07 April 2012 @ 08:13 pm
The Kids from the 4 'Vacation' Movies  




My mom and I always watched 'Vacation' and no get-together was complete without us quoting the movie about 14 times per hour. I think we both can recite the lines from beginning to end without flaw even all these years later, and though it's pretty nerdy, we're proud of it.
It would be great to do an entry about the original 'Vacation' characters, but instead I did all the Rusties and Audreys for all 4 Vacation films. I gotta say, though, that the originals from '83 were the best and any of the other kids never were quite the same...though the 'European Vacation' kids ended up growing on me.
I never saw Vegas Vacation, but I heard that wasn't a bad thing.


Vacation  1983




Dana Barron as the original Audrey Griswold




Most recently she played a gynecologist in a comedy called 'Happythankyoumoreplease'. It looks pretty good, to be honest, though the name looks like I can't type for crap!
In 2006, she directed (and had a role in) National Lampoon's 'Pucked', starring Jon Bon Jovi. From what I can see, this is the latest of 3 movies she has directed.

Anthony Michael Hall as the original Rusty Griswold





It's hard to imagine Anthony Michael Hall all manly-man looking, isn't it? To me he is still the dorky dude of '16 Candles'. It was even odd seeing him as the jerky guy in 'Edward Scissorhands' for me!
For recent stuff, he's been a pretty busy guy.  I know him best from 'The Dead Zone', which I admit I never have seen. At the moment he is in the middle of three movies, 'Cottonwood', 'Dead in Tombstone' and 'Sexy Evil Genius'. 
He has said, I grew up in the public eye. I can't hide from that. I always embrace the work I've done before. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for those movies. I'm always baffled by actors who are like, 'I'm not going to talk about the '80s.' What? You're just forgetting that whole experience? I feel very fortunate to have been able to do those films. It gave me the tools I needed to be where I am.



Honorable Mentions


Jane Krakowski as Cousin Vicky




Now she plays Jenna Maroney on '30 Rock', but for me she'll always be the skanky, pot-smoking cousin from the sticks who mixes Kool Aid with her hand instead of a spoon.

John Navin as Cousin Dale

Can't find anything on this guy from the past decade, though I scrounged around the internet. Anyone have an idea?

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European Vacation 1985



Dana Hill as Audrey



Below is a pic from when she was doing the voice acting in the 90s:


Dana passed away in '96 at age 32. She suffered from diabetes since she was 10, slipped into a coma May of '96 and died of a stroke the next month. Her diabetes stunted her growth (I believe she was 23 when she played Audrey here). Before this 'Vacation', she had played in several movies and commercials, beginning in 1973. She did quite a bit of voice acting in her later years, including a year as Max of 'Goof Troop', 'Duckman', and 'Rugrats'.
Here is an archived website devoted to her. Pretty sad.

Jason Lively as Rusty



Jason hasn't been on the big nor small screen in years, except when he was in 2009's documentary called 'Thrill Me! Night of the Creeps.' . He's been directing and doing some camera work, however. More recently he was the director of the videos 'Learn to Hip Hop' and 'Learn to Hip Hop, Volume 2'. These are from about 1o years ago, so I am not sure I can say they are too awfully recent.

Here is a 1985 interview with Jason and Dana. I haven't watched it in a few months, but I remember how different the two seemed. Jason is a bit green and fidgety next to Dana's poised, experienced self.

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Christmas Vacation 1989


Juliette Lewis as Audrey






Last  year she was in two movies, 'Foreverland' and 'Hick'. At the moment she is filming a movie called 'Open Road' and is in the series 'The Firm'. The pic above is from just a few months ago at the Winter TCA Tour.

Johnny Galecki as Rusty




Of course, he's in 'The Big Bang Theory', my son's favorite show.

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Vegas Vacation 1997


Marisol Nichols as Audrey



Plays the character Heather in 'GCB'...I have never heard of this show, but I don't have television now, so I'll use that as an excuse.

Ethan Embry as Rusty




Just in the past year, he's been on TV in 'Fairly Legal', 'The Witches of Oz', and 'CSI: Miami'. In flims, he is in 'The Reunion', 'Ordinary Man', and in three films now in post production: 'Desert Storm', '180', and 'In Security.'



 
 
 
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spoilerphobescribblecat on April 8th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
Great post! I didn't know the first two Audreys were both called Dana in real life, and that's very sad about Dana Hill, I didn't know that either.
Thanks for this post! I love these movies.
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
Bex: Naruto grinslolitaevadaisy on April 8th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
You rock for posting this- out of all, Christmas movie and Vacation movie (1st) are my favorite national lampoon. I absoutely love AMH on the dead zone...you should watch someday! :)
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Thanks! I actually really like the Christmas one, too but it's been so long that I have seen it that I tend to forget about it.
The Dead Zone interests me, maybe I should catch an episode online sometime.
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 9th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmm...
[Thanks for the update!]
Hello.toiletdog on April 8th, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
My mom and I watched the original all the time! It was "our" movie. :)
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 9th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Us, too! It's so fun...do you do the quotes, as well?
ಌ Jamie ಌrunfromtears on April 8th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Jason Lively's younger sister Blake Lively plays in Gossip Girl. I don't watch the show so I don't know her characters name but I find it interesting :)
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
I wondered if they were related, so thanks!
dahliabluedahliablue on April 10th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
They're also related to Robyn Lively, who starred in that 80s gem Teen Witch. :)
Raindrops keep falling on my head...estrange on April 8th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
Love it!
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad!
maddeninglymaddeningly on April 8th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
great post! :D thanks!
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 9th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
Blowfish & Funk Framinghamartvandellay on April 8th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
I was always confused about the casting of Audrey II. She was nothing like Audrey I.
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, same here. I always preferred the first Audrey, but then when Dana Hill died I felt guilty (lol) and started appreciating her more I guess. But they're both really, really different!
Danielle: [Jake 2.0] Jake - Black & Whitedani_ellie on April 9th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
For a while there, Marisol Nichols stalked me through television. She turned up on episodes of Charmed and SVU within a few weeks of each other, I realized I knew her from an old TV movie with Shannen Doherty that I had seen numerous times, and I turned on an episode of Diagnosis: Murder after not having watched Diagnosis: Murder in AGES only to find her in it.

This all took place over the course of a couple of months. It was weird, haha.

GCB is only a few weeks old, so it makes sense that you haven't heard of it. :)

Edited at 2012-04-09 01:45 am (UTC)
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 9th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see! Sometimes I am pretty out of touch because I am not a big TV watcher, but in this case I guess it makes sense!
dahliablue: 80s - jem & the hologramsdahliablue on April 10th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
I love these posts! Thanks for making them.
Where Are We Going & Why Am I In This Handbasket?inhaltslos on April 10th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like them! With my schedule, they take me a few days to make, but if folks like them, I absolutely don't mind! They're fun for me as well.
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