Sofia Coppola, born on May 14, 1971 to famous director Francis Ford Coppola and set decorator/ artist Eleanor Coppola (nee Neil) is a well-known American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. Like father, like daughter. She is a 1989 graduate of St. Helena and later on attended Mills College and the California institute of the Arts.
At the tender age of fifteen, when other kids were having fun, she interned with Chanel. She dropped out and started her own clothing line called, Milkfed which is now sold exclusively in Japan. Her acting career was marked by frequent criticisms related to nepotism. It began from her infanthood as she made some background appearances in her father’s films. The best known of these early roles is her appearances in the classic movie, The Godfather as the infant Michael Francis Rizzi in the baptism scene. She acted in some of her father’s films like The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married etc. Her first short film was Lick the star. It played many times on the Independent Film Channel. Her second feature was Lost in Translation (2003) which won accolades worldwide.
Sofia won the Academy Award for her original screenplay and three Golden Globe awards including best picture musical or Comedy and became the first American woman to get this coveted prize. In 2010, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion, the top prize in the Venice Film Festival for her flick, Somewhere. She has written and directed four critically acclaimed feature films.