Oscar Actors: Shire, Talia (Nominee)–Background, Career, Awards

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Talia Shire Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: Yes?  father composer; Coppola clan

Nationality: US

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Oscar Role: Godfather, Part II, 1974; aged 28; Rocky, 1976; aged 30

Other Noms: 2

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Screen Image: character actor

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Talia Rose Shire (née Coppola; April 25, 1946) is an American actress best known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series. For her work in The Godfather Part II and Rocky, Shire was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively, and for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in Rocky.

Shire was born Talia Rose Coppola in Lake Success, New York, into a Catholic family of Italian immigrant ancestry, the only daughter of Italia (née Pennino; 1912–2004) and arranger-composer Carmine Coppola (1910–1991).

Her paternal grandparents came to the US from Bernalda, Basilicata.

Her maternal grandfather, popular Italian composer Francesco Pennino, emigrated from Naples, Italy.

Talia is the sister of director and producer Francis Ford Coppola and academic August Coppola, the aunt of actor Nicolas Cage and director Sofia Coppola, and the niece of composer and conductor Anton Coppola.

She has three children. Her son Matthew Orlando Shire is the child of her first marriage to composer David Shire. Her other sons, actors-musicians Jason and Robert, are from her second marriage, to the film producer Jack Schwartzman.

Shire portrayed Connie Corleone in The Godfather and its sequels and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Godfather: Part II (1974).

For her portrayal of Adrian Pennino, the love interest of Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976),she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and the Oscar Award for Best Actress.

In addition to reprising her Adrian role in four Rocky sequels, Shire has appeared in such films as Kiss the Bride (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Homo Erectus (2007).


1968 The Wild Racers 1st Girlfriend As Talia Coppola
1970 The Dunwich Horror Nurse Cora Credited as Talia Coppola
Maxie Sandy Credited as Talia Coppola
1971 Gas-s-s-s Coralee Credited as Talia Coppola
The Christian Licorice Store Last Party Guest Credited as Talia Coppola
1972 The Godfather Connie Corleone
The Outside Man Make-Up Girl
1974 The Godfather Part II Connie Corleone Nominated, Best Supporting Actress
1976 Rocky Adrianna “Adrian” Pennino NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

1979 Old Boyfriends Dianne Cruise
Prophecy Maggie Verne
Rocky II Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
1980 Windows Emily Hollander
1982 Rocky III Adrian Balboa
1985 Rocky IV Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
1986 Rad Mrs. Jones
Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star Dr. Tedra Rosen
1989 New York Stories Charlotte Segment: Life Without Zoe
1990 Rocky V Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa
The Godfather Part III Connie Corleone
1991 Cold Heaven Sister Martha
1992 Bed & Breakfast Claire
1993 Deadfall Sam
1997 A River Made to Drown In Jaime’s Mother
She’s So Lovely Restaurant Owner Uncredited
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Lacey
Can I Play? Robert Short film
Caminho dos Sonhos Ida Stern
The Landlady Melanie Leroy
1999 Lured Innocence Martha Chambers
Palmer’s Pick Up Mr. Price
The Black and the White Tulip Clayton
2000 The Visit Parole Board Member Marilyn
2001 The Whole Shebang Countess Bazinni
2002 Kiss the Bride Irena Sposato
2003 Family Tree Patricia Short film
Dunsmore Mildred Green
2004 I ♥ Huckabees Mrs. Silver
2005 Pomegranate Aunt Sophia
2006 Rocky Balboa Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa Archival footage
2007 Homo Erectus Ishbo’s Mother
2008 Looking for Palladin Rosario
Dim Sum Funeral Viola Gruber
My Father’s Will
2009 The Deported Dina
Minkow Carole Minkow
Scratching the Surface Mrs. Shifman
2011 The Return of Joe Rich Gloria Neiderman
2013 Palo Alto Mrs. Ganem
2016 Dreamland Victoria
2020 Working Man Iola Parkes

1975 Foster and Laurie Adelaide Laurie CBS Television film
1976 Doctors’ Hospital Episode: “Lullabye”
Rich Man, Poor Man Teresa Santoro ABC Television miniseries
1977 Kill Me If You Can Rosalie Asher NBC Television film
The Godfather Saga Connie Corleone NBC Television film
1978 Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This Carol Agnelli CBS Television film
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Gina NBC Television film
Faerie Tale Theatre Wilma Van Winkle Episode: “Rip Van Winkle”
1991 Mark Twain and Me Jean Clemens Television film
1992 For Richer, for Poorer Millie Katourian HBO Television film
CBS Schoolbreak Special Mrs. Leland Episode: “Please, God, I’m Only Seventeen”
1993 Chantilly Lace Maggie Showtime Television film
1995 Blossom Herself Episode: “A Star Is Bared”
1997 Born Into Exile Donna Nolan NBC Television film
2007 Blue Smoke Bianca Hale Lifetime Television film
Christmas at Cadillac Jack’s Peg Television film
2017 Kingdom Annette Kulina Episodes: “Old Pueblo” and “Cactus”
2018 Grace and Frankie Teddie Episodes: “The Pop-Ups” and “The Hinge”
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Meryl Frumpkis Bravo