Category: Francis Ford Coppola

Sofia Coppola marries rocker Thomas Mars in Italy

Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars are married

Sofia Coppola and her rocker beau, Thomas Mars, wed on Saturday at a star-studded ceremony in Italy.

Bypassing the white wedding gown, Sofia, 40, wore a sheer lavender tulle dress, custom-designed by Azzedine Alaïa for the civil nuptials.

Director Francis Ford Coppola walked his daughter down the aisle at the garden ceremony at the family-owned 19th century mansion Palazzo Margherita. All the festivities took place in Bernalda, the hometown of the bride's grandparents, in southern Italy.

"Everything went well," Bernalda's Mayor Leonardo Chiruzzi, who officiated, told the Associated Press. "It was simple, calm, in the garden."

The couple's impressive guest list of about 80 people was rumored to include the likes of George Lucas, Johnny Depp, Talia Shire and Sofia's famous cousins Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman.

At the reception, the newlyweds and guests dined on local cheeses, salads, pasta, fish and pork, along with Coppola family wine, People reported.

And dessert? Cake, of course. Decorated in white flowers, the delicacy, prepared by the chef at nearby Magna Grecia hotel, was a simple vanilla flavor with chantilly cream.

"They came in last week and chose the cake," said Biagio Loiudice, who runs the hotel. "It's not high, very simple. They preferred simplicity."

The Phoenix frontman and his Oscar-winning wife, engaged since May, have two daughters, Romy, 4, and Cosima, 15 months.

Coppola's first marriage, to director Spike Jonze, ended in 2003.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Francis Ford Coppola, left, arrives at the wedding of daughter Sofia Coppola to Thomas Mars, who posed for photos, right, after the ceremony in Bernalda, Italy. Credits: Lapresse / Associated Press, left; Tony Vece / European Pressphoto Agency, right.

Nicolas Cage's dad, August Coppola, dead at 75

Nic cage August Coppola -- father of Nicolas Cage and brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire-- died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a heart attack, Cage's publicist reports.

Among other things, Nicolas' dad was a professor of literature at Cal State Long Beach and later a cinema professor and dean of the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State.

Read more about the life of August Coppola here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Nicolas Cage with "Bad Lieutenant" director Werner Herzog on Sept. 15 at the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press


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