Where did Adrian come from? How much of the character was spelled out in the script versus what came out while you were acting with Sylvester Stallone who also wrote the screenplay and working with director John G. I cannot tell you how the gods put together that moment in time. Rocky was brilliant on the page. We had a great director, and we were blessed by not having any money, because it gave us permission to be creative.
Talia Shire Responds to Adrian's Absence in "Rocky Balboa"
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His work caused the family to travel around the country year-round. Talia attended Catholic schools and exhibited typical Adrian Balboa tendencies even then. I definitely was not the cheerleader type! She then moved to Hollywood. That same year, her brother Francis Coppola took home an Oscar for his direction in the second Godfather installment, and their father Carmine Coppola won a much deserved statuette for Original Dramatic Score for the same film. Then, she went to audition for producers Winkler and Chartoff , and director John Avildsen.