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Overview (4)

Born in Lake 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 (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974). 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 (24)

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.
She is of Italian descent.
Children: Matthew Shire (Matthew Orlando Shire) (b. 1975), Jason Schwartzman (Jason Francesco Schwartzman) (b. 1980) and Robert Schwartzman (Robert Carmine Schwartzman) (b. 1982).
She 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 (1976), and with Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (1976).
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, who played Michael's wife, has also said that she based her performance as Kay on Eleanor Coppola, Francis' wife.
As of 2017, she has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: 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.
Her 1986 BMX film, Rad (1986), received negative reviews while in theaters, but quickly found a following and became a top-ten video rental for two years after the movie's release. It has since become a cult classic. Talia Shire's husband, Jack Schwartzman, was a producer of the film and she currently owns the rights to it. She refuses to release them, therefore, the movie can't be re-released or be put on DVD for all the fans.
She has appeared in four films directed by her elder brother Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974), New York Stories (1989) and The Godfather: Part III (1990).
She played the mother of her real-life great-niece, Gia Coppola, in the New York Stories (1989) segment, "Life Without Zoe".
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Matthew Shire to begin filming Rocky (1976).

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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