Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo

D'Angelo in February 2012
Born Beverly Heather D'Angelo
(1951-11-15) November 15, 1951
Upper Arlington, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1976present
Spouse(s) Don Lorenzo Salviati (1981–1995; divorced)
Partner(s) Al Pacino (1996-2003)
Children 2

Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films (1983–2015).[1] She has appeared in over 60 films and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), and for an Emmy Award for her role as Stella Kowalski in the TV film A Streetcar Named Desire (1984). Her other film roles include Sheila Franklin in Hair (1979) and Doris Vinyard in American History X (1998).

Early life

D'Angelo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Priscilla Ruth (née Smith), a violinist, and Eugene Constantino "Gene" D'Angelo, a bass player and television station manager.[2][3][4] Her father was of Italian descent.[5]

Her maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was the architect who designed Ohio Stadium, also known as "the Horseshoe" at Ohio State University. She worked as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera Studios and as a singer before pursuing an interest in acting. Spending some time living in Canada, she was a backup singer for American-born rockabilly singer Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks, who after going out on their own became legendary group The Band. [6][7] She has three brothers, Jeff, Tim and Tony.


D'Angelo began acting in the theatre, appearing on Broadway in 1976 in Rockabye Hamlet (also known as Kronborg: 1582), a musical based on Shakespeare's Hamlet.[2] She made her television debut in the first three episodes of the TV mini-series Captains and the Kings in 1976, and later began her film career.[8]

After gaining a minor role in Annie Hall in 1977, D'Angelo appeared in a string of hit movies in the late 1970s including Every Which Way But Loose, Hair, and Coal Miner's Daughter, the latter earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Patsy Cline and a Country Music Association award for Album of the Year.[9]

Her biggest break came in 1983 starring with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation in the role of Ellen Griswold. She reprised this role in four Vacation sequels and a short film between 1985 and 2015. In the 1980s she starred in many other major comedy films, and as of the mid-90's acted primarily in independent movies. In 1994 D'Angelo returned to the stage and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Simpatico.[10]

She received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the 1984 TV movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire.[11] She later had main roles in a number of made for television dramatic films including Slow Burn, Judgment Day: The John List Story, and Sweet Temptation.[12] In the 2000s D'Angelo had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as defense attorney Rebecca Balthus.[2] She worked as a voice actress. In 1992 she had a guest appearance in the third season of The Simpsons as Lurleen Lumpkin, a beautiful Southern country singer and waitress in the "Colonel Homer" episode, and sixteen years later in 2008, she appeared in the nineteenth season as the same character in the episode "Papa Don't Leech".[8]

From 2005-11 she appeared in the HBO series Entourage playing the role of agent Barbara "Babs" Miller.[1] In 2006 she starred in the independent film Gamers: The Movie. In 2008 D'Angelo had a role in the film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay as Sally. She played the housemother in the film The House Bunny, and also appeared in the Tony Kaye film Black Water Transit.[8]

In 2014, D'Angelo was cast alongside Chevy Chase in the untitled ABC comedy pilot about married couple in their golden years. The show set for the 2015-16 television season.[13] She appeared alongside Chevy Chase in the comedy Vacation, a continuation of the original film, which was released on July 29, 2015.[14]

Personal life

In 1981, D'Angelo married Italian Don Lorenzo Salviati, the only son and heir of Don Forese Salviati, 5th Duke Salviati, Marchese di Montieri and Boccheggiano, Nobile Romano Coscritto, and his wife, the former Maria Grazia Gawronska.[15][16]

Later, she began a relationship with Anton Furst, an Academy Award-winning production designer, who committed suicide in 1991. She was in a relationship with actor Al Pacino from 1996 until 2003. The couple have boy-girl twins.[17][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Annie Hall Actress in Rob's T.V. Show
1977 The Sentinel Sandra
1977 First Love Shelley
1978 Every Which Way But Loose Echo
1979 Hair Sheila Franklin
1980 Coal Miner's Daughter Patsy Cline Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Carmen Odessa Shelby
1981 Paternity Maggie
1982 Highpoint Lise
1983 National Lampoon's Vacation Ellen Griswold
1984 Finders Keepers Standish Logan
1985 Get Out of My Room Harriet
1985 National Lampoon's European Vacation Ellen Griswold
1986 Big Trouble Blanche Rickey
1987 In the Mood Francine Glatt
1987 Aria Gilda Segment "Rigoletto"
1987 Maid to Order Stella Winston
1988 Trading Hearts Donna Nottingham
1988 High Spirits Sharon Brogan Crawford
1989 Cold Front Amanda O'Rourke
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Ellen Griswold
1990 Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? Evalita Turnover
1990 Pacific Heights Ann Miller Uncredited
1991 The Miracle Renee Baker
1991 The Pope Must Die Veronica Dante
1991 Lonely Hearts Alma
1992 Man Trouble Andy Ellerman
1994 Lightning Jack Lana Castel
1995 The Crazysitter Edie
1996 Eye for an Eye Dolly Green
1996 Edie & Pen Barlady
1996 Love Always Miranda
1997 Vegas Vacation Ellen Griswold Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress
1997 Die Story von Monty Spinnerratz Mrs. Dollart
1997 Nowhere Dark's Mom
1997 Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Pixie Chandler
1997 The Good Life Not released film
1998 Merchants of Venus Mistress Cody
1998 Illuminata Astergourd
1998 With Friends Like These... Theresa Carpenter
1998 American History X Doris Vinyard Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1998 Divorce: A Contemporary Western Linda
1999 Sugar Town Jane
1999 Jazz Night Kate Winslow Short film
2001 Women in Film Phyllis Wolf
2001 Happy Birthday Bag Lady Cameo
2001 Summer Catch Lusty House Mother Cameo
2003 Where's Angelo? Auntie Nanny Short film
2004 Hair High Darlene Voice
2004 King of the Corner Betsy Ingraham
2006 Gamers Gordon's Mom
2006 Relative Strangers Angela Minnola
2007 Game of Life Kathy
2007 Terra Interrogator Wright Voice
2008 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Sally
2008 Partigiano Mother's voice Voice
2008 The House Bunny Mrs. Hagstrom
2009 Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure Aunt Zelda
2009 Black Water Transit Valeriana Schick
2010 Hotel Hell Vacation Ellen Griswold Short film
2010 April 86 Rose D'Andrea Short film
2012 I Heart Shakey Sheila
2013 Bounty Killer Lucille
2013 All American Christmas Carol Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
2014 Popcorn Ceiling Jerri
2015 Accidental Love Helen Eckle
2015 Under the Bed Sandra Monroe
2015 Vacation Ellen Griswold
2016 Dreamland


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Captains and the Kings Miss Emmy Miniseries
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Henbane Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"
1984 A Streetcar Named Desire Stella DuBois Kowalski Television film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1985 Tall Tales & Legends Katrina Van Tassel Episode: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
1986 Slow Burn Laine Fleischer Television film
1987 Hands of a Stranger Mary Hearn Television film
1987 The Man Who Fell to Earth Eva Milton Television film
1988 Doubletake Caroline Wallace Television film
1992 Trial: The Price of Passion Johnnie Faye Boudreau Television film
1992 Tales from the Crypt Janice Baird Episode: "Werewolf Concerto"
1992 A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story Jerry Sherwood Television film
1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story Helen List Television film
1994 Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Annie Hayes Television film
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Kitty Menendez Television film
1996 Widow's Kiss Vivian Fairchild Television film
1996 Sweet Temptation Jesse Larson Television film
1999 Frasier Audrey (voice) Episode: "The Show Where Woody Shows Up"
1999 Lansky Teddy Lansky Television film
1999 Rude Awakening Sidney 'Syd' Gibson 4 episodes
2000 Talk to Me Dr. Debra 3 episodes
2007 Imperfect Union Maizy TV pilot
2007 Family Guy Ellen Griswold Episode: "Blue Harvest"
2008 Skip Tracer Donna King TV pilot
1992, 2008 The Simpsons Lurleen Lumpkin Episodes: "Colonel Homer" and "Papa Don't Leech"
2003–2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rebecca Balthus 5 episodes
2010 Cougar Town Sheila Keller Episode: "What Are You Doin' in My Life?"
2005–2011 Entourage Barbara Miller 25 episodes
2013 The Good Mother Judge Kennedy Television film
2014 The Michaels Millie Barnworth Television film
2014 Friends with Better Lives Gretchen Episode: "Something New"
2015 Mom Lorraine 3 episodes
2015 Chev & Bev Beverly TV pilot


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