed more than The Godfather: Part II and still has its release in Europe, Japan, and the rest of the world to go.”. She wasn’t an actress. https://godfather.fandom.com/wiki/Sofia_Coppola?oldid=89001. See photos of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Leonardo DiCaprio before they hit the big-time, and revisit their earliest onscreen roles. According to a 1991 Entertainment Weekly report, she arrived on the Godfather III set in Rome straight from the shoot of Mermaids. RELATED: ‘The Sopranos’: John Ventimiglia Said He Based Artie Bucco on a ‘Godfather II’ Character. “She is so beautiful in it and so touching. She’d received great notices (and awards nominations) for her roles in Heathers and Great Balls of Fire. For his part, Coppola thought Sofia’s age and personality were right.