Sofia Coppola Appears in Godfather Parts I-III
Sofia Coppola made her acting debut before she even knew she was acting. Cast as Michael Corleone’s baby boy in the brilliant baptism/murder scene at the end of Francis Ford Coppola’s
Godfather, Sofia was essentially a living prop. Her father didn’t give her much of a promotion for the second film in the series when she was just another child on the ship that brought Vito Corleone to the United States. In
The Godfather Part III, however, she had a starring role, as Mary Corleone, Michael’s youngest daughter. Though she is sheltered from the family’s questionable business doings, she is forced to confront them when she falls in love with her cousin Vinnie Mancini-Corleone, who is Michael’s choice to take over. Spoiler alert—it does not end well for her. In real life, however, Sofia’s trajectory was far more successful, going into her father’s business, too, and has directed five features including
The Virgin Suicides and
Lost in Translation, for which she won a Best Screenplay Academy Award.