Mary Corleone

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Mary Corleone
Mary Corleone GF3.jpeg
Sofia Coppola portraying Mary Corleone
First appearance The Godfather Part II
Last appearance The Godfather Part III
Created by Mario Puzo
Portrayed by Sofia Coppola
Information
Gender Female
Family Corleone family
Children None
Relatives Michael Corleone (father; deceased)
Kay Adams-Corleone (mother)
Vito Corleone (paternal grandfather; deceased)
Anthony Corleone (brother)
Sonny Corleone (paternal uncle; deceased)
Fredo Corleone (paternal uncle; deceased)
Vincent Mancini-Corleone (paternal cousin and lover)
Connie Corleone (paternal aunt)
Carmela Corleone (paternal grandmother; deceased) Carlo Rizzi (uncle; deceased)

Mary Corleone (1953–1980; aged 27) is a fictional character in The Godfather Part III, portrayed by Sofia Coppola.[1] She is the daughter of Michael Corleone and Kay Adams and sister of Anthony Vito Corleone.

The Godfather Part II[edit]

Mary first appears in The Godfather Part II as the youngest child of Michael and Kay. She is a young child (aged about 4 or 5) in the late 1950s. Like Anthony, she doesn't have much of a role or story arc in the film.

The Godfather Part III[edit]

Mary is one of the pivotal characters of Godfather Part III, set in 1979-80. Her father's favorite, she is sheltered from the violent world of the Corleone crime family. Upon meeting, she falls in love with her cousin, Vincent Mancini, who is also Michael's protégé. While on a trip to Sicily, Michael tells Mary he disapproves of the romance, believing that Vincent's growing involvement in the "family business" will put her in danger.

Toward the end of the film, Michael names Vincent as his successor, on condition that he break off his relationship with Mary. After her brother's debut concert, the assassin Mosca tries to kill Michael. One bullet grazes Michael's shoulder, but the other accidentally hits Mary in the heart, killing her instantly. Michael is devastated by Mary's death, which happens as he is beginning to finally put his life as Don Corleone behind him and rekindle his estranged relationship with Kay. A broken man, he retires to Sicily, where he eventually dies of old age nearly 20 years later.

Behind the scenes[edit]

Sofia Coppola, the daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola, was given the role after the original choice, Winona Ryder, became sick. Rebecca Schaeffer was set to read for this role, as well, but was murdered by a deranged fan on the day of her meeting with F.F. Coppola. Coppolla's performance was panned by most movie critics[2][3][4] and earned her two Razzies for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst New Star of 1990. In his review of the film in his Movie and Video Guide, critic Leonard Maltin calls the casting of Coppola an "almost fatal flaw."

Mary's aunt Connie Corleone is played by Talia Shire — Sofia Coppola's real-life aunt.

Sequel novels[edit]

Mary appears as a minor character in Mark Winegardner's sequel novels The Godfather Returns and The Godfather's Revenge, although in the original novel, Michael's second child is a boy.

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