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Monday, December 13, 2010

Godmother Of Real Estate

All in the family!
The real estate broker who’s selling “The Godfather” house on Staten Island is the daughter-in-law of the real-life Godfather who was an inspiration for Don Corleone’s character, The Post has learned.

Connie Profaci is married to the son of “olive-oil king” Joe Profaci, the founder of one of New York’s five crime families, according to a book and family members.
Marlon Brando’s character was a synthesis of Joe Profaci — founder of the crime clan later known as the Colombos, and described as “the nation’s No. 1 racketeer” when he died in 1962 — and mob boss Vito Genovese, the movie’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, has said.
Like the Corleones, the Profacis are olive- oil importers. Connie’s husband, John Profaci, is the founder of Colavita USA.
“Friends say he is eager to go down in history as something other than the son of a major mobster,” according to “Olives: The Life and Lore of a Noble Fruit,” by former Associated Press reporter Mort Rosenblum.
John Profaci Jr., the son of Connie and John, says the apples fell very far from the crime-family tree.
“We’ve gone so far, our family has, since those days,” he told The Post. “We all went to good colleges and got good educations. We are businessmen . . . That’s so far removed from our past.”
Law-enforcement sources confirmed that John Jr. and Sr. have no known mob ties. But they could not say the same about Salvatore Profaci, John Sr.’s brother. He was once caught by the feds giving advice to a mobster embroiled in a lawsuit.
The “Godfather” estate, at 110 Longfellow Ave. in Emerson Hill, isn’t the first house of mob lore that Connie Profaci has marketed. She also brokered the 2000 sale of the Staten Island mansion once owned by Gambino crime boss Paul Castellano, who was rubbed out by John Gotti.



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