Connie Sellecca

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Connie Sellecca
File:Connie Sellecca 2008.jpg
Sellecca in 2008
Born Concetta Sellecchia
(1955-05-25) May 25, 1955 (age 63)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, spokesperson, activist
Years active 1976–present
Spouse(s) Gil Gerard (1979–1987; divorced)
John Tesh (1992–present)
Children 2

Connie Sellecca (born May 25, 1955) is an American actress and former model, best known for her roles on the television series The Greatest American Hero and Hotel, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1987.[1]

Early life

She was born Concetta Sellecchia in The Bronx, New York, New York to Italian parents.[2][3] At age twelve, she moved to Pomona, New York and attended Pomona Junior High School. While attending Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, she first became interested in the performing arts. Although she matriculated at Boston College, she withdrew to pursue a career in acting.[4]

Career

Sellecca first worked as a fashion model before her acting debut in the film The Bermuda Depths in 1978,[5] followed by Captain America II: Death Too Soon, a TV movie starring Christopher Lee and Lana Wood. She then starred in a CBS comedy Flying High, about an airline then as lawyer Pam Davidson on The Greatest American Hero, the girlfriend and foil to the main character. After Hero ended, she was released from her contract in time to audition for the part of promotions manager Christine Francis on the television drama Hotel, opposite James Brolin. She played this role from 1983 to 1988.[6]

Sellecca plays lead roles in several made for television films.[4] More recent work includes a role in the 2009 film The Wild Stallion.

Personal life

Sellecca was married to actor Gil Gerard throughout much of the 1980s.[2] They have a son together, Gib Gerard.

Since April 4, 1992, she has been married to infotainer/pianist and former Entertainment Tonight host John Tesh. They have a daughter Prima.[7] named after Connie's father Primo.[5] Like Tesh, Sellecca is a born again Christian.[8]

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1978 The Bermuda Depths Jennie Haniver
1978-1979 Flying High Lisa Benton 19 episodes
1979 Captain America II: Death Too Soon Dr. Wendy Day
She's Dressed to Kill Alix Goldman
1980 Beyond Westworld Pamela Williams 4 episodes
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Sara Hawthorne Nevins 1 episode
1985 International Airport Dana Fredricks
1981-1983 The Greatest American Hero Pam Davidson 41 episodes
1987 The Last Fling Gloria Franklin
Downpayment on Murder Karen Cardell
1983-1988 Hotel Christine Francis 115 episodes
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1987)
1989 Brotherhood of the Rose Erika Bernstein
Turn Back the Clock Stephanie Powers
1990 Miracle Landing Mimi Tompkins
People Like Us Ruby Nolte Renthall
Mulberry Street Connie Savoia
1991-1992 P.S.I. Luv U Dani Powell 13 episodes
1992 A House of Secrets and Lies Susan
Eye of the Storm Patricia 'Pete' Peterson
1993 Passport to Murder Helen Hollander
1994 She Led Two Lives Rebecca Madison
1993-1994 Second Chances Dianne Benedict 6 episodes
1995 A Dangerous Affair Sharon Blake
The Surrogate Joan Quinn
A Holiday to Remember Carolyn Giblin
1997 While My Pretty One Sleeps Neeve Kearny
Something Borrowed, Something Blue Monique D'Arcy
Doomsday Rock Katherine
1999 Dangerous Waters Sarah
2002 Anna's Dream Leslie Morgan
2002 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Stephanie Carver
2009 The Wild Stallion Matty
2012 All About Christmas Eve Elizabeth Cole

References

  1. Connie Sellecca:Biography
  2. 2.0 2.1 Connie Sellecca Biography (1955-)
  3. New York News obituary of her uncle with news about the family
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Connie Sellecca - About This Person - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Connie Sellecca", Internet Movie Database (retrieved on 30 May 2010)
  6. Connie Sellecca- Biography
  7. "AT HOME WITH: John Tesh; The Discreet Charm Of a New-Age Sport". The New York Times. March 23, 1995. Retrieved 19 August 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Crosswalk.com. "John Tesh: A Deeper Faith". Atlanta Christian Magazine. Retrieved 2007-06-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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