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TALIA (TELL-ee-uh)

Talia Shire: American actress
Common clues: Actress Shire; Shire of “Rocky”; Shire of “The Godfather”; Adrian portrayer; Sly's “Rocky” co-star; Shire in the movies

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Talia Rose Shire (née Coppola; born April 25, 1946) is an American actress most known for her roles as Connie Corleone in The Godfather films and Adrian Balboa in the Rocky series. For her work in The Godfather Part II and Rocky, Shire has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively.

Shire in 1976

Shire was born Talia Rose Coppola in Lake Success, New York, the daughter of Italia (née Pennino; 1912-2004) and arranger/composer Carmine Coppola (1910-1991). Her parents were both of Italian descent. Talia is the sister of director and producer Francis Ford Coppola and academic August Coppola, the aunt of actor Nicolas Cage and director Sofia Coppola, and the niece of composer and conductor Anton Coppola. She has five children. Her son Matthew Orlando Shire is the child of her first marriage to composer David Shire. Her other sons, actors/musicians Jason and Robert, are from her second marriage, to the late film producer Jack Schwartzman. She also has two stepchildren by her second marriage, Schwartzman's first marriage.

Shire portrayed Connie Corleone in The Godfather and its sequels. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1974's The Godfather: Part II. In 1976, she portrayed Adrian Pennino, the love interest of Rocky Balboa in Rocky. For this role, she won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. In addition to the Rocky sequels, Shire appeared in such films as I ♥ Huckabees, Kiss the Bride and 2007's Homo Erectus.

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