Name:
Constance Marie
Birth Date:
September 9, 1965
Birth Place:
East Los Angeles, California, USA
Nationality:
American
Profession:
actress
BIOGRAPHY
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Switched at Birth

Background:

American actress of Mexican descent Constance Marie is best known for playing Angie Lopez on “George Lopez” (2002-2007) and as Regina Vasquez on the ABC Family drama “Switched at Birth” (2011-present), from which she picked up an Imagen Award for the first show and a Gracie Allen Award, an ALMA Award and an Imagen Award for the latter. She also had roles on “Santa Barbara” (1989-1990), “Union Square” (1997-1998), “Early Edition” (1998-2000) and “American Family” (2002). 

Marie has one daughter with her partner, Kent Katich, a yoga instructor.

“We'll never get divorced if we never get married.” Constance Marie (on why she and fiancé Kent Katich haven't married yet after a long-term engagement)

Cosmopolis

Childhood and Family:

Constance Marie Lopez, who would later be popular as Constance Marie, on September 9, 1965, in East Los Angeles, California. When she was 19, Marie was a dancer in the musical Cosmopolis by composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in Japan.

On February 5, 2009,  Marie welcomed a baby girl named Luna Marie. The father of the baby is fiancé Kent Katich.      

George Lopez

Career:

Constance Marie began her career in her teens in the underground breakdancing scene in Los Angeles. She was discovered by a dance choreographer for David Bowie in a club and was selected out of 500 dancers to tour with Bowie on his 1987 worldwide Glass Spider Tour. After returning to Los Angeles, she landed a spot as a dancer on the film “Salsa” (1988). She was introduced to Steve Tisch by the film's choreographer, and was cast in the series regular role of Penny Rivera on the CBS short lived show “Dirty Dancing” (1988-1989), co-produced by Tisch and Robert Lovenheim. It was followed by a role on the daytime soap opera “Santa Barbara,” in which she played Nikki Alvarez from 1989 to 1990. For her work on the show, Marie was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime.

Marie made guest appearances in many television shows like “The Man in the Family” (1991), “Jake and the Fatman” (1991), “Sibs” (1991), “Reasonable Doubts” (1992), “The Hat Squad” (1992), “Cobra” (1993), “The Sentinel” (1996) and “Spin City” (1997). From 1997 to 1998, she starred as Gabriella Diaz on the NBC sitcom “Union Square,” opposite Michael Landes. She was nominated for a 1998 ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her work. Also in 1998, Marie started a recurring role as Police Detective Toni Brigatti in the CBS drama series “Early Edition.” She also appeared in films such as “My Family” (1995), “Selena” (1997) and “The Last Marshal” (1999).

Following a regular guest appearance as Samantha in the NBC sitcom “For Your Love” (6 episodes, 2000-2001), Marie co-starred with Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga and Esai Morales in  the PBS series “American Family” (2002), for which she was nominated for an Imagen Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama for her role. However, her true break came when Marie was cast on the main role of Angie Lopez on the ABC hit sitcom “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons from March 27, 2002 to May 8, 2007. For her bright performance on the series, the actress won an Imagen in the category of Best Actress in a Television Comedy (2004) and nabbed several awards nominations including a Young Artist nomination for Most Popular Mom & Pop in a Television Series (2004) and an ALMA nomination for Outstanding Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie.         

In the meantime, Marie appeared on films such as “Dancing in September” (2000), “See Spot Run” (2001), “Tortilla Soup” (2001), where she had a notable supporting role as Yolanda, “Puff, Puff, Pass” (2006) as well as on episodes of the TV shows “Ally McBeal” (2001) and “That '70s Show” (2001). She went on to make guest appearance in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2008), “ The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (2009) and “According to Jim” (2009). She portrayed Victoria Corrales on the made for TV “Class” (2010) and provided the voice of Imelda in the computer-animated action/comedy film “Puss in Boots” (2011).

Marie gained another big break when she landed the main role of Regina Vasquez on the  teen/family drama series “Switched at Birth,” which premiered on the ABC Family on June 6, 2011. Portraying Daphne's legal mother and Bay's biological mother, she took home a 2012 ALMA for Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role, a 2012 Gracie Allen for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series or Special and a 2013 Imagen for Best Supporting Actress/Television for her performance. 

In 2014, Marie appeared as Sandra in the drama/romance movie “Sweet Surrender,” starring Mackenzie Aladjem, Jonathan Bennett and Jim Blanchette. The film premiered on Germany on TV on March 19, 2014.       

Awards:

Imagen: Best Supporting Actress/Television, “Switched at Birth,” 2013
ALMA: Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role, “Switched at Birth,” 2012
Gracie Allen: Gracie, Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series or Special, “Switched at Birth,” 2012
Imagen: Best Actress in a Television Comedy, “George Lopez,” 2004   
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