Beverly D’Angelo is a legendary American actress and singer, who has been active in the showbiz industry for over four and a half decades now. She is perhaps best known for playing Ellen Griswold in the hit “National Lampoon’s Vacation” film series.

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Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Beverly Heather D’Angelo is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and was born under the Scorpio zodiac sign on 15 November 1951, which makes her 71-years-old as of 2022. Her dad, Eugine ‘Gene’ Constantino D’Angelo worked as the Columbus-based WBNS-TV station manager and was also a skilled bass player, while her mom, Priscilla Ruth, was a violinist. She is of English, Scottish, Irish and German roots, and was brought up alongside her three brothers, Tony, Tim, and Jeff D’Angelo. D’Angelo follows the Christianity religion. Her parents’ involvement in music sparked her interested in singing at an early age.

Beverly went to Upper Arlington High in Ohio, and in 2009, she scooped the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (best known as UAAA) Award for her career accomplishments. Previously, Beverly worked as a singer and an illustrator at the now-defunct animation studio, Hanna-Barbera Studios. During her stay in Canada, she was a backup singer for The Hawks Band, which was later renamed “The Band” – the legendary group was created by the American rockabilly musician, Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins

Career

Career Beginnings and TV Appearances

Beverly began her career in 1976 with her appearance in the Broadway musical “Rockabye Hamlet.” She made her TV debut in the same year, when she appeared in three episodes of the NBC mini-series “Captains and the Kings,” and later appeared in an episode or two of several series, including “Tall Tales & Legends” in 1985, “Tales from the Crypt” in 1992, and “Frasier” and “Rude Awakening” both in 1999, among others.

2000 saw her appear in three episodes of Suzanne Martin’s sitcom “Talk to Me” and then in five episodes of the acclaimed crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” between 2003 and 2008. In 2005 she landed the recurring role of Barbara Miller in 25 episodes of the HBO comedy-drama “Entourage”; the Primetime Emmy award-winning series starred Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Connoly.

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D’Angelo lent her voice to Ellen Griswold in an episode of “Family Guy” in 2007, which was followed by her role as Sheila in an episode of the sitcom “Cougar Town” in 2010. 2015 saw her appear in three episodes of the CBS sitcom “Mom” and in 2017 and 2018, she shared the screen with Ryan Phillippe in the hit drama “Shooter”, followed in 2018 and 2019 by her portrayal of Stella Buckley in five episodes of the dark comedy TV series “Insatiable.”

Film Appearances

D’Angelo’s role in the mini-series “Captain and the Kings” introduced her to the film director Woody Allen, who cast her in the film “Annie Hall” in 1977. In the same year, she was seen in the film “Sentinel”, and her rising fame saw her cast alongside Clint Eastwood in the 1978 film “Every Which Way but Loose.” She rose to prominence for her acclaimed role as Patsy Cline in the successful biopic film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

In the years that followed, Beverly dominated Hollywood with her praised portrayals of widows, troubled mothers, prostitutes, and rich brats, among other characters in many films including “Finders Keepers,” “The Crazysitter,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

D’Angelo made her film breakthrough when she was cast to play Ellen in the 1983 film “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” The film had a box office collection of over $60 million against a budget of $15 million, and she appeared alongside Chevy Chase, Randy Quaid and Dana Barron. D’Angelo reprised her role in four of the film’s sequels in 1985, 1989, 1997 and 2015.

She’is also famous for her roles in the films “American History X” in 1998, “Gamers” in 2006, and “Bounty Killer” in 2013, among others. She recently appeared in “The Unicorn” (2018) and “The Good House” in 2022.

Awards and Nominations

D’Angelo bagged a Country Music Association Award in the category of Album of the Year in 1980. She also won the Theater World Award in 1994. Beverly has been nominated for five other awards: 1981 for both the Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Most Annoying Fake Accent in the comedy film “Honky Tonk Freeway”, and the Golden Globe, USA, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, for her role in “Vegas Vacation.” She won a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her praised role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1984, a Kids’ Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress (“Vegas Vacation”) in 1998, and a Satellite Award nomination for her contribution to “American History X” in 1999.

Personal Life

D’Angelo was previously married to the famed Italian actor and duke, Lorenzo Salviati, who is famous for his role in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” in 1983. They walked the aisle on 8 September 1981 but separated a few years later., and eventually divorced in November 1995. Meantime, Beverly dated the late Academy Award-winning English production designer Anton Furst, who committed suicide in 1991.

Beverly also dated Al Pacino, who is one of the most influential 20th-century actors and filmmakers, whose career has spanned more than five decades. The couple welcomed fraternal twins, Olivia Rose and Anton James, on 25 January 2001, but parted ways in 2003, ending their six years of togetherness. They both wanted to keep custody of their twins (who were two years old then), which resulted in a heated custody battle in Manhattan Family Court. Before dating Beverly, Al Pacino was in a brief relationship with the American acting coach, Jan Tarrant, and on 16 October 1989 they had sired a daughter, Julie Marie Pacino, who is now a producer.

D’Angelo was also romantically linked with actor Damian Chapa, who was her “Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills” co-star, the Italian-American TV director and actor, Scott Baio, and the late actor and rock singer Meat Loaf, among others.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Beverly is of Caucasian ethnicity, and has a pair of blue eyes and brown hair. She is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall and weighs around 135lbs (61kgs). 

Net Worth

Beverly has appeared in over 60 films and TV series, which has made her quite famous and wealthy. She is reportedly worth approximately $20 million as of late 2022, but seems to be living a modest lifestyle.

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