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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 April 1946Lake Success, Long Island, New York, USA
Birth NameTalia Rose Coppola
Nickname Tally
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Talia Shire was born on April 25, 1946 in Lake Success, Long Island, New York, USA as Talia Rose Coppola. She is an actress, known for Rocky (1976), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather (1972). She was previously married to Jack Schwartzman and David Shire.

Spouse (2)

Jack Schwartzman (23 August 1980 - 15 June 1994) (his death) (2 children)
David Shire (29 March 1970 - 8 May 1980) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (20)

Younger sister of Francis Ford Coppola and August Coppola.
Takes name from a previous marriage to composer David Shire.
Daughter of composer Carmine Coppola and Italia Coppola.
Is in many movies with Rocky co-star Burt Young and the two are good friends.
Is Italian/American.
Children: Matthew Orlando Shire (b. 1975), Jason Francesco (b. 1980) and Robert Carmine (b. 1982).
Is the only person to be directed to an Oscar-nomination by a sibling. Her brother Francis Ford Coppola directed her in The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Like her character Connie Corleone in the Godfather saga, she too is the youngest member of her family and the only daughter.
Her two most famous characters, Connie Corleone and Adrian Balboa, changed drastically during their respective franchises ("The Godfather" and "Rocky"). In "The Godfather" saga, her character Connie went from being an innocent, dutiful wife who suffered from abuse to being a strong willed, powerful woman who took an active part in the family business and championed nephew Vincent to become Don. In the "Rocky" franchise, her character Adrian went from being a shy, timid, quiet girl to being a strong woman who often gave her husband the support and extra strength he needed to go the distance and overcome his opponents.
Granddaughter of Francesco Pennino. Her character in Rocky (1976), Adrian Pennino, was named after him.
Played the girlfriend of a poor boxer twice in 1976: With Nick Nolte in the TV miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" and with Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky.".
Was the first family member of Francis Ford Coppola to play a part in the Godfather series, and she set a trend that the others followed: all of their characters had the same relationship to Michael Corleone in the films, that they had to Coppola in real life. Talia, as Francis' sister, played Michael's sister. Her mother Italia Coppola played Michael's mother - although only at the character's funeral. Her niece, and Francis' daughter, Sofia Coppola, played Michael's daughter and Connie Corleone's niece. Diane Keaton has also said that she based her performance as Kay on Eleanor Coppola.
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), Rocky (1976) and The Godfather: Part III (1990), with the latter being the only film to not win in the category.
She appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Rocky (1976). Joe Spinell also appeared in all three films.
She has appeared in six sequels to Best Picture Academy Award winners, more than anyone else: The Godfather: Part II (1974) (which itself won Best Picture), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990) and The Godfather: Part III (1990).
She played the aunt of her real life niece Sofia Coppola in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
In the original script for The Godfather: Part II (1974), Kay (Diane Keaton) was truly to have suffered a miscarriage. When Talia read it, she suggested to Francis Ford Coppola that Kay should have an abortion instead. Coppola agreed that this would hurt Michael much more, and he changed the script accordingly. As a thank you to Talia, he wrote for her the scene in which a tearful Connie begs Michael to forgive Fredo. She ended up being nominated for Best Supporting Actress for the film.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on her famous brother, Francis Ford Coppola] He's the best director in the world - period.
I have a feeling when I'm 80 years old I'm going to get a phone call: There's going to be another Rocky.

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