Sofia Coppola was born to celebrity filmmakers Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
. Her extensive Hollywood family includes first cousins Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman, as well as aunt Talia Shire
Her career as an actress began when she was an infant when she starred in her father’s film The Godfather' She made appearances in seven of her father’s films, including Peggy Sue Got Married and the third movie in The Godfather franchise
. Her roles in these films were plagued by negative reviews of her acting skills; she was named “Worst Supporting Actress” and “Worst New Star” at the Golden Raspberry Awards in 1990 for The Godfather III
. Francis Ford Coppola was accused of nepotism and was heavily criticized for casting his daughter in the famous trilogy; if not for him, Sofia would likely not have been cast in any films. Vice referred to her career as “a clear-cut case of nepotism gone wild, on steroids, and then additionally on crack."
Coppola’s name also helped her to get her start as a screenwriter, director, and producer, thus following in the footsteps of her father. She was much more successful in this endeavor than in acting, and has directed several critically acclaimed films such as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation
. As it usually is with sons and daughters of famous figures, Coppola does indeed show talent at her craft, but would not have been given the same opportunities had she not been related to a number of filmmakers and actors. Often viewed as a personification of Hollywood nepotism, Coppola has worked tirelessly to prove that she is deserving of the automatic leg-up that she’s been provided with.