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Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, into a creative Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress.
Fun Fact: Francis received his middle name in honor of Henry Ford, not only because he was born in the Henry Ford Hospital but also because of his father's association with the automobile manufacturer. At the time of Francis’ birth, Carmine was a flutist as well as arranger and assistant orchestra director for The Ford Sunday Evening Hour, an hour-long concert music radio series sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Carmine was also first flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
According to the 1940 Federal Census, the future director lived at 17540 Kentucky Street in Detroit. The family left Detroit for New York in 1942 when Carmine was named principal flutist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
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