Two of cinemas most resilient women on screen both belong to Talia Shire (1946-). Connie, Vito Corleone’s only daughter; his favourite child in “The Godfather.” And “Rocky” Balboa’s Adrian the shy but strong and supportive love of his life. Women with flaws, but very passionate and determined. They are not unlike Shire born in NY, daughter of musician and composer Carmine whose father had worked in the Italian film industry. Innately shy, performing was a way to help her overcome that. A scholarship at Yale proved unsatisfying so instead it was Stella Adler and then Roger Corman where she learnt her craft. A couple of small roles for Corman were followed by a knockout audition for Connie using her stage name - and without her brother Francis’ intervention - she was cast. Facing tragedy in “The Godfather”, following in her father’s footsteps more so with each film and Oscar nominated for “The Godfather Part II”, then showing audiences again the important part she played in this story in “The Godfather Part III.” If Connie revealed her talent, as Adrian part-timer at the J&M Tropical Fish pet store, she was the girl Stallone fought for after her audition. It made her a name. “Rocky” remains like “The Godfather” one of films true classics. Part of the television phenomena “Rich Man, Poor Man” and a couple of good TV movies, her big screen follow-ups “Old Boyfriends” was hardly released, “Prophecy” paled next to “Alien”, “Windows” barely saw the light of day and the BMX themed “Rad” made little impression at the time but developed a cult following. “Rocky II-IV” all blockbusters from 79-85 kept her profile high with only “Rocky V” disappointing. She said “I have a feeling when I'm 80 years old I'm going to get a phone call: There's going to be another Rocky.” Back as Connie in “The Godfather III” was another chance for big audiences to see her in action. Working almost non stop in the decades since, apart from a small role in “I Heart Huckabees” with son Jason Swartzman, few were widely seen. Accomplished behind the camera also, it was often her focus on family that prevented her from always capitalising on her success. But then, that’s just like Connie or Adrian.