Francis Ford Coppola to Receive 2,715th Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

"The Godfather" 50th Anniversary Celebration

Photo: Getty Images

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary director of ``The Godfather'' trilogy, ``Apocalypse Now'' and numerous other film classics, will be honored today with the 2,715th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, announced the honor for the six-time Oscar winner last year -- and the ceremony will take place 11:30 a.m. Monday at 6667 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the Musso & Frank Grill.

The 82-year-old Coppola will be joined at the ceremony by Talia Shire - - his sister, who played Connie Corleone in the ``Godfather'' films -- and actress Elle Fanning, who Coppola directed in the 2011 horror film ``Twixt.'' Ellen K, the nationally syndicated radio host of ``The Ellen K Morning Show,'' will act as emcee.

The event will be live-streamed on The ceremony comes one day before the three films in ``The Godfather'' trilogy will be made available on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.

``Francis Ford Coppola is cinematic gold,'' said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

``His legendary career has been a huge part of Hollywood's film history for decades. We are very proud to welcome him to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and we are thrilled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Hollywood's most famous films, `The Godfather.'''

Remarkably, Coppola was nominated for the honor for the first time last year -- and was, unsurprisingly, a unanimous choice by the Walk of Fame's six-member committee, Martinez said.

Paramount, which produced ``The Godfather'' films, submitted the nomination, and Coppola was ``a shoo-in,'' Martinez said.

Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University in New York, and did graduate work at the UCLA Film School.

Besides ``The Godfather'' movies and ``Apocalypse Now,'' Coppola has been a director, writer or producer of such classics as ``Patton,'' ``American Graffiti,'' ``The Conversation,'' ``The Outsiders'' and ``Bram Stoker's Dracula.''

He is currently in pre-production ``Megalopolis,'' a Roman epic set in modern times that begins production in the fall.

Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content