To celebrate the actress' special day, click through the gallery below to see the iconic cast of National Lampoon's Vacation then and now! For more than 50 years, Chevy, 72, has been one of Hollywood's most beloved comedic icons. Before playing cousin Catherine in the Vacation films, Miriam, 64, was a regular cast member on the comedy-variety series The Tim Conway Show and starred on her own ABC sitcom, Maggie , from until The former supermodel and mother-of-three, 61, reprised her Vacation role in 's Vegas Vacation , has acted onstage as lead Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago and had a guest star role on the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation. The actor sadly passed away from a heart attack in
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Best known for her portrayal of the bewildered mother in three National Lampoon Vacation films with Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo has balanced her schedule as an actress with performances showcasing her talents as a vocalist, including performances at the Lucky Seven Club in Hollywood and at Johnny Depp's Viper Room. She explained during a late-'90s interview, "I never had a burning desire to act. I wanted to sing. The fast pace, however, left her yearning for smaller pastures. Relocating to Canada, D'Angelo sharpened her singing skills with performances at folk music coffeehouses and bars. Settling temporarily in Toronto, she began to acquire a solid reputation as a session vocalist. She recalled, "I was one of those doo wop, doo wop girls and I also sang in topless bars. Turning to acting, D'Angelo toured with a repertory company production of Rockabye Hamlet.
She went through a custody battle with Al Pacino
It's been three decades since the Griswalds took an ill-planned road trip to Wally World in National Lampoon's "Vacation. In celebration of the film's 30th anniversary, we've taken a look at what the "Vacation" stars have been up to over the years. Chase was one of the few "Vacation" cast members who was already a known-star before the film's release. He had previously appeared in the hit comedy "Caddyshack" and was also one of the original players on "Saturday Night Live. More leading roles quickly followed after "Vacation," with starring turns in "Fletch" and "The Three Amigos," but Chase wasn't able to re-capture that same success as a TV talk show host. Since , Chase has starred in three additional installments in the National Lampoon series along with on-screen wife, Beverly D'Angelo. Both Chase, who turns 70 in October, and D'Angelo are expected to co-star in an upcoming "Vacation" reboot. Beverly D'Angelo originally got her start as a cartoonist for Hannah Barbara in the early s. D'Angelo has continued to act steadily since the release of "Vacation", but she's been more focused in recent years in her role as a mother.
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