Talia Shire – Five Questions You Ask Answered

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Talia Shire

Talia Shire is an actress, the kind that has been in the industry for so long and has done so much yet whose name does not ring the kind of bell commensurate to her long-term service and achievements. Here are all the facts you need to know about the Rocky series and the Godfather trilogy star.

How old is Talia Shire?

Talia Shire was born in Lake Success in New York. Her father Carmine Coppola was an all-round entertainer. He was a songwriter and composer, pianist and flutist. Most of his works were compositions for the screen for which he earned the rewards of an Oscar award and a Golden Globe award plus BAFTA and Grammy nominations.

Her mother Italia Coppola was the daughter of an Italia-born music composer, film importer and theatre owner. While there is no record that she went into entertainment herself, she birthed and raised a professor, a director/producer, and the actress of interest here.

Talia was born in April 1946 and is 73 years old today.

Career – Who played  Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series?

Talia Shire played the role of Adrian Balboa in the series of American boxing sports-drama films “Rocky”. There were eight films in the series which were released over the period of one generation from 1976 to 2018. In all Andrian featured in six of these films playing the role of wife and soulmate of boxing sensation Rocky Balboa, her last appearance came in 2001 “Rocky Balboa” when her character was killed off via ovarian cancer.

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For her first role as Rocky’s love interest in the series, Shire got praises and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. For this role, she won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress and the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In all, Talia got Oscar nominations two times. The other one coming from her role as Connie Corleone in “The Godfather II”.

Talia began her career in 1968 aged 24. Her debut credit was a movie titled “The Wild Racers”. She featured in a couple of not-so-well-known films until her breakthrough came in 1976 when she played the role of Adrian Pennino in “Rocky”. While TV is not her strongest points he has gone on to play “For Richer, And Poorer” on HBO in 1991 and a couple of TV films and one-episodic appearances.

In what is currently her last credit as the time of writing, Talia Shire made a guest appearance on Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”.

Family – How is Talia Shire related to Nicolas Cage?

Talia Shire is from a family of famous people who have made marks in other aspects of life other than entertainment. Talia Shire is Nicolas Cage’s aunty – Nicholas Cage is her nephew. Born in January 1964, Cage is an actor and director (and executive producer). He acted a couple of movies including the black comedy “Dog Eats Dog” from 2006, horror-comedy “Mom and Dad” (2017) and Mandy, the 2018 thriller co-produced by the United States and Canada.

On the directing side include “Sonny”, a 2002 low-budget movie which didn’t hit the ground running towards positive reviews or box office loot.

Talia Shire’s other notable relations include her older brother the academic, author, film executive, and arts advocate August Floyd Coppola who passed away in 2009. He was Nicholas Cage’s father.

Another of Talia’s brother is Francis Ford Coppola. He was born in 1939 and went on to make a name for himself in a handful of endeavors including directing, producing, and screenwriting. An Oscar award winner, Francis Coppola’s best-known legacy is the “The Godfather” which he directed.

There is no end to the famous people who have family ties with Ms. Shire. If we begin to mention in-laws, first cousins, second cousins, uncles and aunties, and grandparents, this post will be only other Talia’s relations and would be a long read. One for the road, however, is Sophia Coppola, her niece and daughter of Francis Coppola. Sophia was born in 1971 and made a name for herself as a screenwriter, director, producer, and ex-actress.

More on Talia Shire’s family

Talia Shire has three children from her two marriages. She first got married to David Shire the songwriter and composer for theaters, films and TV in 1970. The two were blessed with a son Mathew Shire the screenwriter before divorcing in 1980. The same year Talia married the film producer Jack Schwartzman. Among his credits was producing “Never Say Never Again” for Sean Connery as James Bond in 1983.

Mr. Schwartzman passed away in 1994. The couple got blessed with two kids. The first Jason Schwartzman is an actor executive producer and musician. His most notable movies include “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014). The second son is Robert Schwartzman an actor, screenwriter, director, and musician who was born in Christmas eve of 1982 and is known for “The Princess Diaries”.

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Talia Shire’s marriage to Schwartzman made her the stepmom to John Leonard Schwartzman the choreographer and Oscar-nominee whose work included a certain animated film called “Jurassic World”.

Is the actress still alive?

Talia Shire’s last major screen appearance was in 2016. She still made singular episodic appearances (up to 2018) but 2016 was the last time she had what might be termed a major appearance. Perhaps, because actors rarely retire, movie watchers might just assume she was dead which may explain why How old was Talia Shire when she died? is one of the most searched Talia Shire-related questions.

The answer is simple: Talia Shire is still alive. She is just 73 years. If family history is an indicator, Talia has nearly two more decades to live. Her father died at the age of 90 while her mother lived till she was 91. Longevity runs in the veins of the Coppolas.

What is Talia Shire’s net worth?

Talia Shire made cool money off her job as an actress. She might not have appeared in a ton of movies and TV series, but she appeared in quality ones. Her appearances in “The Godfather” films as a Connie Corleone the only daughter of the Mafian godfather and as Adrian Balbao left a super lasting impression on her career and on her bank manager.

Talia Shire is one of the richest oldest living female actors in her database. The actress is worth a cool 20 million dollars.

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