Francis Ford Coppola is the son of a music composer and actress. He grew up in Queens, New York. He studied drama at Hofstra University and filmmaking at UCLA. After graduating, he trained with the filmmaker Roger Corman. In the sixties, he began writing screenplays like Is Paris Burning? and directing movies such as Finian's Rainbow. In 1972 he earned critical accolades for The Godfather. He has since written, directed and produced movies including Apocalypse Now and Youth Without Youth.