Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood’s most influential film directors. One of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, he epitomized the group of filmmakers known as the New Hollywood who emerged in the early 1970s with unconventional ideas that challenged contemporary filmmaking. He won an Academy Award for co-writing the script for Patton in 1970. His directorial fame escalated with the release of The Godfather in 1972. It went on to win three Academy Awards. He followed it with The Godfather Part II, which became the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film fetched him three Academy Awards – for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. In the same year was released The Conversation, which he directed, produced and wrote. The film went on to win the Palme d’Or at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. His next directorial venture was Apocalypse Now in 1979, critically acclaimed for its vivid and stark depiction of the Vietnam War. It fetched him his second Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.
Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (born 7 April 1939) is a British journalist, comedian, writer and media personality, best known for his serious interviews with various political figures, the most notable being Richard Nixon. In the 1960s, Frost was chosen to host a pioneering satirical programme called That Was The Week That Was, alias TW3. This caught the wave of the satire boom in 1960s Britain and became a popular programme. Frost fronted a number of programmes including Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life and The Frost Report in 1966 and 1967, which launched the television careers of John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
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