Martin Scorsese Says the 'Extraordinary' Birth of His Daughter at 56 Gave Him a 'Different Perspective on Life'

The filmmaker is dad to daughters Cathy, 58, Domenica, 47, and Francesca, 24

<p>Kevin Mazur/Getty</p> Martin Scorsese and daughter Francesca

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Martin Scorsese and daughter Francesca

Martin Scorsese is reflecting on his relationship with his youngest daughter Francesca.

The filmmaker, 81, appeared on an episode of SiriusXM's This Life of Mine with James Corden, and talked with the actor, 45, about welcoming his daughter Francesca, now 24, when he was 56. Scorsese shares his youngest daughter with his wife Helen Morris.

He is also dad to daughter Cathy, 58, whom he shares with his first wife Laraine Marie Brennan, and Domenica, 47, whom he shares with ex-wife Julia Cameron.

Scorsese says that after he met his now-wife Morris, they were "gifted with this pregnancy."

"It was extraordinary and by that point, I was 56 and it was a different perspective on life."

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"It suddenly became the most important thing, her and this little one that was coming. We didn't know whether it was a girl or boy and then in the middle of the night, five weeks early, she came and I saw a lot of panicking and moving around."

The dad of three says when Francesca was born, he wasn't sure she was going to make it. Thankfully, a nurse reassured him and he was able to hold his little girl.

"Then they handed me this little package and she opened her eyes and saw me I guess, or maybe. We don't know what kids could, what the newborn could really see. Suddenly everything that led up to that, I mean, yes. My other daughters, we were younger, we were stronger, you know? This was like some special blessing of some kind. It suddenly changed all the values, what I thought was important in life."

Scorsese was then asked by Corden if he's lived up to the joy of having a daughter later in life.

"Have I lived up to it? I don't know. Have I tried? I've tried to her and to her mom, you know, as best I could, as best I could, and I tried when I was younger, but we were still full of fire and fury and making films and we're gonna go out there and change the world and that sort of thing, and then as you settled in, suddenly it was time, but then the interesting life to have a child of 56."

"I'm 80 now, so you only have a certain amount of time left," he continues. "That time has got to mean something."

"Try my best to be there and to guide and show as much love as possible, but you know, I still make movies, you know, so the best thing you can do is sort of include them in like I did with my mother for example and my father. I put them in my films. You know, they had retired and so I said, 'Come and work with us.'"

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