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Notes on a Life

In conversation with Deborah N. Landis, costume designer & author
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Episode Summary
Coppola-award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, wife and mother-employs the same insight and wit as she used in her Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now to this account of the next chapters in her life.

Participant(s) Bio
Eleanor Coppola, after graduating in Applied Design from UCLA, met her future husband, Francis Ford Coppola, while filming 'Dementia 13' in 1962 for which she was an assistant art director. They married in Las Vegas in 1963; their three children, Sofia, Roman and Gian-Carlo have followed them into the film industry. While her husband was working on 'Apocalypse Now,' Eleanor kept extensive notes, which were published in 1979 as Notes on the Making of Apocalypse Now, as well as filming behind the scenes which ended up as 'Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse,' for which she was awarded an Emmy for "Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming -Directing". Among other things, Eleanor Coppola manages the family winery in California, and designs for a dance company in San Francisco.