Constance Marie

Constance Marie

Birth name: Constance Marie Lopez
Born: September 9, 1965
Age: 52
Birthplace: East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Biography

Constance Marie Lopez (born September 9, 1965) is an American actress, known professionally as Constance Marie. She is known for her role as Angie Lopez on George Lopez (2002-07) and her role as Marcela Quintanilla (mother of Selena) in the 1997 film Selena. She currently portrays Regina Vasquez on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth.

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Early life

At the age of 19, Marie appeared as a dancer in the musical Cosmopolis by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in Japan. When she returned to Los Angeles, she was spotted in a club by a dance choreographer for David Bowie and she was hired for the Glass Spider Tour in 1987.

Career

Marie's acting career began when she was in her teens. She landed a spot in the movie Salsa. Other credits include Early Edition, Dirty Dancing, Selena, Spin City, The Underworld and Ally McBeal. Marie was chosen for the role of Angie Lopez in the ABC comedy series George Lopez. In 2001, Marie starred in the film Tortilla Soup. She also appeared in the series American Family.

In October 2007, she launched her own clothing line, "The Constance Marie Collection". The same year, she appeared in an ad for PETA, encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets.

Marie has a starring role on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, playing the birth mother of one of the girls and legal mother of the other.

Personal life

Marie was in a 15 year relationship with yoga instructor Kent Katich, which ended in September 2015. They have a daughter, Luna, born in February 2009.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Glass Spider Featured Dancer
Salsa Featured Dancer
1995 My Family Toni
1997 Selena Marcela Quintanilla
1999 Last Marshal, TheThe Last Marshal Rosa
2000 Dancing in September
2001 See Spot Run The Neighbor Uncredited
Tortilla Soup Yolanda
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Montana
2011 Puss in Boots Imelda Voice role
2014 Cupid's Bed and Breakfast Teresa Lopez
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988-1989 Dirty Dancing Penny Rivera 11 episodes
1989-1990 Santa Barbara Nikki Alvarez Daytime soap opera
1991 Man in the Family, TheThe Man in the Family Jenny Episode: "None for Sal"
Jake and the Fatman Bianca Alamán Episode: "Where or When" (Parts 1 & 2)
Sibs Episode: "Warren: The Final Days"
1992 Reasonable Doubts Officer Petra Delgado Episode: "Fish out of Water"
Hat Squad, TheThe Hat Squad Episode: "The Widow Marker"
1993 12:01 Joan Zevo Television movie
1994 Island City Connie Sealle
1995 Fast Company Liz Shelby
1996 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Beverley Sanchez Episode: "Killers"
1997 Underworld, TheThe Underworld Television movie
Spin City Gabby Sanchez Episode: "Gabby's Song"
1997-1998 Union Square Gabriella Diaz 13 episodes
1998-2000 Early Edition Toni Brigatti 6 episodes
1999 Two Guys and a Girl Venita Episodes: "Two Guys, a Girl and the Storm of the Century", "Two Guys, a Girl and Ashley's Return"
2000-2001 For Your Love Samantha 6 episodes
2001 Ally McBeal Inez Cortez Episode: "Hats Off to Larry"
That '70s Show Little Drummer Boy Episode: "An Eric Forman Christmas"
2002 American Family Nina Gonzalez 13 episodes
2002-2007 George Lopez Angie Lopez 120 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Carolina Flores Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2009 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager Virginia Molina Episode: "Whoomp! (There It Is)"
According to Jim Victoria Episode: "The Ego Boost"
2010 Class Victoria Corrales Television movie
2011-present Switched at Birth Regina Vasquez Main role; 93 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Linda Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016-present Elena of Avalor Doña Paloma Recurring voice role; 10 episodes

Awards and nominations

  • Soap Opera Digest Awards
    • 1991: Outstanding Female Newcomer (Daytime) - Santa Barbara (Nominated)
  • ALMA Awards
    • 1998: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series - Union Square (Nominated)
    • 2007: Outstanding Actress (Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie) - George Lopez (Nominated)
    • 2011: Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role - Switched at Birth (Nominated)
  • Young Artist Awards
    • 2004: Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series - George Lopez (Nominated) with George Lopez
  • Imagen Foundation Awards
    • 2004: Best Actress in Television Drama - American Family (Nominated)
    • 2004: Best Actress in Television Comedy - George Lopez (Won)
    • 2005: Best Actress (Television) - George Lopez (Nominated)
    • 2006: Best Actress (Television) - George Lopez (Nominated)
    • 2007: Best Actress (Television) - George Lopez (Nominated)
Charities

Constance Marie supports the following charitable causes: Breast Cancer, Women's Issues, Cancer.

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