The National Lampoon’s Vacation actress, 71, recalls how she fell in love with Al Pacino, 82, in the 1990s when she was still wed to her husband, Italian duke Lorenzo Salviati.
She and Salviati eloped shortly after meeting at a party in L.A. in the early 1980s and had an understanding, she explains: They’d each go off and have their own fun, “but if there were any crises or anything, we’d come back together,” says D’Angelo, who’s now starring in the comedic thriller Violent Night.
The two had an amicable, uncontested divorce. “We just signed these papers,” says D’Angelo. “That’s when my mother-in-law started to love me, I think. It took her 15 years to understand that I wasn’t in [the marriage] for a title of wealth or for privilege.”
D’Angelo and Pacino welcomed twins Anton and Olivia in 2001 when she was 49. Shortly after that, she and Pacino split up, but she looks back fondly on their time together. “The greatest gift that Al ever gave me was to make me a mother,” says D’Angelo.
To this day, she says, she still considers Salviati her soul mate, even though they’re not together. “It was a great love match,” she says.