Fast Facts

  • Left home as a teenager to study art in Italy.
  • Worked as an illustrator at Hanna-Barbera Studios and as a singer before pursuing an interest in acting.
  • Made silver-screen debut in the 1979 film adaptation of the musical Hair.
  • Did all her own singing as Patsy Cline in 1980's Coal Miner's Daughter.
  • After her marriage to an Italian aristocrat ended, she took up with Irish writer-director Neil Jordan, who directed her in 1988's High Spirits and 1991's The Miracle.
  • Best known for her role as the matriarch of the quirky Griswold clan in the National Lampoon's Vacation films.


  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Lorenzo Salviati — Ex-husband
  • Olivia Pacino — Daughter
  • Anton Furst — Ex-significant Other
  • Al Pacino — Ex-significant Other
  • Jeff D'Angelo — Brother
  • Gene D'Angelo — Father
  • Anton Pacino — Son
  • Neil Jordan — Ex-significant Other

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  • Birth Place: Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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