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Joy Vogelsang, Mother of Nicolas Cage, Dies at 85

by Keeli Parkey
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Nicolas Cage, one of the most popular movie stars of the last four decades, recently suffered a very personal loss. His mother, Joy Vogelsang, has passed away.

According to PopCulture.com, Vogelsang was 85 years old at the time of her death on May 26, 2021. News of her passing was shared via Facebook by another one of her sons – Christopher Coppola.

Christopher shared that his mother passed away at 10:33 p.m. on that day. He described his mother’s life as one that was a “very hard life with mental health issues.” Despite her personal problems, Christopher still found his mother to be an important source of wisdom. He wrote that she “still managed to teach me something super important.”

“I learned from my mama what ‘affection’ really means,” Christopher also posted. “I believe only a mama can truly teach that. It’s not love thy neighbor. It’s smaller yet bigger. Shake one’s hand with tenderness and meaning. Don’t let your mind wonder while you hug someone. And, and your kiss should definitely be sincere and in the moment…if it is not, well, that adds to hell on earth.”

Cage Talked About His Mother in 1996 Interview

Christoper Cage wasn’t the only son of Joy Vogelsang who shared thoughts about his mother publicly. Nicolas Cage also talked about her. The famous movie star did so with “Playboy” in 1996. According to what he told the magazine at the time, growing up with his mother was often challenging.

“She was plagued with mental illness for most of my childhood. … was institutionalized for years and went through shock treatments. She would go into these states that lasted for years. … went through these episodes of poetry – I don’t know what else to call it,” Cage said.

The famous actor also went into detail about what it was like to live with his mother.

“She would say the most amazing things, beautiful but scary. I’m sure they had an impact on me. If I look at home movies of when I was 2 years old, I see that she was a very caring mother – the way she touched me. …” Cage said.

He also said that his mother did recover from her struggles.

“She’s fine now, but much time was lost,” he shared.

Nicolas Cage Has Two Brothers and is the Nephew of a Famous Film Director

In addition to being the mother of a movie star and a film director, Joy Vogelsang was a dancer. Nicolas Cage’s father, August Coppola, passed away in October 2009.

Nicolas Cage’s parents, Joy and August, were wed in 1960. The marriage ended in divorce in 1976. In addition to Nicolas and Christopher, they had another son named Marc. He works as a radio DJ.

August was the brother of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola. This legendary Hollywood icon was the man who brought movie fans “The Godfather” trilogy, “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Outsiders.” He also directed the 1986 film “Peggy Sue Got Married.” It starred Kathleen Turner in the title role, as well as his nephew, Nicolas Cage.