Beverly D'Angelo Biography

Birthday: 1951-11-15
Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio USA
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Wiki Biography: 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. Born on November 15, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of musicians Gene (bass player) and Priscilla (née Smith) D'Angelo (violinist), her maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was the architect who designed the Ohio ("Horseshoe") Stadium at Ohio State University. Part Italian, she 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 (1995), 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 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) (TV) 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) (TV). Other topnotch TV mini-movies included Sweet Temptation (1996) (TV) and Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993) (TV), 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Captains and the Kings 1976 Drama
Finders Keepers 1984 Comedy
Eye for an Eye 1996
Relative Strangers 2006 Comedy
Imperfect Union 2007 Comedy
Vacation, Vacation, Vacation Ellen Griswold 2011 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Every Which Way But Loose 1978 Action, Comedy
Hair Sheila Franklin 1979 0, 0, 0
Paternity Maggie 1981 Comedy, Romance
Honky Tonk Freeway Carmen Odessa Shelby 1982 Action, Comedy
Highpoint Lise 1984 Comedy
Get Out of My Room 1985
Big Trouble Blanche Rickey 1986 Comedy
Maid to Order 1987 Fantasy, Comedy
In the Mood Francine Glatt 1987 Comedy, Romance
Trading Hearts Donna Nottingham 1988 Comedy
High Spirits Sharon Brogan Crawford 1988 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Cold Front Amanda O'Rourke 1990 Crime
The Miracle Renee Baker 1991 Drama
Lonely Hearts Alma 1993 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills Pixie Chandler 1996 Comedy
Sweet Temptation 1996 Drama
Edie & Pen Barlady 1996 Comedy
Vegas Vacation Ellen Griswold 1997
A Rat's Tale Mrs. Dollart 1997 0, 0
Love Always Miranda 1997 Comedy, Romance
With Friends Like These... Theresa Carpenter 1998
Merchants of Venus Mistress Cody 1998 Comedy
American History X Doris Vinyard 1998 Crime, Drama
Women in Film Phyllis Wolf 2001 Comedy, Drama
Happy Birthday Bag Lady 2001
King of the Corner Betsy Ingraham 2004 Comedy, Drama
Hair High Darlene 2005 Animation, Comedy, Horror
Relative Strangers 2006
Gamers Gordon's Mom 2006 Comedy
The House Bunny Mrs. Hagstrom 2008 Biography
Eye For An Eye 2008 Game Show, 0, 0
Battle for Terra Interrogator Wright 2009 Animation, Action, Adventure
Black Water Transit Valeriana Schick 2009 Crime, Drama
Game of Life Kathy 2011 Drama
I Heart Shakey Sheila 2012 0, 0
Bounty Killer Lucille 2013 Action
Under the Bed Sandra Monroe 2015 Thriller
Vacation Ellen Griswold 2015 0
Finders Keepers 2015
Lady-Like Dean Melissa 2016 Comedy
Frat Pack Moira 2018