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Constance Marie Lopez (born September 9, 1965)[1] known professionally as Constance Marie, is an American actress of Mexican origin. She is known for her role as Angie Lopez in George Lopez (2002–2007) and her role as Marcela Quintanilla (mother of Selena) in the 1997 film Selena. She portrayed Regina Vasquez in the ABC Family/Freeform drama series Switched at Birth (2011–2017).

Constance Marie
Constance Marie.jpg
Marie at the 2012 Imagen Awards
BornConstance Marie Lopez
(1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 53)[1]
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationActress
Years active1982–present
Children1
WebsiteConstanceMarie.net

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Early lifeEdit

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.

CareerEdit

Her acting career began when she was in her teens. She landed a spot in the 1988 film Salsa. Other credits include Early Edition, Dirty Dancing, Selena, Spin City, 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 comedy-drama film Tortilla Soup. She also appeared in the PBS drama series American Family.

In October 2007, she launched her own clothing line, "The Constance Marie Collection".[2] The same year, she appeared in an ad for PETA, encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets.[3]

From 2011 to 2017, Marie had a starring role on the ABC Family/Freeform drama series Switched at Birth, playing the birth mother of one of the girls and legal mother of the other.

Personal lifeEdit

Marie was in a 15-year relationship with yoga instructor Kent Katich, which ended in September 2015.[4] They have a daughter, Luna Marie, born in February 2009.[4] Marie is a longtime vegetarian and raised her child as a vegetarian.[5]

FilmographyEdit

 
Marie kissing her trophy at the 13th ALMA Awards in 2012
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Glass Spider Featured Dancer
Salsa Featured Dancer
1995 My Family Toni
1997 Selena Marcela Quintanilla
1999 The Last Marshal Rosa
2000 Dancing in September Teresa Lopez Television film (HBO)
2001 See Spot Run The Neighbor Uncredited
Tortilla Soup Yolanda
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Montana
2011 Puss in Boots Imelda Voice role
2014 Sweet Surrender Sandra
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 Dirty Dancing Penny Rivera 11 episodes
1989–1990 Santa Barbara Nikki Alvarez Daytime soap opera
1991 The 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"
The Hat Squad Episode: "The Widow Marker"
1993 12:01 Joan Zevo Television film
1994 Island City Connie Sealle
1995 Fast Company Liz Shelby
1996 The Sentinel Beverley Sanchez Episode: "Killers"
1997 The Underworld Television film
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 Main role; 120 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Det. Carolina Flores Episode: "Two and a Half Deaths"
2009 The 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 film
2011–2017 Switched at Birth Regina Vasquez Main role; 103 episodes
2016 Angel from Hell Linda Recurring role; 5 episodes
2016–present Elena of Avalor Doña Paloma Recurring voice role; 8 episodes
2017 Lopez Herself Episode: "George Dates His Daughter"
2017 Law & Order True Crime Marta Cano 8 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Constance Marie Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Constance Marie Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Constance Marie". CBS News. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Pearson, Jennifer (September 2, 2015). "Switched At Birth star Constance Marie separates from her fiancé of 15 years Kent Katich". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "No "MOO" for Me and Luna Marie". ConstanceMarie.net. August 11, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

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