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Constance Marie Lopez

(1965-09-09) September 9, 1965 (age 58)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1982–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Partner(s) Kent Katich (2000–2015)
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Constance Marie Lopez (born September 9, 1965) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Angie Lopez in George Lopez (2002–2007), and Marcela Quintanilla (mother of Selena) in the film Selena (1997). She portrayed Regina Vasquez in the ABC Family/Freeform drama series Switched at Birth (2011–2017). She is currently portraying Camila Diaz in the Amazon Prime Video drama series Undone (2019).

Early life

Constance Marie was born and raised in East Los Angeles. At age 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 at a club by a dance choreographer for David Bowie and she was hired for the Glass Spider Tour in 1987.


Marie began her acting career when she was in her teenage years. She landed a spot in the 1988 film Salsa. Other television and film 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 alongside Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, and Elizabeth Peña. She also appeared in the PBS drama series American Family.

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

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

Personal life

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


Constance Marie with ALMA
Marie kissing her trophy at the 13th ALMA Awards in September 2012
Year Title Role Notes
1988 Glass Spider Featured Dancer
Salsa Featured Dancer
1995 My Family Toni
1997 Selena Marcela Quintanilla
1999 Last Marshal, TheThe 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
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1989 Dirty Dancing Penny Rivera 11 episodes
1989–1990 Santa Barbara Nikki Alvarez Daytime soap opera for NBC Daytime
1991 Man in the Family, TheThe 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"
Hat Squad, TheThe Hat Squad Episode: "The Widow Marker"
1993 12:01 Joan Zevo Television film
1994 Island City Connie Sealle
1995 Fast Company Liz Shelby
1996 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Beverley Sanchez Episode: "Killers"
1997 Underworld, TheThe 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" and "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 Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe 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
2016–2020 Elena of Avalor Doña Paloma Recurring voice role; 13 episodes
2017 Lopez Herself Episode: "George Dates His Daughter"
2017 Law & Order True Crime Anthology series; Marta Cano 8 episodes
2019-2022 Undone Camila Diaz Main role; 16 episodes
2019–2020 Alexa & Katie Dr. Corts Recurring role; 4 episodes
2020 Connecting... Maria Episode: Day 135
2021 With Love Beatriz Diaz Main role

Awards and nominations

  • Soap Opera Digest Awards
    • 1991: Outstanding Female Newcomer (Daytime) – Santa Barbara (Nominated)
  • ALMA Awards
    • 1998: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series – Union Square (Nominated)
    • 2007: Outstanding Actress (Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie) – George Lopez (Nominated)
    • 2011: Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role – Switched at Birth (Nominated)
    • 2012: Favorite TV Actress - Supporting Role – Switched at Birth (Won)
  • 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)

See also

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  • List of Mexican Americans
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