Actress Beverly D’Angelo has had a long and highly successful career that spans over 42 years, with more than 100 on screen appearances to her name.
Beverly Heather D’Angelo was born on 15 November 1951, in Columbus Ohio USA. Her parents are violinist Priscilla Ruth (nee smith) and Eugene Constantino ‘Gene” D’Angelo who worked at WBNS-tv as the television station manager, and was also a bass player. Her father was of Italian descent, and of their four children Beverly is the only girl. Her grandfather from her mother’s side is architect Howard Dwight Smith, who designed the Ohio Stadium which has become known at Ohio State University as the horseshoe.
D’Angelo went to Upper Arlington High school located in its name sake 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 brief period, where she worked as a back-up singer for The Hawks, the band of rockabilly singer Ronnie “Rompin” Hawkins.
D’Angelo started out as an actress performing on Broadway in 1976, when she played in “Rockabye Hamlet”, a show that was based on “Hamlet” by Shakespeare”, and also made her screen debut the same year in “Captains and the Kings”, a TV mini-series in which she played in three episodes.
The story is set in the 1800s, about Irish Immigrants and their rags to riches story.
Beverly was then cast in 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, who is trying to understand why his relationship with the film’s lead actress is failing, the lead role specifically written for actress Diane Keaton. The film was only officially released in April of 1977 but was screened once at the Los Angeles Film Festival the month before, received rave reviews, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Pictures, as well as winning 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 Film brought in more than $38 million, and comes in 31st on AFI’s listing of the greatest films in American Cinema, 4th on their list of greatest comedy films, and Bravo ranked it 28th of 100 Funniest Movies. They were also recognized by the Writers Guild of America for the funniest screenplay ever written.
D’Angelo then went on to appear in a string of hit movies in the 1970’s, including “Hair” the story of a young farm hand from Oklahoma who goes to join the U.S army, but on his way meets Sheila Franklin (played by D’Angelo) and with the help of a group of hippies, find a way for the young couple to stay together.
She then played Echo in “Every Which Way but Loose” the story of a boxer played by Clint Eastwood traveling around to fights in the mid-west with his manager and orangutan in tow, searching for his long-lost love.
In 1980, Beverly’s performance as Patsy Cline in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” got her a Golden Globe nomination for the best supporting actress, as well as winning album of the year from the Country Music Association. The film is the tale of the daughter of a coal miner who is married at 15, and her husband realises that 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 story line is about a family, The Griswold’s, who go on an adventure for family vacation to get to the Walley World Theme Park.
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Of course, things do not go as the family had hoped when a blonde woman in a red Ferrari gets stuck on Clark Griswold’s mind. The movie had four sequels, and Beverly reprised her role in all of them.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” gained D’Angelo an Emmy nomination in 1984. The TV film is about a woman named Blanche Dubois, a crazy, anxious lady who is desperately searching for somewhere she belongs, because she was shunned from her hometown, for having an affair with a seventeen year-old boy student at the school where she was an English teacher.
In 1992 Beverly added voice actress to her resume when she made a guest ‘appearance’ in season three of “The Simpsons” as Lurleen Lumpkin in the episode entitled “Colonel Homer” playing a waitress and country western singer. Sixteen years later in 2008, she reprised her role in the eighteenth season in the episode entitled “Papa Don’t Leech”.
1994 saw D’Angelo’s return to the stage when she performed in “Simpaticio”, an off Broadway show for which she won a Theatre World Award.
She went on to appears in a few dramatic made-for-television films, such as “Judgment Day: The John List Story”, “Sweet Temptation”, and “Slow Burn”. The 2000’s saw D’Angelo appearing in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” playing Rebecca Balthus defence attorney.
From 2005 – 2011 D’Angelo appeared in the “Entourage”, an HBO series in which she played agent Barbra “Babs” Miller. Concurrently, in 2006 she starred in “Gamers: The Movies”, and in 2008 she had a role in the very successful comedy “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay”.
In the same year she landed a small role in “The House Bunny” alongside Emma Stone, Rumour Willis, Kat Denning and Colin Hanks. After all that, in 2009 she still found time to appear in “Black Water Transit”, a film by Tony Kaye.
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 to make 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 located 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 split up two years later and started a bitter custody batter for their children.
Al Pacino is best known as a film maker and actor, with a career that spans five decades. Alfredo James Pacino was born on 25 April 1940, in East Harlem, New York City, USA, to Italian-American parents, father Salvatore Pacino and mother Rose Gerardi. Pacino got into acting after realising he had a talent while attending The Actors Studio. After a short stage career, he broke into films with an appearance in the 1969 independent production “Me, Natalie” starring Patty Duke.
A year later the talent agency Creative Management Associates (CMA) welcomed Pacino aboard, 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 mafia boss, who wanted one of his sons to take over the family business, which he did very reluctantly.
Pacino does not just have the twins with D’Angelo. He also fathered a daughter, Julie Marie in 1989 with Jan Tarrant and acting coach.
Pacino has never married ,but has been involved in several high-profile relationships during 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 said on record that ‘Al was simply the most entertaining man.” Some of his other relationships were with Jill Clayburgh, Tuesday Weld, Kathleen Quinlan, and Marthe Keller, as well as with Argentine actress Lucilia Polak that lasted from 2008 – 2018. The couple did not have a child together, but Polak has a daughter from a previous relationship who considers Pacino to be 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 short 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 dating academy award winner for production design, Anton Furst – Furst took his own life shortly after the couple broke up.
In 1994 she was briefly linked to actor Damian Chapa her co-star in “Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills” a movie in which they played mother and son.
Sources state that Beverly D’Angelo has a net worth of roughly $25 million, as of early 2020.
With blonde hair and blue eyes, Hollywood has dubbed her a blonde bombshell. She is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall and weighs 152lbs (68kgs).