The Coppola family

The Coppola family is an American family of Italian origin (from Bernalda, in the province of Matera, Basilicata region) which includes musicians, filmmakers, actors and actresses, writers, singers, song-writers, composers.


    The Coppolas can boast winners of Academy Awards spanning three distinct generations:
  • Carmine Coppola won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for "The Godfather - Part II"
  • His son Francis Ford Coppola won the Oscar for best original screenplay for "Patton", best adapted screenplay for "The Godfather" and "The Godfather - Part II", for best film and best directing for "The Godfather - Part II"
  • Grandchildren Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola), and Sofia Coppola (daughter of Francis Ford) won Academy Awards, respectively, as Best Actor for "Leaving Las Vegas" and best original screenplay for "Lost in Translation".
Italia Pennino Coppola

And the other side of the family?

There's a saying, that behind a great man there is always a great woman... actually it is not behind, but beside... Italia Pennino, the wife of flutist and composer Carmine Coppola, was a "figlia d'arte" as we would say in Italian. Her father, Neapolitan Francesco Pennino (1880-1952), was a composer of Italian songs, an importer of Italian movies and a movie theater owner. The Pennino family lived in an apartment over the family's Empire Theater in Brooklyn, NY.
Italia Pennino Coppola

More to come...

In total, no less than 23 Academy Awards nominations and 9 wins. And at the Golden Globe Awards 2016 the twice awarded "Mozart in the Jungle" rose from the idea of Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers. Roman Ford Coppola is the son of Francis Ford Coppola and Jason Schwartzman the son of Talia Shire née Coppola, a sister of Francis Ford Coppola, best remembered for her role as Adrian, wife of Rocky Balboa in the first five "Rocky" movies.

And it is not over, its extended members encompass even more awards and an extraordinary influence in the arts of the 20th century, with more actors and actresses, directors, song-writers, composers, producers, as can be seen in the wonderful poster developed by Hollywood Reporter

Suggested reading and links

Coppola Family Tree

Italia Pennino Coppola