Beverly D'angelo

Beverly D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American singer and actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series and Doris Vinyard in American History

Early life
D'Angelo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Priscilla (née Smith), a violinist, and Gene D'Angelo, a bass player and television station manager.[1] She is of part Italian descent.[2] Her maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was the architect who designed iconic Ohio Stadium, also known as "the Horseshoe" at The Ohio State University.


[edit] Career
D'Angelo began work in the theatre, appearing on Broadway in 1976 in Rockabye Hamlet (also known as Kronborg: 1582) a musical based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Although the production was a failure, running less than a month, D'Angelo's performance as Ophelia attracted positive attention.

After gaining minor roles in movies including Annie Hall, D'Angelo had a string of hit movies in the late 1970s, appearing in Every Which Way But Loose, Hair, and Coal Miner's Daughter (she portrayed the singer Patsy Cline, and did all her own singing). Her biggest break came with Chevy Chase in the 1983 National Lampoon's Vacation. Her role as Ellen Griswold was reprised in three Vacation sequels from 1985 through 1997. In 1992, she had a guest appearance in the third season of The Simpsons as Lurleen Lumpkin, a beautiful, Southern country singer and waitress, in Colonel Homer, and is set to return as the same character in an episode in the nineteenth season.

She has a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU as defense attorney Rebecca Balthus.

In 2006, she starred in the independent cult classic Gamers: The Movie. She can now be seen on the hit HBO series Entourage, playing the role of the alpha-female Barbara "Babs" Miller.

Beverly D'angelo

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