Father/Daughter Screen 'Duets'

Published September 6th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

In the upcoming karaoke comedy Duets, superstar Gwyneth Paltrow is directed by her dad, Bruce, who's mainly worked behind the scenes in TV.  

They're not the first father-daughter movie duo, but usually the filmmaker is better known and he's doing his kid a big favor. Here are some other famous collaborations:  

Strangers On a Train (1951)  

Director dad: Alfred Hitchock  

Daughter: Patricia Hitchcock. The master of the macabre put his 22-year-old only child in the path of a psychotic mama's boy (Robert Walker) who wants to arrange a double murder with a tennis star (Farley Granger).  

Her character: Barbara Morton, who nearly meets a grisly end because she resembles the tennis player's wife.  


 

Prizzi's Honor (1985)  

Director dad: John Huston  

Daughter: Anjelica Huston. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for this murderously funny fable about Mafia life and the toll it takes on two married mob assassins (Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner).  

Her character: Maerose Prizzi, who schemes her way into the heart of Nicholson's muddle-headed Charley Partanna.  

Like father, like daughter? Dead on - that sly take on greed and desire comes from papa John (who also directed his own father's Oscar-winning performance in Treasure of the Sierra Madre). He went on to direct her in The Dead, his final film.  


 

The Godfather Part III (1990)  

Director dad: Francis Ford Coppola  

Daughter: Sofia Coppola. This belated entry in the Corleone family saga had more drama off screen than on. Sofia, 18, ill-advisedly took the role Winona Ryder dropped out of, generating more bad buzz than a severed horse head.  

Her character: Mary Corleone, ill-fated daughter of Michael (Al Pacino) and pouty lover of her cousin Vincent (Andy Garcia).  

Previous roles: As an infant, she played the baby baptized at the climax of 1972's The Godfather.  


 

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1995)  

Director dad: Clint Eastwood  

Daughter: Alison Eastwood. Manufacturing a romance for the film of John Berendt's anecdotal best seller, Dirty Harry cast his girl as the love interest for a writer (John Cusack) reporting on the murder trial of a gay Savannah art dealer with a Cheshire cat grin (Kevin Spacey).  

Her character: Mandy Nichols, a dewy blond flower shop worker/singer.  

Next roles: Small parts in several forgettable films-ABC online. 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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