Currently alive, at 77 years of age.
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1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, born on the 7th of April to Carmine Coppola, at the time first flautist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and his wife Italia in Detroit, Michigan.
1960 – Graduated with BA Drama, in Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.
1963 – Married, Eleanor Jessie Neil, film director.
1967 – Graduated with MFA, University of California at Los Angeles.
1971 – Like his contemporaries Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, studied films and filmmaking in college. His first break came as a screenwrite, he won his first Oscar for writing Patton, the movie based on the life of George S. Patton, Jr.
1972 – He had formed his own production company, and in he released The Godfather, a box office smash and often hailed as one of the best movies.
1969 – 1997 – He is considered one of the greats in the American movie business, more active as a producer these days than as a writer or director. His films as director include The Rain People with James Caan; The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, based on the books by S.E. Hinton; Tucker: The Man and His Dream, starring Jeff Bridges; Dracula, starring Gary Oldman; and The Rainmaker with Matt Damon.
1999 – His daughter, Sofia Coppola, made her directorial and screenwriting debut.
2003 – The Virgin Suicides and directed the critically-acclaimed Lost in Translation.