Actress Beverly D’Angelo has had a long and highly successful career spanning over 42 years, with over 100 on-screen appearances to her credit.
Beverly Heather D’Angelo was born on November 15, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Her parents are violinist Priscilla Ruth (née smith) and Eugene Constantino ‘Gene’ D’Angelo who worked at WBNS-tv as the television station’s manager, and was also a bassist. Her father was of Italian descent and of their four children, Beverly is the only girl. Her maternal grandfather is architect Howard Dwight Smith, who designed the Ohio Stadium that has become known at Ohio State University as the Horseshoe.
D’Angelo attended Upper Arlington High School in the name town,
Before becoming interested in acting, Beverly worked at Hanna Barbara Studios as an illustrator, before trying her hand at singing, and moved to Canada for a short period of time, where she worked as a backup singer for rockabilly’s band The Hawks singer Ronnie “Rompin” Hawkins.
D’Angelo began acting on Broadway in 1976 when she starred in “Rockabye Hamlet”, a show based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, and also made her screen debut that same year in “Captains and the Kings”, a TV miniseries in which she starred in three episodes.
The story is set in the 1800s, about Irish immigrants and their rags to riches story.
Beverly then landed a small role in the critically acclaimed 1977 film “Annie Hall”, a romantic comedy co-written and directed by Woody Allen. The film follows director Alvy Singer as he tries to understand why his relationship with the film’s lead actress is failing, the lead role written especially for actress Diane Keaton. The film was not officially released until April 1977, but screened once the previous month at the Los Angeles Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as awards in three other categories. Not only that, but it also bagged a Golden Globe and four BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards.
The movie grossed over $38 million and comes in at 31st on AFI’s list of the greatest films in American cinema, 4e on their Best Comedy Movies list, and Bravo placed it at 28e of 100 funniest movies. They were also recognized by the Writers Guild of America for the funniest screenplay ever written.
D’Angelo went on to appear in a series of hit films in the 1970s, including “Hair,” the story of a young Oklahoma farmhand who is going to join the United States Army, but along the way meets Sheila Franklin (played by D’Angelo) and find a way for the young couple to stay together with the help of a group of hippies.
She next played Echo in “Every Which Way but Loose”, the story of a boxer played by Clint Eastwood who travels to fight in the Midwest with his manager and orangutan in tow, in search of his long-lost love.
In 1980, Beverly’s performance as Patsy Cline in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as winning Album of the Year from the Country Music Association. The film is the story of a miner’s daughter who got married at the age of 15, and her husband realizes she has great musical potential and encourages her to follow her calling. Chevy Chase’s 1983 “National Lampoon’s Vacation” brought D’Angelo her big break when she was cast as Ellen Griswold – the storyline is about a family, The Griswold’s, who go on an adventure for a family vacation to go to the Walley World Theme Park .
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Of course, things don’t go as the family hoped when a blonde woman in a red Ferrari gets trapped in Clark Griswold’s mind. The film had four sequels and Beverly reprized her role in all of them.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” earned D’Angelo an Emmy nomination in 1984. The TV movie is about a woman named Blanche Dubois, a crazy, anxious lady who is desperate to find a place where she belongs because she was shunned from her hometown for having an affair with a 17-year-old student at the school where she was an English teacher.
In 1992, Beverly added voice acting to her resume when she made a cameo appearance on season three of “The Simpsons” as Lurleen Lumpkin in the episode titled “Colonel Homer,” playing a waitress and country singer. Sixteen years later in 2008, she reprized her role in the eighteenth season in the episode titled “Papa Don’t Leech”.
In 1994, D’Angelo returned to the stage when she performed in “Simpaticio”, an off-Broadway show for which she won a Theater World Award.
She went on to appear in a few dramatic television movies, such as ‘Judgment Day: The John List Story’, ‘Sweet Temptation’ and ‘Slow Burn’. In the 2000s, D’Angelo appeared in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” playing Rebecca Balthus’ attorney.
From 2005 – 2011, D’Angelo appeared in the “Entourage”, an HBO series where she played agent Barbra “Babs” Miller. At the same time, in 2006 she starred in “Gamers: The Movies”, and in 2008 she had a role in the highly successful comedy “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”.
The same year, she landed a small role in “The House Bunny” alongside Emma Stone, Rumor Willis, Kat Denning and Colin Hanks. After all that, she still found time in 2009 to appear in “Black Water Transit”, a Tony Kaye movie.
In 2014, Beverly appeared in the ABC comedy “Chev & Bev” alongside Chevy Chase, the story of a couple who had retired and were raising their grandchildren. However, ABC decided not to continue making the series.
In 2017, D’Angelo’s did the narration for a short biography film about Patsy Cline, which was available to visitors at the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
D’Angelo’s most famous relationship was with actor Al Pacino.
Although the couple never married, in 2001 they welcomed twin daughter Olivia Rose and son Anton James, who were conceived through IVF. The couple separated two years later and began a bitter custody battle over their children.
Al Pacino is best known as a filmmaker and actor, with a career spanning five decades. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in East Harlem, New York City, USA, to Italian American parents, father Salvatore Pacino and mother Rose Gerardi. Pacino started acting after realizing he had a talent while attending The Actors Studio. After a short stage career, he made his breakthrough in films with an appearance in the 1969 independent production “Me, Natalie” starring Patty Duke.
A year later, talent agency Creative Management Associates (CMA) welcomed Pacino on board, and Al’s big break came in 1972, when he landed a role in the critically acclaimed “The Godfather.” Pacino played one of the sons of an Italian mob boss, who wanted one of his sons to take over the family business, which he reluctantly did.
Pacino doesn’t just have the twins with D’Angelo. He also fathered a daughter, Julie Marie in 1989 with Jan Tarrant and acting coach.
Pacino never married, but has been involved in several high-profile relationships over the course of his career.
He dated ‘Godfather’ co-star Diane Keaton, but their relationship ended after the filming of the third movie. Keaton has officially said that “Al was just the most entertaining guy.” Some of his other relationships were with Jill Clayburgh, Tuesday Weld, Kathleen Quinlan and Marthe Keller as well as with Argentinian actress Lucilia Polak that lasted from 2008 – 2018. The couple had no child together, but Polak has a daughter from a previous relationship who Pacino as her stepfather.
D’Angelo has been romantically linked to many men over the course of her career. The first confirmed relationship was with Czech-American actor, screenwriter, director and professor – Jan Tomas ‘Milos’ Forman.
In 1985, she had a brief relationship with Neil Jordan, although some sources suggest that this relationship overlapped with her relationship with Don Lorenzo Salviati. D’Angelo married Salviati in 1981, an Italian man who was the heir of Don Forese Salvati.
From 1987 – 1991 she was in a relationship with the academy award winner for production design, Anton Furst – Furst took his own life shortly after the couple separated.
In 1994, she was briefly linked to actor Damian Chapa, her co-star in “Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills”, a movie where they played mother and son.
Sources state that Beverly D’Angelo a net value of approximately $25 million, as of early 2020.
With blonde hair and blue eyes, Hollywood has dubbed her a blonde bombshell. She is 1.57 m tall and weighs 68 kg.