As a member of a filmmaking dynasty that included such heavy-hitters as father Francis Ford Coppola, cousin Nicolas Cage and various other Hollywood luminaries, writer-director Sofia Coppola began her career as an actress and model before becoming an award-winning director. She initially appeared in several minor supporting roles in her father’s movies but began to broaden her range of behind-the-scenes work, beginning with the 28-minute short Bed, Bath and Beyond (1996), which she shot on video, edited and co-directed. Her next short Lick the Star (1998) screened at festivals and aired on television. Coppola made a huge splash with her feature-length directorial debut The Virgin Suicides (2000), which earned high praise on the festival circuit and established her as a noteworthy filmmaker.
Her sophomore film, Lost in Translation, was a triumph, garnering critical praise, an Academy and Golden Globe Award for her somewhat autobiographical screenplay and she became the first American woman nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. Coppola’s next film, Marie Antoinette (2006), proved controversial but continued to earn Coppola awards and recognition. She has continued directing shorts, commercials and award-winning feature films.