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Eleanor Coppola is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. She is best known for her work on the films The Godfather Part III (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), and Marie Antoinette (2006).

Born in San Francisco, California, on May 4, 1933, Coppola is the daughter of Italia (née Pennino) and Francis Ford Coppola, Sr. She has three siblings: August Coppola, Talia Shire, and Carmine Coppola. She was educated at the Santa Rosa Junior College and the University of California, Berkeley.

Coppola began her career in the film industry working as an assistant director on Roger Corman’s The Terror (1963). She made her directorial debut with the short film You’re a Big Girl Now (1966). She went on to direct the features Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and The Godfather Part III (1990).

Coppola has been married to director Francis Ford Coppola since 1963. They have three children: Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Gian-Carlo Coppola.

Coppola has a net worth of $20 million. She has earned her wealth through her work in the film industry.

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Full NameEleanor Coppola
Date Of BirthMay 4, 1936
ProfessionFilm director, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Visual Artist
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles


SpouseFrancis Ford Coppola
ChildrenSofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Gian-Carlo Coppola
SiblingsBill Neil


NominationsDirectors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Documentaries
MoviesHearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Paris Can Wait, On the Set of CQ

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1[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]
2I 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]
3I'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]


1At 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 Yume no mani mani (2008) was released.
2She met Francis Ford Coppola while working as an assistant art director on Dementia 13 (1963).
3She visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her husband Francis Ford Coppola. [June 2007]
4Release of her book, "Notes On a Life". [2007]
5In 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.
6Sister-in-law of August Coppola.
7Aunt of Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola, Christopher Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, John Schwartzman, Robert Schwartzman, Stephanie Schwartzman and Christopher Neil.
8Grandmother of Gia Coppola.
9Has Irish ancestry.
10Daughter-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.
11Older sister of Bill Neil.




Paris Can Wait2016
Coda: Thirty Years Later2007TV Movie documentary
Francis Ford Coppola Directs 'John Grisham's The Rainmaker'2007Video documentary short
The Making of 'Marie Antoinette'2007Video short
A Visit to China's Miao Country1996Documentary short
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1991Documentary documentary footage


Francis Ford Coppola Directs 'John Grisham's The Rainmaker'2007Video documentary short
A Million Feet of Film: The Editing of Apocalypse Now2006Video documentary short
Heard Any Good Movies Lately?: The Sound Design of Apocalypse Now2006Video short
The Music of Apocalypse Now2006Video documentary short
The Birth of 5.1 Sound2006Video documentary short

Camera Department

On the Set of 'CQ'2002Video documentary short videographer
Teknolust2002second camera operator: Hess collection
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1991Documentary camera operator: Philippines


Coda: Thirty Years Later2007TV Movie documentary
Paris Can Wait2016


Paris Can Wait2016producer
Coda: Thirty Years Later2007TV Movie documentary producer


The Godfather Family: A Look Inside1990TV Movie documentary additional footage
Apocalypse Now1979documentary supervisor


The Rain People1969Gordon's Wife (uncredited)

Art Department

You're a Big Boy Now1966titles - as Eleanor Neil

Set Decorator

Dementia 131963as Eleanor Neil


The Bling Ring2013thanks - as Mom
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III2012special thanks - as Mom & Dad
Somewhere2010thank you - as Mom
The Dream Studio2004Video documentary short special thanks
Lost in Translation2003thanks - as Mom
An American Rhapsody2001the producers and director wish to thank
Full Tilt Boogie1997Documentary special thanks - as Eleanor Coppolla
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside1990TV Movie documentary thanks


Napa Valley Dreams2013Documentary shortHerself
Gomorron2011TV SeriesHerself - Ställer ut sitt verk i Stockholm
Coda: Thirty Years Later2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Legacy of Filmmakers: The Early Years of American Zoetrope2004Video documentaryHerself
On the Set of 'CQ'2002Video documentary shortNarrator
Ryska Alaska1992TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 19th Annual Rudolph Valentino Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse1991DocumentaryHerself
The 43th Annual Directors Guild Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside1990TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming - DirectingHearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Nominated Awards

1992DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary/ActualityHearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

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