For example the Coppolas have a very high success rate per family member. Frances’s father, Carmine, was the principal flutist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra when it was conducted by the legendary Arturo Toscanini in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Carmine would go on to write music for 16 films including his son’s Oscar-winning masterpiece The Godfather: Part II, which would win him an Oscar for the score. Francis’s daughter Sofia, whose biggest acting role was her father’s third installment of her father’s Godfather trilogy, followed in her father’s footsteps of filmmaking and won a screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation (2003).
The family has had success in nearly every branch of the tree with Francis’s sister, Talia, becoming a great actor and Talia’s son Jason Schwartzman following along the same path. One family member who wanted to make it big but not rely on the family name was nephew Nicholas Kim Coppola who changed his name early in his career to Nicolas Cage (borrowing from comic book character “Luke Cage”).
Diana Ross’s children Tracy and Evan have followed in their mother’s steps by acting in various projects.Rhonda, Diana’s eldest,and the only child she had with Motown founder Berry Gordy. After graduating from Brown University, Rhonda found success as an actress, best known for her soap opera role as Toni Burrell on Another World, for which she was nominated for an Emmy® in 1998. She also performed her “Song-Telling” concerts—a blend of poetry and music—all around the world.As an actress, Tracee is best known for her role as lawyer Joan Carol Clayton in the hit sitcom Girlfriends. She earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations for the role and won twice—in 2007 and 2009—for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Tracee has also appeared in several films, including Tyler Perry‘s Daddy’s Little Girls, HBO’s Life Support with Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton‘s Hanging Up and Labor Pains with Lindsay Lohan. Chudney is Diana’s youngest daughter and has grown up in front of the cameras. In addition to appearing on multiple TV outlets such as Inside Edition and in ad campaigns for products such as Keds, Chudney has also dabbled in modeling. Recently, Chudney completed a new children’s book series called Bean’s Books. Ross is the oldest son of Diana Ross and Norwegian shipping tycoon and adventurist Arne Naess. Evan began his career in 2006 with a role in the movie ATL starring rappers T.I. and Big Boi. The following year, Evan had two projects that premiered within weeks of one another: HBO’s Life Support opposite his sister Tracee and Queen Latifah, and Pride, also starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac. Since then, Evan has graced the sets of many feature films, including 96 Minutes with Brittany Snow, Jeff Who Lives at Home with Jason Segal, Linewatch with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and more.
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