Happy 59th Beverly!
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
This Harold Ramis-directed film was the one that started the franchise. Personally I think it is the best one of the Vacation series.
Beverly of course plays the matriarch of the Griswold family, Ellen Griswold.
The films also stars (as if you didn’t know) Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, Anthony Michael Hall in a very early role as Rusty, Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie, John Candy, Christie Brinkley, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Eugune Levy.
It spawned the sequels European Vacation in 1985, Christmas Vacation in 1989, Vegas Vacation in 1997, the made for TV Christmas Vacation 2 in 2003, and the short films Hotel Hell Vacation in 2010.
Lightning Jack (1994)
This western film was written, produced and starred Crocodile Dundee’s Paul Hogan as the title character.
Beverly plays Jack’s “girlfriend.” Also starring in it was Cuba Gooding Jr.
American History X (1998)
In this amazing film, Beverly plays Doris, the mother of the main characters Derek, played of course by Edward Norton and Danny, played by Edward Furlong.