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Then and Now: ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

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“It’s a Bit Nipply Out.”

The film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a Christmas classic right up there next to A Christmas Story and Uncle Buck.

It was unbelievably popular when it was released, debuting at number 2 in the box office. Twenty-six years later, the movie still brings laughter to our homes during the holidays. It’s the family that you always wished for but thanked god you never had. Take a stroll down memory lane with us, and catch up with what the original cast is up to now.

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Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase)

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In the late seventies and eighties, Chevy Chase was the epitome of “cool”. New York magazine wrote a spread about him entitled “The Funniest Man In America” and there was even talk about changing the name of Saturday Night Live to The Chevy Chase Show. All of the attention went to Chevy’s head and his sudden stardom started to fizzle. Most recently, he appeared the fifth segment of the Lampoon’s franchise, Vacation.

Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo)

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Beverly had a stint with HBO’s Entourage for six years and has appeared in some direct-to-video movies. Nothing you probably have seen or even heard of.