Beverly D'Angelo

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Beverly D'Angelo
Beverly D'Angelo 2, 2012.jpg
D'Angelo in February 2012
Born Beverly Heather D'Angelo
(1951-11-15) November 15, 1951 (age 62)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Don Lorenzo Salviati[1] (1981–1995; divorced)
Partner(s) Neil Jordan[1] (1985–1991)
Al Pacino[1] (1996–2003; twins)

Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation franchise.[2] D'Angelo received critical acclaim for her performances as Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), and as Doris Vinyard in American History X (1998). She has also performed in Broadway theatre, starred in a number of television films, and had roles in over 50 movies.

Early life[edit]

D'Angelo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Priscilla (née Smith), a violinist, and Gene D'Angelo, a bass player and television station manager.[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.[1] She has three brothers, Jeff, Tim and Tony.

Career[edit]

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.[3] She made her debut in the first three episodes of the TV mini-series Captains and the Kings in 1976, and later began her film career.

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.[6] 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 three Vacation sequels and a short film between 1985 and 2010. In 1980s, she starred in many other major comedy films, and as of mid-90s acted primary in the independent movies. In 1994, D'Angelo returned to stage and won Theatre World Award for her performance in Off-Broadway play Simpatico.[7]

D'Angelo received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the 1984 TV movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire.[8] She later had main roles in number of made for television dramatic films, including Slow Burn, Judgment Day: The John List Story, and Sweet Temptation.[9] In 2000s, D'Angelo had a recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as defense attorney Rebecca Balthus.[3] She also worked as 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 "Colonel Homer", and 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, she appeared in the HBO series Entourage, playing the role of agent Barbara "Babs" Miller.[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 1981, D'Angelo married Italian aristocrat 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.[10][11] Later, she began a relationship with Anton Furst, an Academy award-winning production designer, who committed suicide in 1991. D'Angelo was in a relationship with actor Al Pacino from 1996 until 2003. The couple have twins, son Anton James and daughter Olivia Rose (born 2001).[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
1990 Pacific Heights Ann Miller Cameo
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 Vacation Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1976 Captains and the Kings Miss Emmy TV Mini-Series
1983 Faerie Tale Theatre Henbane Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"
1984 A Streetcar Named Desire Stella DuBois Kowalski TV Movie
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 TV Movie
1987 Hands of a Stranger Mary Hearn TV Movie
1987 The Man Who Fell to Earth Eva Milton TV Movie
1988 Doubletake Caroline Wallace TV Movie
1992 Trial: The Price of Passion Johnnie Faye Boudreau TV Movie
1992 Tales from the Crypt Janice Baird Episode: "Werewolf Concerto"
1992 A Child Lost Forever: The Jerry Sherwood Story Jerry Sherwood TV Movie
1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story Helen List TV Movie
1994 Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Annie Hayes TV Movie
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Kitty Menendez TV Movie
1996 Widow's Kiss Vivian Fairchild TV Movie
1996 Sweet Temptation Jesse Larson TV Movie
1999 Frasier Audrey (voice) Episode: "The Show Where Woody Shows Up"
1999 Lansky Teddy Lansky TV Movie
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 TV Movie
2014 The Michaels Millie Barnworth TV Movie
2014 Friends with Better Lives Gretchen Episode: "Something New"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Beverly D'Angelo Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Beverly D'Angelo Biography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c Beverly D'Angelo- Biography
  4. ^ "Beverly D'Angelo Biography (1953?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  5. ^ "NIAF MileStones". Niaf.org. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Top CMA Award Nominees". Country Music Association. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  7. ^ The Broadway League. "Beverly D'Angelo | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Beverly D'Angelo | Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  9. ^ John P. McCarthy (1996-03-05). "Sweet Temptation". Variety. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  10. ^ Lester, Peter (1981-11-30). "How Could She Top Burt's Baby? Beverly D'angelo Marries a Duke". People.com. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  11. ^ Rubin, Hanna (1991-07-26). "THE MYSTERY OF BEVERLY D'ANGELO | Beverly D'Angelo | Movie News | Movies | Entertainment Weekly". Ew.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  12. ^ "Pacino's Bambinos". People. February 12, 2001. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Twin Pique". People. February 24, 2003. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 

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