Morgana King as Carmela Corleone
|First appearance||The Godfather|
|Last appearance||The Godfather: The Game|
|Created by||Mario Puzo|
|Portrayed by||Morgana King (47–61)
Francesca De Sapio (19–27)
|Spouse(s)||Vito Corleone (1914–1955, Vito's death)|
|Children||Sonny Corleone (deceased)
Fredo Corleone (deceased)
Michael Corleone (deceased)
Tom Hagen (adoptive son; deceased)
|Relatives||Anthony Corleone (grandson)|
Carmela is portrayed by Italian-American Morgana King in Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation of the novel, as well as in The Godfather Part II. King is better known as a singer and is given a brief chance to display her vocal skills in the wedding reception scene of The Godfather when she sings the song "Luna Mezz'O Mare". Although King was born Maria Grazia Morgana Messina in Pleasantville, New York, her parents were "from Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Province of Catania, Sicily."
Carmela was born in Sicily in 1897, and emigrated to the United States shortly after the turn of the century. She married Vito Corleone in 1914; they were married for just over 40 years until Vito's death in 1955. They had four children – Sonny, Fredo, Michael and Connie. They also took care of a friend of Sonny, Tom Hagen, who later serves as the family consigliere.
In the novel, Carmela Corleone is portrayed as a traditional Italian immigrant woman who speaks in very broken English. In the movies, however, she speaks near-flawless English, with a marked New York accent. In the novel, she develops a close relationship with Michael's girlfriend and future wife, Kay. She is given more expansive dialogue in The Godfather Part II, notably when she confronts her daughter Connie about her behaviour early in the film, and when she discusses family life with Michael, who fears that his role as Don of the Corleone criminal empire will cost him his family. Carmela Corleone dies toward the end of the sequel.
Carmela was disturbed by Vito's change from a kind, quiet young man to a pragmatic and ruthless criminal. However Carmela seems to forgive Vito for his many crimes, because he remains essentially a good man who is devoted to his family. Devoutly Catholic, Carmela attends Mass every day to pray for her husband's soul to keep him from "going down there."
Carmela is a major character in the 2012 sequel novel The Family Corleone, which portrays their early years together, raising a family as Vito becomes a crime boss.
- Vito Corleone — Husband; played by Marlon Brando in Godfather I, played by Robert De Niro in Godfather II
- Tom Hagen — Adopted son; played by Robert Duvall
- Santino 'Sonny' Corleone — first-born son; played by James Caan
- Sandra Corleone — Daughter-in-law; played by Julie Gregg
- Constanzia "Connie" Corleone-Rizzi — Daughter; played by Talia Shire
- Frederico 'Fredo' Corleone — middle son, underboss to Michael; played by John Cazale
- Michael Corleone — Youngest son; played by Al Pacino
- Kay Adams — Daughter-in-law; played by Diane Keaton
- Anthony Corleone — Grandson; played by Anthony Gounaris in Godfather I, played by James Gounaris in Godfather II, played by Franc D'Ambrosio in Godfather III
- Mary Corleone — Granddaughter; played by Sofia Coppola
- Vincent Mancini-Corleone — Grandson; played by Andy García