December 12, 1912
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
|Died||January 21, 2004 (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California
|San Fernando Mission Cemetery|
Italia Pennino Coppola (December 12, 1912 – January 21, 2004) is most famous as the matriarch of the Coppola family.
Born in New York City, she was one of six children of Anna (née Giaquinto) and composer Francesco Pennino, 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 paternal grandmother of actors Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola and directors Roman Coppola, Christopher Coppola and Sofia Coppola. Italia appeared in two non-speaking roles in her son's movies, One from the Heart and The Godfather Part II. She was known for her Italian cooking and published a cookbook called Mama Coppola's Pasta Book. She is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery, alongside her husband. Her image has also appeared on the "Mammarella" pasta and sauce line, made by her son.
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