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Also Known As: Constance Marie Lopez Died:
Born: September 9, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actress

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Hailing from the world of dance, Constance Marie emerged from the global concert stage - which included a stint on David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spider Tour - and forged a successful acting career. Though she struggled for a few years to find her footing, Marie landed her first break on the television remake of the hit film, "Dirty Dancing" (CBS, 1988-89) and had a recurring role as Nikki Alvarez on the daytime soap "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993). From there, she developed a creatively fruitful collaboration with director Gregory Nava, who cast her in "My Family, Mi Familia" (1995) and "Selena" (1997), both of which helped raised Marie's profile considerably. She went on to a number of television guest spots, before returning to films with roles in "Dancing in September" (2000) and "Tortilla Soup" (2001). But it was her main role on "The George Lopez Show" (2002-07) as the titular star's pampered and chiding wife that exposed her to a much wider audience who were only just becoming aware of her talent. After spending seven years on the show, Marie was a popular small screen star who found further success on other series and in features, showing that she had come quite a long way since her dancing days. ...

Hailing from the world of dance, Constance Marie emerged from the global concert stage - which included a stint on David Bowie's 1987 Glass Spider Tour - and forged a successful acting career. Though she struggled for a few years to find her footing, Marie landed her first break on the television remake of the hit film, "Dirty Dancing" (CBS, 1988-89) and had a recurring role as Nikki Alvarez on the daytime soap "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1984-1993). From there, she developed a creatively fruitful collaboration with director Gregory Nava, who cast her in "My Family, Mi Familia" (1995) and "Selena" (1997), both of which helped raised Marie's profile considerably. She went on to a number of television guest spots, before returning to films with roles in "Dancing in September" (2000) and "Tortilla Soup" (2001). But it was her main role on "The George Lopez Show" (2002-07) as the titular star's pampered and chiding wife that exposed her to a much wider audience who were only just becoming aware of her talent. After spending seven years on the show, Marie was a popular small screen star who found further success on other series and in features, showing that she had come quite a long way since her dancing days.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Puss in Boots (2011)
2.
 Class (2010)
3.
 Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)
4.
 Tortilla Soup (2001) Yolanda
5.
 Dancing in September (2000) Teresa Lopez
6.
7.
 Selena (1997) Marcela Quintanilla
8.
 My Family: Mi Familia (1995) Toni Sanchez
9.
 Fast Company (1995) Liz Shelby
10.
 12:01 (1993) Joan Zebo
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Starred dancing while in her teens
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Traveled to Japan to perform in the musical by famed composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Cosmopolis"
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Spotted in a club by a dance choreographer for David Bowie
1987:
Performed as a dancer on David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour
1988:
Cast as a dancer in her first film appearance, "Salsa"
1988:
First acting role was playing Penny Rivera on the CBS series "Dirty Dancing"
1989:
Cast as Nikki Alvarez on the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara"
1995:
Feature film debut, the Gregory Nava directed "My Family"
1997:
Played the late Tejano singer's mother in the biographical film "Selena"
1997:
Cast in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Union Square"
2001:
Appeared in the film "Tortilla Soup"
2002:
Cast as Nina Gonzales in the critically acclaimed PBS miniseries "American Family"
2002:
Co-starred as the title character's wife Angie Lopez on the ABC sitcom "George Lopez"
2011:
Co-starred on the ABC Family drama series "Switched at Birth"
2011:
Voiced the animated character Imelda in the "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots"
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