Beverly Heather D’Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Vacation films (1983–2015). She has appeared in over 60 films and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role as Patsy Cline in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), and for an Emmy Award for her role as Stella Kowalski in the TV film A Streetcar Named Desire (1984). D’Angelo’s other film roles include Sheila Franklin in Hair (1979) and Doris Vinyard in American History X (1998).
D’Angelo was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Priscilla Ruth (née Smith), a violinist, and Eugene Constantino “Gene” D’Angelo, a bass player and television station manager at WBNS-TV in Columbus. Her father was of Italian descent. She has three brothers, Jeff, Tim and Tony. Their maternal grandfather, Howard Dwight Smith, was an architect who designed Ohio Stadium, nicknamed “the Horseshoe” at Ohio State University.