Question: Is The Godfather based on a true story? If so, can I find additional information about the facts of the story? ? Maribel
Flickchick: Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather was based on the 1969 novel The Godfather, by Mario Puzo. Puzo, who was born in Manhattan in 1920, was almost 50 when the book was published, and had already had a long career in pulp magazine publishing behind him and had written two critically acclaimed but unsuccessful novels. Although no characters were modeled exactly on real people, Puzo is said to have partially based Don Vito Corleone on notorious mobster Frank Costello, as well as on Costello associate Willie Moretti. The character of singer and actor Johnny Fontaine was widely believed to have been based on Frank Sinatra. You should have no trouble finding information about any of them.