Sofia Coppola b. May 14, 1971
Coppola was born into a cinematic dynasty, the granddaughter of Oscar winning composer Carmine Coppola and the youngest child and only daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and set director and documentarian Elaine Coppola.
Coppola was brought up on the set of her father’s films and as a child appeared onscreen in many of his films. After her performance in The Godfather: Part III was widely panned she abandoned acting.
In 1994 Coppola launched the short lived TV series Hi Octane with friend Zoe Cassavetes. In 1998 she directed her first solo short film Lick the Star about teen bullying.
Coppola directed her first feature film, an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides in 1999. Her next film was supposed to be an adaptation of Antonia Fraser’s biography on Marie Antoinette however Coppola experienced writer’s block and began writing a side project loosely based on her life which turned into Lost in Translation. Coppola won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her script. She was also nominated for Best Director making her only the third woman nominated in that category. She was also the first American woman nominated for Best Director and the youngest woman director nominated, a record that still holds.
In 2006 Coppola completed Marie Antoinette which competed for the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her next feature, Somewhere, won the highest award, the Golden Lion, at the Venice Film Festival making her only the 5th woman to win that award. Her 2013 film The Bling Ring appeared in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. In 2015 she reunited with Bill Murray, the star of Lost In Translation, for a Netflix christmas special entitled A Very Murray Christmas.
Coppola’s next film, The Beguiled is scheduled to appear In Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, making it the first time in 11 years a film of hers has competed for the Palme d’Or.