5 Movie Directors Who Cast Their Daughters


Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola

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Director Francis Ford Coppola has a long history of working with family members, and his daughter is no exception. Though nowadays Sofia Coppola is recognized as a director and Oscar-winning screenwriter in her own right, in her earlier years she was better known as an actress. She actually debuted on film as an infant in her father’s masterpiece The Godfather playing the baby Michael Rizzi in the iconic Christening scene. She also appeared in minor roles in her father’s The Godfather Part II, The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Tucker: The Man and His Dream, often credited as “Domino.”

Unfortunately, the most significant acting role in Sofia’s career – playing Mary Corleone in her father’s The Godfather Part III (1990) – is also her most derided performance (Sofia was cast in part because Wionna Ryder dropped out of the role very late). Sofia has since concentrated on working behind the camera instead, like her father. Francis later produced his daughter’s debut film as a director, The Virgin Suicides (1999), and served as an executive producer on her films Lost in Translation (2003), Marie Antoinette (2006), Somewhere (2010), and The Bling Ring (2013). Not only that, but Francis, who also owns a winery, named a champagne after his daughter.

In an interesting bit of trivia, the Coppolas and the Hustons are the the only families with three generations of Oscar winners (Francis’ father, Carmine, won an Oscar for scoring The Godfather Part II).


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