• Victoria Scott D’Angelo is a former American actress and the widow of late US Air Force officer Chuck Yeager.
• She grew up in an affluent family in Philadelphia and went to University of Virginia and Columbia University.
• She married Chuck Yeager in 2003, and he passed away in 2020.
• She had a short-lived acting career, and was also known for 'crashing' celebrity parties as a means of making industry connections.
• Victoria acquired a part of Chuck's estate at the time of his death, and her net worth is estimated at more than $500,000.
Victoria Scott D’Angelo Wiki Bio
Victoria Scott D’Angelo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, on 5 June 1965 – her zodiac sign is Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s a former actress, also known for having been married to the late US Air Force officer Chuck Yeager.
Early life and education
Victoria grew up in an affluent family in Philadelphia; her father was a renowned lawyer, while her mother was a social worker, who briefly came into limelight for convincing the former First Lady of the USA, Betty Ford, to publicly talk about her alcoholism.
Growing up, Victoria had artistic tendencies, and dreamed about becoming an actress. She studied acting at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1980, with a drama degree. However, after trying to make an acting breakthrough in Hollywood for two years, she gave up on acting, and enrolled at Columbia University, from which she graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in business.
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Marriage with Chuck Yeager
Victoria met Chuck Yeager in March 2000, when they happened to bump into each other during a hike in Los Angeles, California. They started dating, and married in August 2003; they lived together in Penn Valley, California, and didn’t have children.
The famous pilot was previously married to Glennis, with whom he had four children, Susan, Don, Mickey and Sharon. His later decision to marry Victoria, 36 years his junior, sparked quite a controversy at the time. His children were not accepting of their new step-mother either, and accused her of having undue influence over Chuck. His daughter, Susan, who managed his financial affairs, eventually filed a lawsuit against Victoria, claiming that she was scheming to alienate Chuck from his family, and inherit his estate.
After nearly a year of deliberation, the Nevada Superior Court ruled in Victoria’s favor, and Susan was held liable of breaching her duties as her father’s trustee on several occasions. The trial damaged Chucks’ relationship with his children; ‘They thought, when I die my money would be gifted to them, but when Victoria came into the picture, they knew it wasn’t going to be that way. (…) It’s not easy to sit here and watch the kids you raised turn on you, and become predators’, Chuck said in an interview he gave in 2019.
On 7 December 2020, Victoria announced her husband’s passing on Twitter. She acquired a part of his estate, and hasn’t remarried since.
Career and personal life
In the early 1980’s Victoria was actively auditioning for roles in movies and TV series, but found little success, aside from doing several TV commercials. She made her film debut in 1985 in the romantic drama thriller “Witness”, directed by Peter Weir, and which starred Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and Lukas Haas. Victoria landed the role unexpectedly, namely, she was late for a train, and noticed the film crew along the way to the station. She promptly introduced herself to the crew, and ended up cast in the role of an unnamed detective.
Victoria then headed back to Hollywood in an attempt to boost her acting career. Aside from auditioning, she was also found sneaking into celebrity parties, hoping to make industry connections.
This happened so often that Los Angeles socialites nicknamed her ‘The Crasher’, while the daily newspaper “Los Angeles Times” published an article calling her ‘The Queen of Wannabes’. One of the people she met at those parties was the NBC executive, Brandon Tartikoff, who even wrote a book inspired by Victoria’s antics, and gave her $25,000 for her idea.
As she couldn’t make a living as an actress, Victoria apparently made money by filing small-claim suits. Court records reveal that she had more than 30 cases filed by and against her, from 1988 through 1998, which include claims against a ‘phone company for having static on the line, and claims against airlines for losing her luggage.
In recent years, Victoria has been keeping a low profile, living her life away from the media’s spotlight. She hasn’t made any public appearances since her husband’s passing, and isn’t active on social media.
Appearance, age and net worth
Victoria is 56 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 143lbs (65kgs).
As of January 2022, her net worth is estimated at more than $500,000.
Chuck Yeager Wiki Bio
Charles ‘Chuck’ Elwood Yeager was born in Myra, West Virginia on 7 December 1923 – his zodiac sign was Sagittarius, and he held American nationality. He was a US Air Force officer, and the first pilot in history confirmed to have broken the sound barrier in level flight.
Chuck was born to Susie Mae and Albert Hal Yeager, and had two brothers and two sisters. When he was five years old, the family moved to nearby Hamlin, West Virginia, where Chuck spent most of his formative years, matriculating from a local high school in 1941, receiving his best grades in typing and geometry.
As a teenager, he attended the Citizens Military Training Camp in Indianapolis during the summers of 1939 and 1940. In September 1941, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force, and became a mechanic at one of their bases in California. Although he was not eligible for flight training due to his educational background, the Air Force was forced to lower their pilot entry standards when US entered World War II, which opened the door for Chuck to receive training.
Chuck was trained in Nevada as a fighter pilot, and shipped overseas to the UK in 1943. In the same year, he shot down two German aircraft, demonstrating outstanding flying skills and combat leadership. In October 1944, Chuck became the first pilot in his group to down five enemy aircraft in a single mission.
He finished the war with 11 official victories, one of them being one of the first air-to-air victories over a jet fighter.
In his memoire, Chuck recalled the war in disgust, stating that he witnessed atrocities committed by both sides. He married his then-girlfriend, Glennis, after returning home in February 1945, and two stayed together until her passing in 1990.
Chuck graduated from Air Materiel Command Flight Performance School in 1946, and stayed a member of Air Force as a test pilot. In the following year, he was selected to fly the rocket-powered Bell XS-1, as a part of the program researching high-speed flight. On 14 October 1947, he broke the sound barrier at an altitude of 45,000ft (13.7km) over the Mojave Desert in California.
The success of the mission wasn’t announced for another eight months, but when the news broke, Chuck became a national hero. He was rewarded with Mackay Trophy and Collier Trophy in 1948, and in 1954, he received the Harmon International Trophy. His aircraft is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Chuck broke another flight speed record in 1953, surpassing Scott Crossfield who reached twice the speed of sound earlier that year.
From 1962 to 1966, he participated in the test training program for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), helping aspiring astronauts prepare for flights, however, he later attracted criticism for his alleged discriminatory behavior towards African-American pilots.
Chuck retired from Air Force in 1975, and moved to Grass Valley, California with his family. He wrote an autobiography which became an instant best-seller, and the family prospered partly became of the book sales, as well as Chuck’s various other commercial ventures.
Chuck died in the afternoon of 7 December 2020, at the age of 97, in Los Angeles.
At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated at more than $1.5 million.