Beverly D’Angelo cooks up her signature holiday turkey

This Christmas, Beverly D’Angelo will be cooking up a dish guests – including her ex Al Pacino – can’t refuse.

Her signature recipe, which she will serve to the Godfather actor – who she dated for five years – and her twins, 21, is prosciutto-wrapped turkey.

The 71-year-old, whose paternal grandparents were from Abruzzo, Italy, made the same bird this Thanksgiving.

“You lift the skin and … you fill it with brine, kosher salt, lemon and rosemary, a little red pepper,” the actress, who stars in dark comedy Violent Night, out Dec. 2, told The Post. “And then the next day … you wrap it like bandages with prosciutto and put it in the oven.”

Al Pacino, Beverly D'Angelo
Beverly D’Angelo and Al Pacino have been together for five years and share 21-year-old twins.
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D’Angelo said Pacino, 82, whom she affectionately dubbed “the greatest actor we have,” won’t cook.

As for her own acting career, she said that when she had her children at the age of 49, she prioritized being a mother.

Although her custody agreement with Pacino was “50/50,” she ruled, “Whether they’re with Al or with me, they must have at least one parent who is physically and emotionally available at all times.”

Cast of National Lampoon's Vacation
The actress modeled the character of Ellen Griswold after her mother.
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That meant taking a backseat at times so Pacino could share his talents.

“This is a brilliant artist who needs something and we need his artistry. So that meant I couldn’t do films that would take me out of town because of his schedule.”

These feelings were influenced by what her mother used to tell her: “It doesn’t matter who has what in a marriage and in a family as long as it makes 100.”

Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo
D’Angelo is still close to her “Vacation” franchise co-star Chevy Chase.
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She has recreated the role of Ellen Griswold, Chevy Chase Clark’s doting wife, as her mother in all five of National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ films.

“And while that’s certainly not in line with the women’s movement, I wanted to kind of canonize the way she loved my father,” she said.

In “Violent Night” she plays another matriarch – but this time she’s a grandma who is anything but a real CEO.

Al Pacino with three of his children - Anton James Pacino, Olivia Pacino and Julie Marie Pacino - at the 2020 Academy Awards.
Al Pacino with three of his children – Anton James Pacino, Olivia Pacino and Julie Marie Pacino – at the 2020 Academy Awards.
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“It’s like Clark died and she became a super-rich, matriarchal badass,” D’Angelo explained. “She throws profanity like flicking ash off a lit cigarette and knows how to use a gun. It’s not Ellen setting the table for an exploding turkey.”

Fans of 1989’s ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ can find comfort and joy in the fact that she would ‘never say never’ about a sequel and remains very close to Chase.

“He’s been like a brother since I first met him,” she said.

Beverly D'Angelo as Gertrude in "violent night."
Beverly D’Angelo as Gertrude in Violent Night.
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More than 30 years later, “the phenomenon of this film is something that can’t really be explained,” said D’Angelo.

“My hairdresser told me that her best friend was on a plane two days ago. And there was a woman in a sweater sitting in a snow globe with my face on it. It’s like part of our culture.” Beverly D’Angelo cooks up her signature holiday turkey

Emma Bowman

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