Director Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at the age of 87

Director Eleanor Coppola, wife of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at the age of 87

ELeanor Coppola, film director and producer, died this Friday, April 12, 2024, at the age of 87, at her home in Rutherford, California, reportsAssociated Press. The circumstances of his death are still unknown.

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The filmmaker, who shared the life of director Francis Ford Coppola, was awarded two Emmy awards for his documentary. Hearts of Darkness: The Director’s Apocalypse (1991), which investigates behind-the-scenes photography d’Apocalypse Nowled by her husband in 1979.

Eleanor Coppola, born May 4, 1936 in Los Angeles, crossed paths with her future husband on the set of the film Mental disorder 13 in 1963, where he served as assistant artistic director. Since this meeting, the couple has never been separated and has given birth to three children.

The director’s disappearance comes just weeks before the Cannes Film Festival, where Francis Ford Coppola is presenting his film in competition. Megalopolis. This is a big project, being prepared since 1983, for which the director had to pay 120 million dollars.

Director and screenwriter

His documentary In hearts of darkness he had made an impression. It explored many of the key events that took place during the filming of the film in the Philippines that won Francis Ford Coppola the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The film was damaged by a hurricane, a heart attack that affected the actor Martin Sheen, as well as the death of a member of the technical team forced the director to extend the production time, causing an explosion of budget costs.

In 2007, fifteen years later In hearts of darknessproduced the manufacture of Marie Antoinetteone of the feature films of his daughter, Sofia Coppola.

He worked as a director of photography on various feature films, while also trying his hand at writing screenplays and directing fiction films: Hello Anne (Paris Can Waitin the original version), comics released in 2016, and Love stories (Love is Love) in 2020.

In 1986, Gian-Carlo, the eldest son of the couple he founded with Francis Ford Coppola, lost his life at the age of 22 in a tragic boating accident. They had a third child, Roman, who also has a career in the world of cinema.