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Overview (3)

Born in Pleasantville, New York, USA
Died in Palm Springs, California, USA  (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)
Birth NameMaria Grazia Morgana Messina

Mini Bio (1)

Morgana King was born on June 4, 1930 in Pleasantville, New York, USA as Maria Grazia Morgana Messina. She was an actress, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather: A Novel for Television (1977). She was married to William DeBerardinis and Tony Fruscella. She died on March 22, 2018 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

William DeBerardinis (1961 - 8 July 1965) ( his death)
Tony Fruscella (1947 - 1956) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (9)

Jazz singer turned actress.
Visited Lisbon, Portugal, where she was interviewed by Henrique Mendes for RTP, then the only television station, as a singer star.
Recorded "Mine For The Taking" (Sérénade Portugaise) "Der Wind und das Meer" Music by Charles Trenet & English lyrics by Allen Roberts on a 45 Mercury Records-70967 in 1965 in New York, USA.
Plays Mama Corleone in both The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), but refused to climb into a casket for the character's funeral scene. For that scene, Francis Ford Coppola had his mother Italia Coppola play the part.
She appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
Although she played John Cazale, Al Pacino and James Caan's mother in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), she is only five years older than Cazale and ten years older than Pacino and Caan.
She was only seven months older than Robert Duvall when she played his semi-adopted mother in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II.
Attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx.
Had a four-octave contralto vocal range.

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