updated 02/12/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/12/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST
So are Pacino, 60, and actress D'Angelo, a couple since 1997. While the never-wed Pacino has a daughter, Julie, 11, from a relationship with acting teacher Jan Tarrant, 46, the children are the first for D'Angelo, who separated from Italian duke Lorenzo Salviati in 1984 after three years of marriage; the couple didn't divorce until 1995. "Al has been wanting a son for so long," says Sal's wife, Katherine Kovin-Pacino, 48. (Al's mother, Rose, died in 1962.) "Beverly is going to make a wonderful mom. She is the best thing that ever happened to Al."
Giving birth at 49 was no snap for D'Angelo, especially when she had pre-labor contractions toward the end of her pregnancy. Friend Chevy Chase, her husband in the National Lampoon's Vacation comedies, says, "Because she's not a young mother, she was a little nervous." But D'Angelo held out well past her Jan. 8 due date, says Kovin-Pacino. "She was very uncomfortable at the end, but she came through like a trouper."
The new parents—D'Angelo lives solo in L.A. but often spends time at Pacino's house outside New York City—have been ducking calls. "They really want time on their own," says Kovin-Pacino. Chase jokes that the twins should have been named after the kids in the Lampoon movies: "I was hoping I she'd name them Rusty and Audrey."