Chevy Chase Attends Griswold Family Reunion With Beverly D’Angelo

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Nearly 40 years after they originally portrayed Clark and Ellen Griswold in the 1983 road trip movie National Lampoon’s Vacation, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reconnected for a cute selfie at Steel City Comic Con in Pittsburgh on Saturday. “Again, with @chevychase at @steelcitycomiccon!” The image was captioned by D’Angelo, 71.

Chevy Chase And Beverly D’Angelo Reunite

She and Chase, 79, returned to the National Lampoon brand for four additional movies, including Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Vacation. Additionally, they portrayed Clark and Ellen in a Hotel Hell Vacation-themed HomeAway Super Bowl commercial from the same year. If Beverly D’Angelo had gone with her gut feeling, the Griswold family would look very different.

The actress, 71, admits in the most recent issue of PEOPLE that she almost didn’t accept the part of Ellen Griswold alongside Chevy Chase in the first Vacation film, which debuted in 1983. She explains, “I was so sure that I wasn’t the proper person.

D’Angelo had already performed in a number of plays and musicals at that time in her career, including Hair and Coal Miner’s Daughter, in which she portrayed Patsy Cline. I had no idea what path I was going in, she admits. She would also be portraying Anthony Michael Hall’s mother, who was an adolescent, and she was about 30.

“My agent even rejected my suggestion of someone else and said, “No, no, no.” Honestly, look at the script,” D’Angelo goes on. Lorenzo Salviati, who was her husband at the time, also encouraged her to do it. “But Beverly, look at this, he said after reading it. This is hilarious, “D’Angelo remembers that he was a big fan of Randy Quaid’s obnoxious and crude character Cousin Eddie, and he says: He declared, “He’s funny!”