Sofia's Choice

ONCE A DILETTANTE, SOFIA COPPOLA HAS BECOME A DIRECTOR WITH A DISTINCT VISION

Francis Ford Coppola knew his only daughter would become a director by the time she was 3. "My wife and I were driving in the car with Sofia," he says, "and we were having a typical silly marital argument that was going on a little too long. All of a sudden this little voice in the back seat said, 'Cut!' She knew how to use that word at a very early age."

Later, when Sofia was about 6, on the set of her dad's film Apocalypse Now she would draw elaborate pictures of palm trees and helicopters and tell stories...

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