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Beverly D'Angelo Biography

Birth Place:
Columbus, Ohio, United States

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


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