Coming into the eye of Hollywood in 1972 with her role of Connie Corleone, Talia Shire was destined for greatness. Sister of Director Francis Ford Coppola, she shined in The Godfather as the sister of the Corleone brothers and the abused wife of her husband Carlo.
Then in 1976 she reappeared as the reserved and quiet Adrianna “Adrian” Pennino who fell for Rocky. Her intense passion for him is seen in the first moments they finally go on thier date and continues throughout the film to the final scene as Rocky cries out her name. She was nominated for an Oscar for that role as a supporting actress.
These were to become two of her greatest roles. She would play Connie in the next two Godfather movies, and her legacy lives on today in her children, Jason & Robert Schwartzman.