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Talia Shire (born April 25, 1946) is an American actress.

Personal life

Shire was born Talia Rose Coppola in Lake Success, New Yorkmarker, the daughter of Italia (née Pennino) and arranger/composer Carmine Coppola. Her name is in honor of her ancestral country (Italymarker). Shire 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 was married to composer David Shire, with whom she had a son, Matthew Orlando Shire. She has two other sons, actors/musicians Jason Schwartzman and Robert Carmine, from her second marriage to the late producer Jack Schwartzman.


Shire first became famous for her role of Connie Corleone in The Godfather and its sequels. Later, she portrayed Adrian Pennino, the girlfriend (and later wife) of Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movies. She also starred in such films as I ♥ Huckabees, Kiss the Bride and 2007's Homo Erectus.


Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Wild Racers 1st Girlfriend
1970 The Dunwich Horror Nurse Cora
Maxie Sandy
1971 Gas-s-s-s Coralee
The Christian Licorice Store Last Party Guest
1972 The Godfather Connie Corleone
Un homme est mort Make-Up Girl
1974 The Godfather Part II Connie Corleone Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1976 Rocky Adrian Pennino National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
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 Adrian Pennino/Balboa
1980 Windows Emily Hollander
1982 Rocky III Adrian Balboa
1985 Rocky IV 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 Adrian Balboa
The Godfather Part III Connie Corleone
1991 Cold Heaven Sister Martha
Bed & Breakfast Claire
1993 Deadfall Sam
1997 A River Made to Drown In Jaime's Mother
She's So Lovely Restaurant Owner Uncredited Role
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Lacey
Can I Play? Roberta Short film
Caminho dos Sonhos Ida Stern
The Landlady Melanie Leroy
1999 Lured Innocence Martha Chambers
Palmer's Pick Up Mr. Price
2000 The Visit Parole Board Member Marilyn
2001 The Whole Shebang Contessa 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
2007 Homo Erectus Ishbo's Mother
2008 Looking for Palladin Rosario
Dim Sum Funeral Viola Gruber
My Father's Will
2009 Pizza with Bullets Mary Perspirino post-production
The Deported Dina post-production
Scratching the Surface Mrs. Shifman pre-production
C.F. Donna Fischer pre-production
2010 Shadows from the Sky Cheryl Jones pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Foster and Laurie Adelaide Laurie CBS TV-Movie
1976 Doctors' Hospital Episode: Lullabye
Rich Man, Poor Man Teresa Santoro ABC Miniseries
1977 Kill Me If You Can Rosalie Asher NBC TV-Movie
The Godfather Saga Connie Corleone NBC TV-Movie
1978 Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This Carol Agnelli CBS TV-Movie
1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife Gina NBC TV-Movie
Faerie Tale Theatre Wilma Van Winkle Episode: Rip Van Winkle
1991 Mark Twain and Me Jean Clemens TV-Movie
1992 For Richer, for Poorer Millie Katourian HBO TV-Movie
CBS Schoolbreak Special Mrs. Leland Episode: Please, God, I'm Only Seventeen
1993 Chantilly Lace Maggie Showtime TV-Movie
1997 Born Into Exile Donna Nolan NBC TV-Movie
2007 Blue Smoke Bianca Hale Lifetime Television TV-Movie
Christmas at Cadillac Jack's Peg TV-Movie

See also


  1. Talia Shire Biography (1946–1994)
  2. Retrieved on 2009-30-04

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