Talia Shire

Talia Shire

Shire in Rich Man, Poor Man (1976)
Born Talia Rose Coppola
(1946-04-25) April 25, 1946
Lake Success, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) David Shire (m. 1970; div. 1980)
Jack Schwartzman (m. 1980; his death 1994)
Children 3, including Jason and Robert
Relatives August Coppola (brother)
Francis Ford Coppola (brother)
Family Coppola family

Talia Rose Shire (née Coppola; born April 25, 1946) is an Italian-American actress most 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 has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively.

Personal life

Shire was born Talia Rose Coppola in Lake Success, New York, the only daughter of Italia (née Pennino; 1912-2004) and arranger/composer Carmine Coppola (1910-1991).[1] Her parents were both of Italian descent. 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 late film producer Jack Schwartzman. She also has two stepchildren by her second marriage, Schwartzman's first marriage.


Shire portrayed Connie Corleone in The Godfather and its sequels. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1974's The Godfather: Part II. In 1976, she portrayed Adrian Pennino, the love interest of Rocky Balboa in Rocky. For this role, 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 a Best Actress Oscar. In addition to the Rocky sequels, Shire appeared in such films as Kiss the Bride (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and Homo Erectus (2007).[2]


Year Title 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
The Outside Man 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 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 Adrian Pennino/Balboa
1980 Windows Emily Hollander
1982 Rocky III Adrian Pennino/Balboa
1985 Rocky IV Adrian Pennino/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 Pennino/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 Role
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
1999 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 Adrian Pennino Balboa Archive 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
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 TV-Movie
Christmas at Cadillac Jack's Peg TV-Movie

See also


  1. Talia Shire profile, filmreference.com; accessed November 8, 2015.
  2. Profile; retrieved 2009-30-04

External links

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