Constance Marie Lopez (born September 9, 1965) 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).
Marie at the 2012 Imagen Awards
|Born||Constance Marie Lopez|
September 9, 1965
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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.
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.
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.
Marie was in a 15-year relationship with yoga instructor Kent Katich, which ended in September 2015. They have a daughter, Luna Marie, born in February 2009. Marie is a longtime vegetarian and raised her child as a vegetarian.
|1988||Glass Spider||Featured Dancer|
|1999||The Last Marshal||Rosa|
|2000||Dancing in September||Teresa Lopez||Television film (HBO)|
|2001||See Spot Run||The Neighbor||Uncredited|
|2006||Puff, Puff, Pass||Montana|
|2011||Puss in Boots||Imelda||Voice role|
|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
- Soap Opera Digest Awards
- 1991: Outstanding Female Newcomer (Daytime) – Santa Barbara (Nominated)
- ALMA Awards
- Young Artist Awards
- Imagen 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)
- "Constance Marie Biography". BuddyTV. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
- "Constance Marie Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- "Constance Marie". CBS News. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
- 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.
- "No "MOO" for Me and Luna Marie". ConstanceMarie.net. August 11, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2018.