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Celebrities are people who inspire and rise above the rest of us. They are stars who shine down. Celebrities appear like divine versions of the rest of the crowd. But what exactly makes "a star"? Is it a combination of many qualities like charisma and talent? Or does one characteristic seem to be the most important?

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The world of the rich and famous is a small world indeed
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Sofia Coppola's connections

Sofia Coppola is a director, screenwriter, and producer. She made her debut in The Godfather, a film directed by her father Francis Ford Coppola.
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The Argument

Sofia Coppola was born to celebrity filmmakers Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola[1]. Her extensive Hollywood family includes first cousins Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman, as well as aunt Talia Shire[2]. Her career as an actress began when she was an infant when she starred in her father’s film The Godfather' She made appearances in seven of her father’s films, including Peggy Sue Got Married and the third movie in The Godfather franchise[3]. Her roles in these films were plagued by negative reviews of her acting skills; she was named “Worst Supporting Actress” and “Worst New Star” at the Golden Raspberry Awards in 1990 for The Godfather III[4]. Francis Ford Coppola was accused of nepotism and was heavily criticized for casting his daughter in the famous trilogy; if not for him, Sofia would likely not have been cast in any films. Vice referred to her career as “a clear-cut case of nepotism gone wild, on steroids, and then additionally on crack."[5] Coppola’s name also helped her to get her start as a screenwriter, director, and producer, thus following in the footsteps of her father. She was much more successful in this endeavor than in acting, and has directed several critically acclaimed films such as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation[3]. As it usually is with sons and daughters of famous figures, Coppola does indeed show talent at her craft, but would not have been given the same opportunities had she not been related to a number of filmmakers and actors. Often viewed as a personification of Hollywood nepotism, Coppola has worked tirelessly to prove that she is deserving of the automatic leg-up that she’s been provided with.

Counter arguments

As an actor starring in her parents' films, Sofia Coppola did not show much promise. As a producer and director, however, she has shown immense talent, and it would be unfair to credit the success of her career entirely to nepotism. Her debut film, 'The Virgin Suicides' (1999), received critical acclaim[6]. Coppola won an Academy Award for Original Screenplay as well as three Golden Globes for her second feature, 'Lost in Translation' (2003)[7][8]; she was the second female director in history to win the former[8].

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  1. https://www.biography.com/filmmaker/sofia-coppola
  2. https://ew.com/article/2007/12/14/coppola-family-tree/
  3. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001068/
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Golden_Raspberry_Awards
  5. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nn4bew/the-brutality-report-the-career-of-sofia-coppola
  6. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0159097/
  7. https://www.goldenglobes.com/film/lost-translation
  8. https://screencraft.org/2019/12/30/screenwriting-wisdom-from-sofia-coppola/

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