Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films (1983–2015). 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). D'Angelo's other film roles include Sheila Franklin in Hair (1979) and Doris Vinyard in American History X (1998).
Beverly Heather D'Angelo
November 15, 1951
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Don Lorenzo Salviati
(m. 1981; div. 1995)
|Partner||Al Pacino (1997–2003)|
|Relatives||Howard Dwight Smith (grandfather)|
Early life edit
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 at WBNS-TV in Columbus. Her father was of Italian descent. Her paternal grandparents, Eugenio and Rosina D'Angelo were from Introdacqua in the Abruzzo region of Italy. She has three brothers, Jeff, Tim and Tony. Their maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was an architect who designed the Ohio Stadium, nicknamed "the Horseshoe" at Ohio State University.
D'Angelo attended Upper Arlington High School in Upper Arlington, Ohio, a northwest Columbus suburb. In 2009, she was awarded the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) Distinguished Alumnus Award for achievement in her career.
D'Angelo worked as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera Studios and as a singer before pursuing an interest in acting. While living for a period in Canada, she was a backup singer for American-born rockabilly singer Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins' band The Hawks. After going out on their own they became The Band, a group that is considered legendary.
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. She made her television debut in the first three episodes of the TV mini-series Captains and the Kings in 1976.
After gaining a minor role in Annie Hall in 1977, D'Angelo appeared in a string of hit films in the late 1970s including Every Which Way But Loose, Hair, and Coal Miner's Daughter, the last earning her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Patsy Cline. She won a Country Music Association award for Album of the Year.
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; in the mid-1990s she acted primarily in independent films. In 1994 D'Angelo returned to the stage and won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Simpatico.
She received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Stella Kowalski in the 1984 TV film version of A Streetcar Named Desire. 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. In the 2000s D'Angelo had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as defense attorney Rebecca Balthus. She also worked as a voice actress. In 1992 she had a guest appearance in the third season of The Simpsons as Lurleen Lumpkin, a Southern country singer and waitress in the "Colonel Homer" episode. Sixteen years later in 2008, she appeared in the nineteenth season as the same character in the episode "Papa Don't Leech".
From 2005 to 2011, D'Angelo appeared in the HBO series Entourage playing the role of agent Barbara "Babs" Miller. 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.
In 2014, D'Angelo was cast alongside Chevy Chase in an ABC comedy pilot called Chev & Bev, about a retired couple having to raise their grandchildren. ABC opted against making a series. D'Angelo appeared alongside Chevy Chase in the comedy Vacation, a continuation of the original film, which was released on July 29, 2015.
Personal life edit
D'Angelo was romantically involved with Milos Forman, who directed her in Hair (1979). In 1981, she married Italian Don Lorenzo Salviati, who is 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.
Later, she began a relationship with Anton Furst, an Academy Award-winning production designer, who died by suicide in 1991. She was in a relationship with actor Al Pacino from 1997 until 2003. The couple has twins conceived through IVF, a son and daughter born January 25, 2001.
|1977||Annie Hall||Actress in Rob's T.V. Show|
|1978||Every Which Way But Loose||Echo|
|1980||Coal Miner's Daughter||Patsy Cline||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture|
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway||Carmen Odessa Shelby|
|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||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|
|1992||Man Trouble||Andy Ellerman|
|1994||Lightning Jack||Lana Castel|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Dolly Green|
|1996||Edie & Pen||Barlady|
|1997||Vegas Vacation||Ellen Griswold||Nominated — Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress|
|1997||Die Story von Monty Spinnerratz||Mrs. Dollart|
|1997||Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills||Pixie Chandler|
|1997||The Good Life||Never released|
|1998||Merchants of Venus||Mistress Cody|
|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||Jazz Night||Kate Winslow||Short film|
|2000||High Fidelity||Woman selling records||Deleted scene|
|2001||Women in Film||Phyllis Wolf|
|2001||Happy Birthday||Bag Lady||Cameo|
|2001||Summer Catch||Lusty House Mother||Uncredited|
|2003||Where's Angelo?||Auntie Nanny||Short film|
|2004||King of the Corner||Betsy Ingraham|
|2006||Relative Strangers||Angela Minnola|
|2007||Game of Life||Kathy|
|2007||Battle for Terra||Interrogator Wright||Voice|
|2008||Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay||Sally|
|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||All American Christmas Carol||Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come|
|2015||Accidental Love||Helen Eckle|
|2015||Under the Bed||Sandra Monroe|
|2022||Violent Night||Gertrude Lightstone|
|2022||The Good House||Mamie Lang|
Television films edit
|1984||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stella DuBois Kowalski||Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie|
|1986||Slow Burn||Laine Fleischer|
|1987||Hands of a Stranger||Mary Hearn|
|1987||The Man Who Fell to Earth||Eva Milton|
|1992||Trial: The Price of Passion||Johnnie Faye Boudreau|
|1992||A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story||Jerry Sherwood|
|1993||Judgment Day: The John List Story||Helen List|
|1994||Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence||Annie Hayes|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Kitty Menéndez|
|1996||Widow's Kiss||Vivian Fairchild|
|1996||Sweet Temptation||Jesse Larson|
|2013||The Good Mother||Judge Kennedy|
|2014||The Michaels||Millie Barnworth|
Television series edit
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Miss Emmy||3 episodes|
|1983||Faerie Tale Theatre||Henbane||Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"|
|1985||Tall Tales & Legends||Katrina Van Tassel||Episode: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"|
|1992||Tales from the Crypt||Janice Baird||Episode: "Werewolf Concerto"|
|1992, 2008||The Simpsons||Lurleen Lumpkin||Voice, 2 episodes|
|1999||Frasier||Audrey||Voice, episode: "The Show Where Woody Shows Up"|
|1999||Rude Awakening||Sidney 'Syd' Gibson||4 episodes|
|2000||Talk to Me||Dr. Debra||3 episodes|
|2003–08||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rebecca Balthus||5 episodes|
|2005–11||Entourage||Barbara Miller||25 episodes|
|2007||Imperfect Union||Maizy||Unsold TV pilot|
|2007||Family Guy||Ellen Griswold||Voice, episode: "Blue Harvest"|
|2008||Skip Tracer||Donna King||Unsold TV pilot|
|2010||Cougar Town||Sheila Keller||Episode: "What Are You Doin' in My Life?"|
|2014||Friends with Better Lives||Gretchen||Episode: "Something New"|
|2015||Chev & Bev||Beverly||Unsold TV pilot|
|2017–18||Shooter||Patricia Gregson||6 episodes|
|2018–19||Insatiable||Stella Rose Buckley||5 episodes|
|2019||The Filth||Millionairess||Episode: "Filthy Day Jobs"|
|2022||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Serafina Carisi||Episode: "Promising Young Gentlemen"|
|2023||True Lies||Director Susan Trilby||2 episodes|
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Q: Your grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, designed Ohio Stadium. Do you feel a connection to the building or attend games? A: Sure, I feel a connection. It's our family. He was a very present person in our family, even beyond his passing.
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