Beverly D'Angelo


15 Nov 1951


Columbus, Ohio, USA


Beverly Heather D'Angelo


Intriguing, inspiring, and never less than interesting -- key adjectives in describing the career of Beverly D'Angelo, which has well passed the three-decade mark. Perhaps deserving better movies than she generally found herself in, she nevertheless was always an object of fascination and the one to watch...whatever the role. Hardly the shrinking violet type, Hollywood counted on her for her colorful personality, down-to-earth demeanor and scene-stealing capabilities.

Beverly Heather D'Angelo was born on November 15, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of musicians Priscilla Ruth (Smith), a violinist, and Eugene "Gene" Constantino D'Angelo, a bass player who also managed a TV station. her maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was the architect who designed the Ohio ("Horseshoe") Stadium at Ohio State University. Her mother had English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry, and her father was of Italian descent. Beverly once attended an American school in Florence, Italy.

Initially drawn to art, Beverly worked as a animator/cartoonist at Hanna-Barbera Productions before moving to Canada to pursue a rock singing career, To make ends meet she worked as a session vocalist and sang anyplace she could -- from coffeehouses to topless bars. At one point the teenager was invited to join up with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins. Beverly's acting career started up when she left the Hawkins band and joined the Charlottetown Festival repertory company. She was touring Canada as Ophelia in "Kronborg: 1582", a rock musical version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" when the renowned Colleen Dewhurst caught a performance and saw promise in both Beverly and the show. Eventually musical director Gower Champion got into the mix and the show was completely revamped, becoming the rock musical "Rockabye Hamlet", which made its way to Broadway in 1976. While the show itself was short-lived, Beverly's Ophelia attracted fine notices and she soon found herself on the West coast with film and TV opportunities. After this point, she seldom returned to the stage but did star alongside Ed Harris in the 1995 off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's "Simpatico", which earned her a Theatre World Award.

A role in the TV miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976) led to bit parts in The Sentinel (1977) and in the Woody Allen classic Annie Hall (1977). A string of co-starring roles followed with First Love (1977), the Clint Eastwood starrer Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and the film adaptation of the hit counterculture musical Hair (1979). Best of all for Beverly was her powerhouse featured performance as the one-and-only Patsy Cline in the acclaimed biopic Coal Miner's Daughter (1980). Both she and Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (as fellow country singer Loretta Lynn) expertly supplied their own vocals.

Playing everything from tough-as-nails prostitutes, party girls and barflies to rich, prim widows and depressed, alcoholic moms, most of Beverly's output was solid during this time. Playing happening kind of gals, she customarily rose above much of the standard comedic or dramatic material given. An interesting gallery of offbeat characters came her way in a number of hit-or-miss features: Paternity (1981), Finders Keepers (1984), Big Trouble (1986), Maid to Order (1987), High Spirits (1988), Cold Front (1989), Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990), The Pope Must Diet (1991), Man Trouble (1992), Lightning Jack (1994), The Crazysitter (1994), Merchants of Venus (1998) and Sugar Town (1999). She also sang in a few of these films.

Beverly attracted mainstream notice as Chevy Chase's beleaguered wife in the comedy spoof National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and its three sequels. Stronger roles came with such films as the English/Irish production The Miracle (1991) and the Neo-Nazi film American History X (1998). She was also a favorite of director John Schlesinger who used her in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) and Eye for an Eye (1996), among others. In the spoof Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997), in which she served as associate producer, Beverly gamely starred as a chic Beverly Hills housewife who turns into a flying prehistoric reptile by night.

On TV, Beverly scored well as matricide victim Kitty Menendez in Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (1994) and earned an Emmy-nomination (and arguably gave the best performance) as Stella Kowalski opposite "Hair" co-star Treat Williams in the TV remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984). Other topnotch TV mini-movies included Sweet Temptation (1996) and Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993), in which she played Robert Blake's devout wife. On primetime she has been cast quite assertively in recurring parts -- lately she has been spotted on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) as a defense attorney, and on Entourage (2004) as a talent agent.

Beverly's off-camera romantic life has been just as interesting. Following her relationship with "Hair" director Milos Forman, she married Lorenzo Salviati, an economics student who also was an Italian duke. She left Hollywood and lived with him in Europe, but separated after two years and returned. A six-year relationship with Irish director Neil Jordan was followed by one with Oscar-winning production designer Anton Furst; this ended tragically when, just weeks after their breakup, he committed suicide. A former union with the volatile Al Pacino produced twins Olivia and Anton, who were born in 2001.

These days, Beverly's career on camera has remained secondary to the raising of her children. Occasionally she has made use of her vocal talents performing at L.A. nightclubs and with a jazz band that included brother Jeff. From time to time she still lights up the screen as a brash professional or somebody's colorful mom; whatever time she has on screen, whether major or minor, it is always welcomed and never, ever less than...interesting.

Actor ( 113 credits )

Dreamland (2016)
Lady-Like (2016) Dean Melissa
Frat Pack (2016) Moira
Party Girl (2016)  Fay (unknown episodes)
Accidental Love (2015) Helen Eckle
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon (2015) Herself / Actrice
Playing It Cool (2014) Lyle's Girlfriend (as Beverly D'Angleo)
Friends with Better Lives (2014)  Gretchen (1 episode, 2014)
All American Christmas Carol (2013)
Bounty Killer (2013) Lucille
Mom (2013)  Lorraine (2 episodes, 2015)
I Heart Shakey (2012) Sheila
Teens Wanna Know (2012)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Whitney (2011)  Patti Morris (1 episode, 2011)
April '86 (2010) Rose D'Andrea
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Ellen Griswold (1 episode, 2012)
Casadas Con Hollywood (2010)  Herself (4 episodes, 2010)
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010)  Mom / ... (2 episodes, 2010)
Black Water Transit (2009) Valeriana Schick
Cougar Town (2009)  Sheila Keller (1 episode, 2010)
Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure (2009) Aunt Zelda
The House Bunny (2008) Mrs. Hagstrom
Partigiano (2008) Mother's voice (voice)
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008) Sally
Hollywood Residential (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Celebrity Ghost Stories (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2011)
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Battle for Terra (2007) Interrogator Wright (voice)
Game of Life (2007) Kathy
The Bronx Bunny Show (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2007)
Living with Ed (2007)  Herself (1 episode, 2008)
Gamers (2006) Gordon's Mom
Relative Strangers (2006) Angela Minnola
Campus Ladies (2006)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Special Thanks to Roy London (2005) Herself
Hair High (2004) Darlene (voice)
King of the Corner (2004) Betsy Ingraham
Entourage (2004)  Barbara Miller (25 episodes, 2005-2011)
Where's Angelo? (2003) Auntie Nanny
Summer Catch (2001) Lusty House Mother (uncredited)
Happy Birthday (2001) Bag Lady
Women in Film (2001) Phyllis Wolf
Dinner for Five (2001)  Herself (1 episode, 2003)
High Fidelity (2000) Woman selling records (uncredited)
Talk to Me (2000)  Dr. Debra (3 episodes, 2000)
Sugar Town (1999) Jane
Get Bruce (1999) Herself
Family Guy (1999)  Ellen Griswold (1 episode, 2007)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)  Rebecca Balthus (5 episodes, 2003-2008)
Jazz Night (1999) Kate Winslow
Divorce: A Contemporary Western (1998) Linda (uncredited)
Illuminata (1998) Astergourd
American History X (1998) Doris Vinyard
With Friends Like These... (1998) Theresa Carpenter
Rude Awakening (1998)  Sidney 'Syd' Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
Merchants of Venus (1998) Mistress Cody
A Rat's Tale (1997) Mrs. Dollart
Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997) Pixie Chandler
Nowhere (1997) Dark's Mom
Vegas Vacation (1997) Ellen Griswold
The Good Life (1997)
Love Always (1996) Miranda
Edie & Pen (1996) Barlady
Eye for an Eye (1996) Dolly Green
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 1997)
The Crazysitter (1994) Edie
Lightning Jack (1994) Lana Castel
Frasier (1993)  Audrey (1 episode, 1999)
Man Trouble (1992) Andy Ellerman
Lonely Hearts (1991) Alma
The Pope Must Diet (1991) Veronica Dante
The Miracle (1991) Renee Baker
The General Motors Playwrights Theater (1991) (1 episode, 1993)
The Chuck Woolery Show (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
Pacific Heights (1990) Ann Miller (uncredited)
Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? (1990) Evalita
Cold Front (1989) Amanda O'Rourke
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) Ellen
The Simpsons (1989)  Lurleen Lumpkin (2 episodes, 1992-2008)
Tales from the Crypt (1989)  Janice Baird (1 episode, 1992)
The More You Know (1989)  Herself
High Spirits (1988) Sharon Brogan Crawford
Trading Hearts (1988) Donna Nottingham
Aria (1987) Gilda (segment "Rigoletto")
In the Mood (1987) Francine Glatt
Maid to Order (1987) Stella Winston
Biography (1987)  Herself - Friend (1 episode, 2009)
The Wil Shriner Show (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 1987)
Big Trouble (1986) Blanche Rickey
National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) Ellen Griswold
Get Out of My Room (1985) Harriet
Tall Tales & Legends (1985)  Katrina Van Tassel (1 episode, 1985)
Finders Keepers (1984) Standish Logan
Showbiz Today (1984)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) Ellen Griswold
Highpoint (1982) Lise
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)  Henbane (1 episode, 1983)
Paternity (1981) Maggie
Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) Carmen Odessa Shelby
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Patsy Cline
Hair (1979) Sheila Franklin
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Echo
First Love (1977) Shelley
Annie Hall (1977) Actress in Rob's T.V. Show
The Sentinel (1977) Sandra
Good Morning America (1975)  Herself (1 episode, 1989)
The Midnight Special (1972)  Herself (1 episode, 1980)
Great Performances (1971) (1 episode, 1995)
Dreamland (0)
Vacation (0) Ellen Griswold
Popcorn Ceiling (0) Jerri
Under the Bed (0) Sandra Monroe

Producer ( 2 credits )

City 40 (2016) consulting producer
Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997) associate producer