Demonstrations of love often have ways of finding their way in the most unexpected ways, even through a divorce. This could well be the summary of the sentimental relationship between Beverly d’Angelo (Ohio, 71 years old) and Al Pacino (New York, 82 years old). The American actress, promoting her new film Silent Night (2022), has now told People magazine how her legal separation with the Italian duke Lorenzo Salviati, with whom she eloped and married in the early eighties , came from the beginning of his relationship with the protagonist of The Godfather (1972). A love story that lasted between 1997 and 2003 and from which two children would be born.

“I called my husband and told him: ‘I’m in love.’ He was like, ‘Oh, Beverly, who is it this time?’ and I told him he was an actor and I really loved him and we were thinking about having kids and he [referring to Al Pacino] thought he was crazy that she was married,” reveals d’Angelo. In the magazine, he also assures that with Salviati he had reached an agreement to maintain an open relationship, in which if at any time they felt that it was over, they would talk and reach an agreement to separate.

Despite having reached that pact, according to d’Angelo’s account, her then-husband continued to protest that anyone would think that their marriage, established as an open relationship, could be crazy. “Who thinks this is crazy, this perfect relationship? Who is this actor?’, my husband would say to me and I replied: ‘Well, it’s Al Pacino.’ To which he told me: ‘Al Pacino, fantastic. I love him. We divorced!”.

The divorce, as the protagonist of Vacations (2015) tells, was friendly between her and the Italian nobleman. “We just signed the papers and that’s when my ex-mother-in-law started to love me, I think. It only took him 15 years to realize that I was not in that marriage for the title of nobility or wealth,” says the actress. D’Angelo still considers Salviati her soul mate to this day: “It was a great love match.”

 And that was how d’Angelo and Al Pacino were able to begin a romantic relationship that lasted six years, between 1997 and 2003, and from which the twins Olivia and Anton James were born, both 21 years old. “The best gift that Al gave me was to become a mother,” says the actress, who had her children at the age of 49 through artificial insemination. “After we’d known each other for three months, [Al] looked me in the eye and said, ‘I want you to be the mother of my children,’” the actress told Closer Weekly magazine when Olivia and Anton were 16. “That was all she needed to hear,” she added then, in another of the few times she has spoken about her love story, which Al Pacino has never spoken of publicly.

Despite the pride that d’Angelo feels for his children, it has not been until now, with the premiere of Silent Night on November 29 in Los Angeles, when for the first time at 71 Olivia and Anton have accompanied her at the Red carpet. “Of course, they have been to the Oscars and various premieres with their father, but this was the first time it was mom’s turn and we had a fantastic time together,” the actress explained to various media outlets after the photo posed. .

For his part, Pacino, who has been accompanied on many occasions by his children to the Oscar galas and premieres of his films, has always been wary of exposing his personal life in the media. However, in 2020, in an interview with EL PAIS at the age of 80, the actor acknowledged that one of his great dreams pending was to have had a great family. “I know it’s difficult for a child to grow up without the attention of his parents [His parents divorced him when Al was a baby]. I myself was not a good father to Julia [her eldest daughter of hers, whom she had at 49], and things improved with the twins [Anton and Olivia, who were born at 61]. Do you know what a pleasure is? See how the years go by in the three of them ”, he confessed.

Pacino, who has always kept his love life away from the public spotlight, celebrated his 82nd birthday last April with his girlfriend Noor Alfallah, according to The Daily Mail. The star of Serpico (1973) went out to dinner with some friends and his current partner , the 28-year-old film producer, to a Jones establishment in West Hollywood, in Los Angeles, specializing in pizza and pasta.