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|“||Michael, now they'll fear you.||„|
|~ Connie advising her brother Michael|
Constanzia "Connie" Corleone is a fictional character from The Godfather novel and films. The daughter of Vito and Carmela Corleone, she was the younger sister of Sonny, Fredo, and Michael, and the adoptive sister of Tom Hagen.
She was portrayed by Talia Shire in the films.
In 1941, Connie was introduced to a young man named Carlo Rizzi - a friend of her brother Sonny who had recently moved back to New York from Nevada - during a surprise party for her father. She and Rizzi hit it off, but her father objected due to Rizzi being a half northern Italian. The pair eventually received her father's blessing on the condition that they have a traditional Sicilian wedding. She and Rizzi married in 1945.
The good times were not to last, however - shortly after the wedding Rizzi began abusing Connie, exerting his power over the Corleone Family by beating Vito's daughter. Connie tried to appeal to her father for help, but he reluctantly turned her down in order to abide by Italian tradition that forbids fathers from interfering in their children's marriages. Her brothers hated Rizzi, especially Sonny, who at one point beat Rizzi to a pulp in public.
Sonny's hatred of Rizzi soon proved to be his undoing. At the prompting of Vito's enemies Rizzi beat Connie severely. Finding out what had happened Sonny took off in a rage to confront Rizzi, but he was accosted at a toll both and killed by Tommy-gun wielding assailants.
After Vito's death, Michael confronted Rizzi over his role in what had happened to Sonny. Rizzi admitted the truth after Michael led him to believe that his life would be spared. However after Michael had extracted the confession, Rizzi was soon killed by Peter Clemenza.
Connie hated Michael for his role in Rizzi's death, thinking it had not been his place to end her husband's life without her consent. She hated Michael for several years afterward, having a series of affairs to spite and embarrass him. Following the death of their mother, Connie forgave Michael, stating that Michael was only being strong for the family as their father had been. She then begged Michael to forgive Fredo for betraying him, and Michael appeared to do so; however, it was merely a ploy to draw Fredo in so Michael could have him killed. She apparently never learned the truth about Fredo, believing that he drowned accidentally on Lake Tahoe.
Connie became more and more involved in the family business, becoming Michael's consigliere in all but name. She helped Michael with raising his children and remained a part of their lives even after Michael gave up custody of them to their mother Kay.
By the late 1970s Connie saw potential in Sonny's illegitimate son Vincent Mancini. She convinced Michael to take the hotheaded young man under his wing and groom him as the new Don. When Michael was incapacitated by a diabetic stroke following the trauma of an assassination attempt, Vincent and Al Neri approached Connie in the hospital chapel for permission to take out Joey Zasa, who had masterminded the attack. Connie gave Vincent and Neri the go ahead. Vincent and Neri confronted Zasa in a street festival, with Vincent shooting him dead. After learning what happened, Michael ordered Connie and Vincent never to do anything like that again as long as he lived.
Connie accompanied her brother and his family to Sicily in order to see her nephew Anthony perform at the Teatro Massimo. Connie was entrusted with giving her Godfather Don Altobello poisoned cannoli and watched sadly as Altobello died in his own box at the opera.
A short time later the assassin Mosca made his move against Michael. He was unsuccessful in killing Michael, but accidentally killed Michael's daughter Mary. Connie watched in horror and grief as her beloved niece died on the steps of the Teatro Massimo.