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Constance Marie

Full / Real Name: Constance Marie Lopez
Born: 09 September 1965 (54 years old)
Gender: Female

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Constance Marie is an American actress best known for her starring role as Angie Lopez on the television sitcom George Lopez, from 2002-2007.

She is also known for her role as Marcella Quintanilla (mother of Selena) in the 1997 film Selena and for starring as Regina Vasquez in the family drama television series Switched at Birth.

She has made guest appearances on CSI, The Secret Life of an American Teenager and According to Jim and starred opposite Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Eric Roberts in The Hallmark Channel movie Class.

In her personal life, Constance welcomed her first child, Luna Marie Katich, on 5 February, 2009. Constance has been candid about the difficulties she faced trying to get pregnant and eventually turning to IVF. She is determined to reach out to women in similar situations, and is proud to let them know that they are not alone.

In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about pregnancy wellness, Constance is a vegetarian and organic follower. She also practices a "green" lifestyle and is knowledgeable about "green" living.

For instance, Constance decorated Luna's nursery with completely organic and non-toxic materials. From the paint to the furniture and carpeting, Constance made sure that the room was safe for her baby and for the environment.

Constance also writes a baby blog for People.com, sharing her experiences and thoughts on trying to conceive, pregnancy, her daughter's first year, and green living.

In the debut year of George Lopez, Constance also starred in the Golden Globe-nominated series American Family, alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch. She was simultaneously starring in two television shows.

Constance's thriving career began when she was a teenager in Los Angeles' underground break-dancing scene. She was selected out of a group of 500 hopefuls to dance on tour with David Bowie.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, she was cast as a dancer in the movie SALSA. The film's choreographer, Kenny Ortega, introduced her to Steve Tisch, who offered Constance her very first acting job, a starring role as Penny on the CBS series Dirty Dancing.

It wasn't long before Constance was working in feature films, starring as Toni Sanchez in the New Line film MI FAMILIA, directed by Gregory Nava, with whom Constance has worked numerous times.

She won praise from fans for her portrayal of Tejano music legend Selena Quintanilla's mother, Marcella, in the blockbuster film Selena. Only a year older than her onscreen daughter, the young and sexy Constance had to undergo four hours of extensive make-up in order for her to portray Selena's mother.

Constance also starred in the celebrated film, Tortilla Soup, playing Yolanda, the daughter of Raquel Welch. The film received an Alma Award nomination for "Outstanding Motion Picture."

Television producer Gary David Goldberg soon offered Constance a role as Michael J. Fox's antagonist love interest, Gabby, on the hit series Spin City. She also played Gabriella Diaz on Union Square, for which she received an Alma Award nomination for "Outstanding Female in a Comedy Series."

Constance also portrayed Detective Toni Brigatti for two seasons on the popular series Early Edition opposite Kyle Chandler.


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