Eleanor Coppola Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 May 1936Los Angeles County, California, USA
Birth NameEleanor Jessie Neil
Nickname Ellie

Mini Bio (1)

Eleanor Coppola was born on May 4, 1936 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Eleanor Jessie Neil. She has been married to Francis Ford Coppola since February 2, 1963. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Francis Ford Coppola (2 February 1963 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (11)

Older sister of Bill Neil.
Daughter-in-law of Carmine Coppola and Italia Coppola, mother of Gian-Carlo Coppola, Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola, sister-in-law of Anton Coppola and Talia Shire.
Has Irish ancestry.
Grandmother of Gia Coppola.
Sister-in-law of August Coppola.
In the Godfather films, Diane Keaton plays an American Protestant who marries into a large Italian Catholic family. This is not unlike Eleanor herself, who married into the Coppola family. In fact, Keaton has said that her performance was inspired by Eleanor.
Release of her book, "Notes On a Life". [2007]
She visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband Francis Ford Coppola. [June 2007]
She met Francis Ford Coppola while working as an assistant art director on Dementia 13 (1963).
At the age of 80 Eleanor Coppola made her narrative feature debut with Paris Can Wait (2016). She isn't the oldest person to direct a first feature: That distinction belongs to Japanese director Takeo Kimura, who was 90 when his narrative debut feature Dreaming Awake (2008) was released.

Personal Quotes (3)

I'm this housewife who suddenly decided to write and direct a film. It was terrifying, but part of the challenge was cutting through all of your fears and just going for it. [2016]
I grew up in the '40s and '50s, and a woman's role was to support her husband and make a nice home for him. I was frustrated that I didn't have much time to pursue my interests. Young women today have no concept of that. My daughter and her generation, and generations after that, they take for granted that they're going to do whatever is their calling. There's not going to be a question of their role or if they have to give it up because they're a wife and a mother. [2016]
[on Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)] Even then when it came out, he [husband Francis Ford Coppola] was not happy because he felt like it made him look too out of control. But my reaction is, it really shows the creative process and the depth of anguish that it can be. I think now he's gotten over it. [2016]

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