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August Coppola

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August Floyd Coppola February 16, 1934 – October 27, 2009 was an American academic, author, film executive and advocate for the arts He was the father of actor Nicolas Cage


  • 1 Family life
  • 2 Education and work
  • 3 Death and legacy
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Family life

August Coppola was the son of composer and flutist Carmine Coppola 1910-1991 and Italia Pennino 1912-2004, a lyricist and matriarch of the Coppola family His siblings are film director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire; his uncle is composer Anton Coppola August Coppola married German-American dancer Joy Vogelsang in 1960; they had three sons: Marc, Christopher, and Nicolas Among his nieces and nephews are director Sofia Coppola and actor Jason Schwartzman

Coppola and Vogelsang divorced in 1976 He married Marie Thenevin on April 16, 1981 That marriage ended in 1986 His last marriage was to Martine Chevallier, an actress with the Comédie-Française in Paris

Education and work

Coppola received his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his graduate degree at Hofstra University, where his thesis Ernest Hemingway: The Problem of In Our Time was published in 1956 Coppola earned his doctorate at Occidental College in 1960

He taught comparative literature at Cal State Long Beach in the 1960s and '70s and served as a trustee of the California State University system before moving to San Francisco in 1984 He then served as Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University In this role, Coppola earned a reputation of being a champion of the arts on the campus and in the community, and for promoting diversity within the student body of the arts school

Additionally, August Coppola worked in film, like many other members of his family He was an executive at his brother's American Zoetrope film studio, where he was involved in the revival of Abel Gance's 1927 silent film Napoléon He was the founder and president of the San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission, and served on the jury of the 36th Berlin International Film Festival in 1986 Also, Coppola served as chairman and CEO of Education First!, an organization seeking Hollywood studio support of educational programs

Coppola also worked as an advocate for art appreciation among the visually impaired He is credited as being the creator of the Tactile Dome, a feature at the San Francisco Exploratorium museum, which opened to the public on September 9, 1971 The Dome is a lightless maze that requires visitors to pass through using only their sense of touch In 1972 Coppola opened the AudioVision Workshop with colleague Professor Gregory Frazier, which utilized Frazier's original process of audio recording descriptions of film and theater action for the benefit of visually impaired audiences

Coppola was the author of the romantic novel The Intimacy 1978, and was working on a second novel, The Nymbus, while living in Savannah, Georgia

Death and legacy

August Coppola's final home was in Los Angeles, where he died of a heart attack on October 27, 2009 at age 75

The 150-seat August Coppola Theater on the San Francisco State campus is named in his honor Francis Ford Coppola dedicated his 1983 film Rumble Fish to him

In The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010, August Coppola's name is mentioned at the very end of credits

See also

  • Coppola family tree


  1. ^ Nicolas Cage's father, August Coppola, dead at 75
  2. ^ "August Coppola dies at 75" Los Angeles Times obituary
  3. ^ "SFSU names screening room after ex-dean Coppola"
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1986 Juries" berlinalede Retrieved 2011-01-14 
  5. ^ "Coppola Writes Quietly in Savannah" San Francisco Chronicle
  6. ^ "August Coppola, arts educator, dies at 75" San Francisco Chronicle
  7. ^ IMDb Trivia

External links

  • August Coppola on IMDb

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