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December 12, 1912
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||January 21, 2004 (aged 91)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||San Fernando Mission Cemetery|
|Children||August Coppola |
Francis Ford Coppola
Italia Pennino Coppola (Italian: [iˈtaːlja ˈkɔppola]; December 12, 1912 – January 21, 2004) was the matriarch of the Coppola family. She appeared in three non-speaking roles in Francis Ford Coppola's movies, One from the Heart, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III. She was known for her Italian cooking and published a cookbook called Mama Coppola's Pasta Book. Her nickname "Mammarella" is the name of her pasta and sauce line. Francis Ford Coppola named his 1998 Edizione Pennino zinfandel after her family’s name and Italian heritage. Her image has also appeared on the "Mammarella" pasta and sauce line, named after her and made by her son Francis.
Born in New York City, she was one of six children of Anna (née Giaquinto) (1879-?) and composer Francesco Pennino (1880-1952), both of Naples, Italy. Her father was a composer of Italian songs, an importer of Italian films and a movie theater owner. She was born in an apartment over the family's Empire Theater in Brooklyn. She was the wife of Carmine Coppola and the mother of academic August Coppola, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, as well as the maternal grandmother of actors Jason Schwartzman, Robert Carmine and writer Matthew Shire, and the paternal Aunt of talent manager Anthony Pennino, and paternal grandmother of actors Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola and directors Roman Coppola, Christopher Coppola and Sofia Coppola.
Italia Pennino Coppola is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery alongside her husband.
|1972||The Godfather||Extra in Wedding Scene||Uncredited|
|1974||The Godfather Part II||Mama Corleone's Body||Uncredited|
|1981||One from the Heart||Couple in Elevator #2|
|1990||The Godfather Part III||Signora Altobello||Uncredited (final film role)|
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